Tonight I went to Turner Seafood Grill in Melrose with my sweetheart and another couple to celebrate a personal milestone. It was good but not stunning.
We arrived at 6:45 and were told there would be a 30-40 minute wait. We passed the time in the bar, with a dozen oysters (they said they were from Martha's Vineyard?) which were very good and beer.
Thirty-five minutes later we were shown to our table, where we consumed the following:
Lobster bisque: very good, rich and creamy with quite a few chunks of lobster.
NE clam chowder: Good, rich, nice ratio of clam to potato.
Jumbo Shrimp Saute: Four very good, very large shrimp on toast points with a great deal of fresh garlic and butter. Yummy. Add enough garlic and butter to almost anything and it's yummy.
Fra Diavola with mussels and calamari: very good. The sauce was actually spicy and complex. Lots of pasta, but there were more mussels than I could eat and the calamari was very tender.
Fish and Chips: Nice light batter, fresh fish, good chips. Nothing extraordinary but entirely passable. Good slaw.
Crab Cakes: Excellent and unusual. I could taste cinnamon in the crab cakes which, while unexpected, was good. Sauted veggies on the sides were a bit overcooked and the garlic mashed were unexceptional.
Japanese style salmon: adequate. The salmon was good, but a little dry. It was in a great deal of broth strongly flavoured with lemon grass, with two risotto arancini that didn't quite work.
A side of onion rings for the table were very good, thin cut, crisp and flavorful.
Tiramisu: dry and just sweet, not very flavorful
Molten chocolate cake: not terribly molten and too sweet.
More beer and wine with dinner.
Altogether it came to $154 for the four of us with drinks.
Service was slow and the room is quite loud, but I was expecting the room to be noisy, just be prepared if you go.
Turner Seafood Grill and Market
506 Main St.