A review of the Atlantic Bar and Restaurant in Quincy
Based on a rave review from a friend, we decided to try this restaurant last night and had a fantastic meal.
It's located on Route 3a (520 Washington St.) in Quincy, just before the Fore River Bridge Rotary. I'd driven by many times without even noticing it before.
We walked in and were greeted by the owner who took us to our table. The room was very nice...wooden floors, soft music, and very comfortable tables which were set far apart, so there was plenty of privacy. Even though there were quite a few tables filled, it was easy to have a conversation.
The food was a wonderful surprise. We started with lobster ravioli and chicken satay. The ravoli came as a huge plate, with probably 12 pieces. It was in a delicious saffron cream sauce, and each was stuffed with sweet lobster meat. It easily could have been a meal in itself. My friend had the satay, which was 5 enormous thick skewers of white meat chicken, rolled in crushed pecans and bread crumbs and fried golden brown, served with a delicious curried satay sauce. Again, a huge portion that would have been plenty to share.
The entrees all looked really tasty as well, but my friend settled on one of the specials, which was pork medallions in a mustard and herb cream sauce, with mashed blue cheese potatoes and green beans. I had the baked cod, with fingerling potatoes over an arugula and tomato salad with vinagrette. Again, a huge portion of pork that was cooked to a slightly pink color inside, and a wonderful tangy sauce with a nice stone-ground mustard flavor, and a mound of fantastic mashed potatoes with blue cheese and cracked pepper. Even the green beans were fresh and crispy, not overdone at all.
My cod was a huge chunk of very fresh fish, with a smattering of bread crumb topping and some butter, over a very tasty salad and the potatoes, which were nice and crispy. Just delicious. We were too stuffed to look at the dessert menu, but my friend raves about the desserts there too.
Service was very friendly and efficient, and best of all, the prices are very reasonable. Dinner for two, with a glass of wine and beer, came to $65. The lobster ravioli was the most expensive appetizer at $10, so you could easily spend a lot less if you wanted to. We plan to split one appetizer next time, because of the portions.
It's great to see a restaurant with that level of cuisine in that neighborhood. I hope more people give it a try and enjoy it.
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