www.bandgoysters.com (617) 423-0550
*On the corner of Tremont St and Waltham St, across from Boston Center For the Arts
Seth & Ren
Bottle of Val De Sil Montenovo Godello 2006
Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale x2
A Dozen Oysters: 4 Chincoteagues (Virginia), 4 Baynes Sound (British Columbia) and 4 Pebble Beach (Washington)
Clam Chowder w/ bacon lardons and spicy croutons
Fried Oysters w/ a house made tartar sauce
Fried Point Judith Calamari w/ a spicy aïoli
Hake (Cod-like fish) w/a lobster bisque, pearl onions and artichoke hearts
Mac and cheese w/ parmesan and mascarpone
$152.36 w/tax ($23 in Drinks)
Ave Price/Person: $50-60 w/ Drinks: $60-75
Seth: Barbara Lynch has some pretty incredible restaurants around the city. B & G is one that I’ve been meaning to get to for quite some time. The opportunity arouse with a call from Ren and I jumped at the chance. We had a 6pm reservation and arrived a few minutes early. We were sat immediately with the assistant manager coming by for a hello in the first minutes after sitting down. Our waiter came by and we made some small talk and ordered a beer apiece as we surveyed the menu. We started off with the dozen oysters; four apiece of three different types. All quite fresh and delicious. Three appetizers followed that: First the clam chowder. I usually a fan of thicker cream based chowder, but the bite that this one contained had me almost licking the bowl. Fried oysters and fried calamari followed. An amazing spicy ailoi accompanied the nicely cooked, thinly battered calamari and the fried oysters sat on a half shell with a little tartar sauce between them. I think it had a little wasabi in it but I’m not sure. A beautiful white wine arrived before the entrée. Light, crisp and so delicious, we had to restrain ourselves to keep from finishing it too quickly. We split the Hake plate next and the mac and cheese. The Hake had a bit of lobster bisque, and some roasted pearl onions and artichoke hearts that all paired exquisitely. The mac and cheese had a really tasty lightness and creaminess to it that was a treat. To close it all off we requested the Rhubard tartlet. I liked it. It was nice but I wish they hadn’t tamed down the tartness so much. It’s my favorite part and was hoping for more of a throwback to my mothers rhubarb dessert. My favorite thing: The fresh oyster opening.
Ren: A series of events strayed us from our original plan to dine at Citizens Public House and we instead found ourselves at a small but elegant restaurant by the name of B&G Oyster. Through a chain of acquaintance we were greeted at the door as if we were old friends and promptly seated. The selections on the menu were vast in flavor and the decisions difficult to be sure. Several moments of discussion and a delicious Lagunitas red brick ale later we came up with and executed our dining plan for the evening. They started us off with a fresh salmon ceviche amuse bouche which was followed by a dozen amazing oysters; I could have sworn one of which tasted like bubble gum. Next up was fried oysters with a homemade tartar sauce, fried calamari with a spicy aioli, a clam chowder with a kick, and a sample of their fish deviled eggs. Now I normally prefer a clam chowder a bit creamier but I found their broth to really compliment the flavor. At this time our charming and attentive waiter David brought over an incredibly delicious and crisp bottle of Godello; which we had to prevent ourselves from downing in one gulp. Next up we dined upon Hake with artichokes, pearl onions, and a chowder sauce as well as an order of parmesan mac & cheese. Let me tell you that mac & cheese was just out of this world light and delicious; I’m told the secret is the mascarpone they add. We finished off the meal with a rhubarb tart which while light and perfect for spring was a little lacking on the tartness we love about rhubarb. It was an incredibly delightful evening
that we will definitely be repeating in the near future with more dining companions. My Favorite thing: A tie between the fresh amazing oysters and spectacular mac & cheese.
Food: Seth 8.5 Ren 8.5 Food Average: 8.5 *Certified Dericious* Fresh fish and other seafood. Great sides. Good execution in all dishes.
Decor/Atmosphere: Seth 8 Ren 8 It’s a small space that’s well-managed. Cute and clean and a good vibe
Service: Seth 8.5 Ren 8.5 Great and attentive service. Present when you needed and gone when you didn’t
Total Average: 8.333 Cute, delicious, great little date spot. Got to check a box for another Barbara Lynch location! Woot.
One bad thing: Perhaps the loss of tartness to the rhubarb
- Best Places to Eat Seafood (apartmentguide.com)
- An Early Start…Oysters at Clam Bar, Napeaque (theoysterblog.com)