Richmond - Boulevard Fish Fried fish, chicken and oysters
There are two dishes I found very good at Boulevard Fish on Cutting Avenue - the fried oysters and the mustard greens. The restaurant is owned by a Chinese-Estonian family which hired some of the original staff when it was a soul seafood place and revised some of the recipes.
I am not a big fan of fried oysters or mustard greens, but they are both very satisfying here.
The oysters, dipped in flour and fried, were creamy and although the coating wasnt super crispy it worked. I liked these almost as much as I like fried clams. They were nice enough that I didnt use the little packets of hot sauce or tarter sauce. The taste was very clean.
The mustard greens are my favorite greens in the Bay Area, chopped and a little sweet with bits of pork. They were very fresh tasting and not at all bitter.
The menu is simple and only the following fried food is available.
Sides include: cole slaw, yams, mustard greens, potato salad, macaroni salad and fries
Desserts are: cake (white, chocolate, lemon), banana pudding and fries.
The delicate, thin catfish and snapper fillets were coated in salty bread crumbs. It wasnt a crispy coating but it was good. However, the Mississippi Cat Fish Truck is near enough to this restaurant that I would be more likely to get my fried fish there. This comes in second in terms of fried fish in this immediate area.
The yams were a little too sweet, probably canned but there was a bit of spice in them. Unfortunately that spice was clove which I dont like. The macaroni salad was good and along the lines of supermarket salad.
The only thing to avoid, as in REALLY avoid, is the cole slaw which had the taste of deceased cabbage. While it looked nice, and had a decent texture, the taste was foul. The first time I ordered it I took one bite and tossed it. I thought maybe it had spoiled, but it was bad enough that I wasnt going to order it again. By accident, on my second visit, they gave me the cole slaw instead of potato salad. Still foul. Still took one bite and tossed.
The large cake slices are nice. They have a thin frosting and a lightness of sponge cake with a buttery taste.
I have not tried the chicken, prawns, potato salad, fries or other desserts yet.
The above items come as sandwiches, dinners, dinner combos or by the bucket.. The difference boils down to the number of pieces. Sandwich is sort of a euphemism. The same two pieces of BBQ joint wheat bread in baggies that come with the dinners come with the sandwiches. Assemble them yourselves. Prices run about $11 - $13 for dinners with two sides and two slices of bread. Sandwiches run about $9 - $10 with one side.
A note at the bottom of the menu says salt and msg are used in the dishes and to let them know if you have special medical needs.
The décor is a step up from the usual area mom and pop and has a modern look. There is only one table and a few counter seats. Ive never seen anyone eat there, just take out. The owner, who was held up at gunpoint once, put some white metal grilling to separate the kitchen from the front room. They are not open as late either.
There always seemed people going in and out of this place as I drove by. It does a pretty steady business.
3051 Cutting Blvd
Richmond, Ca 94804
Monday Thursday 11 am 8 pm
Friday 11 am 10 pm
Saturday 11 am 9 pm
It is located next to a scooter store and across the street from a large funeral home (a nice cautionary reminder to those scooter folks to scoot carefully).