I was on Main Street in Somerville this afternoon and on impulse stopped in at Boulevard Seafood Company for a nice lunch. I remembered seeing it under construction about a year ago, and had put it on my mental list of places to try once it opened . . . but my mental list is not the most a reliable place and I had forgotten to ever go back. Very glad I happened to be walking by it today and even more glad that I stepped inside.
First - appearances - the place is immaculate. Of course it helps that it's new, and restaurants should be clean anyway, but this place is so spotless that it really strikes you (or it struck me at least) the moment you walk in. It's clean but not "cold" or antiseptic - - the exposed brick and polished wood keep it warm and inviting. From the entrance, there's a hostess station on the left and a large window on the right through which you can see into the gleaming seafood market. Everything looks exceptionally fresh and the colors of the fish really stand out against the white tile walls and stainless counters. Past that is a dining room with an open kitchen, seating at a beautiful wood counter facing into the kitchen, and bistro/bar height tables. Beyond that is a second dining room, with more traditional seating.
As you'd expect, the menu is primarily, but not exclusively, fish and seafood. Many interesting preparations. The menu is divided between small plates and large plates. The small plate items ranged from $9 for shrimp corn chowder and the confit duck spring roll, to $14 for yellow fin tuna poke with avocado, jicama, and sugar snap, to $16 for jumbo lump crab and avocado cannelloni. The large plate items ranged from $15 for the yellow fin tuna burger to $29 for the seared day boat scallops & lemongrass pork belly. There were a number of daily specials listed on a large board, and a list of the day's raw bar offerings.
Everything on the menu looked interesting to me, but I opted for the $19.95 prix fixe lunch - choice of one of four small plate items, choice of one of three large plate items, and one of two deserts. I was told the items on the prix fixe menu change each week. For my small plate item, I had the ceaser salad which was very crisp, very lightly dressed, with a few fresh anchovies and housemade (I assume) croutons. For my large plate, I had the grilled salmon, which was expertly cooked and delicious. It was served with some sort of chickpea salsa and a dollop of guacamole, both of which paired surprisingly well with the fish. After the outstanding main course, I was a bit disappointed with the desert - a chocolate cake with a dense butter cream that perhaps should have been taken out of the fridge earlier to soften up a bit. But despite that very slight glitch, the prix fixe lunch was an excellent meal for the price.
The service was excellent too - - my waiter (Michael according to the receipt) was professional, friendly, attentive, and very knowledgeable about the menu.
Boulevard Seafood Company is a bit pricey for me to make it a daily lunch stop, but the meal was delicious, the restaurant beautiful, and the service excellent, so I will definitely be back.