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Best fish redux

Ian | May 29, 2003 11:48 AM

Earlier this week I posted an inquiry about the best fish places in Boston. I received some good suggestions, including Ritcey's in Waltham (which has the appearance of the type of place that Legals many years ago once was), and Out of the Blue in Davis Square. I intend to try them both. In the mean time, my wife and I did go to Great Bay at the new Hotel Commonwealth in Kenmore Square. (Remember when dining in Kenmore Square automatically meant a slice at the Kenmore Pizza Pad at 2am?) Great Bay clearly has some kinks to work out (and to be fair, we have to give them time), but I think it very well could be the upscale fish restaurant that Boston so desparately needs. I started with a grilled calamari salad, which was delicious, even if overly dressed, followed by their version of baked stuffed lobster -- a boiled two-pound lobster served out of the shell (except for the tail, which is split, the meat easily removed) beautifully served on top of a cake of stuffing, and served with baby vegetables and a butter sauce. The veggies were perfectly prepared and the lobster was excellent. I personally did not care for the stuffing cake, but I think it was more a matter of personal preference rather than being poorly prepared. Moreover, the dish was rich enough that I did not need the stuffing to feel stuffed (although I certainly would have preferred if the stuffing had been more to my liking). Great Bay clearly is more of a "foodie" place than a "chowhound" place, but I think it will nicely fill a niche.

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