When it comes to seafood, I'm pretty much a late bloomer. Just this year was the first time I had raw clams (I loved the snap!)! Last year, the first time I had oysters
(Raw, These I didn't love so much
AMAZING!!). So when a couple of months ago a home sick hound was asking about fried clams, my interest became piqued! Shortly there after, I tried the fried clams at Quality seafood . They were nothing more than mealy batter drippings! Bleh! I looked up the post again, and realised what quality seafood was selling was Clam Strips
AH! And another poster raved about the fried clams at Jar
So fast forward to the last week I finally found a pal I could con Uhhh.. convince to go to Jar with me.
My friend started the evening right by getting there early and having a martini and some of their amazing potato chips at the bar. But when I walked in, I headed straight for the table, potato chips are yummy, but I wanted those clams as soon as possible!!
And so I got a glass of Syrah at the table and soon there after, a little white dish showed up at our table. FINALLY! I looked in and saw fancy batter drippings Ugh The batter was tasty, but you could barely taste the sweet ipswich clams. It came with a pretty pedestrian cocktail sauce and a creamy bernaise type sauce. The only 'bright' side of this dish is that is was set upon potato chip threads, so I did get to taste the potato chips after all :P I was so dispointed, when I got home I googled to see if maybe I had unrealistic expectations on how fried clams should be but then I found picture after picture looking like this
And I felt even more gyped!! Ugh so sadly all you east coast fried clam lovers, when you go back home to visit, be sure to eat all the fried clams there Because we got nothing for ya here
Luckily the rest of our dinner faired better. We both ordered the pot roast which did live up to the hype. A large portion, amazingly flavorful and the meat was SO soft almost melty. We pondered how long they had cooked the meat, it had to be for HOURS to get that luscious texture. The Carrots and Onions were also so wonderful. But the best for me was the SUPER potent horse raddish that gave a kick unlike anyother I've tried WOW!!!!
For the sides we got the Braised Brussel Sprouts (One of my favorite veggies) and Water Spinach, which turned out to be more like Chinese Pea Shoots!! Both portions were more than plenty to share. The brussel sprouts were so flavorful and so soft. Almost like little sprouty cotton balls! The Spinach had a wonderful green woody taste which worked well with the richness of the pot roast.
We didn't order dessert, so everything including drinks, tax and tip was about $112. And despite the dispointment with the Clams, I would definatly return for that pot roast, some more brussel sprouts and definatly another appetizer! :)