now i'll admit, i'm generally more of a cheap eats guy than a blow-big-money-on-lunch guy. but for my girlfriend's birthday we decided to test out neptune seafood on salem st in the north end for lunch yesterday. a generous helping of wellfleets and kumamotos and the like to start--great selection of oysters in this joint and the four varieties we sampled were all real tasty. (excellent oyster crackers, too). next it was on to the crudo of the day, and it was the real highlight: an incredibly fresh bit of salmon over a scallion cream with salmon roe and "arborio cracklings", which were browned and crunchy bits of rice....so good. i wanted to order another plate of this as soon as it was gone.
i personally continued on with the raw fish with a tuna carpaccio salad which was nice, the fish was lively and the salad ok. the only flaw here was that the hard boiled egg that accompanied was overcooked enough to have the green ring around the yolk. ah, well--i ate it anyway. the so had a crab salad that had plenty of crab in it and the small taste that i had was delicious. all in all an amazing lunch, and though certainly not inexpensive i think it gave solid value overall. a good place for a special meal.
closed out the day by picking up some dairy fresh candies nearby on salem st, a little olive oil and taleggio at salumeria italiana, a cappuccino at cafe vittoria and hey what do you know? it's zeppole di san giuseppe time at maria's.