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Neptune Oyster Feast of 7 Fishes 12/23; Who Else?

opinionatedchef Dec 6, 2011 05:38 PM

Lots of CH discussion of this place lately. Quite the blow- out coming up.
Limited tickets left. 2 seatings:
Just some of the items on the pre-set menu:

tonnato crudo
yellowfin tuna, toasted rustic bread, sea salt

north end baccala torta
golden potato, basil, spicy tomato gravy
***
seared georges bank scallop
blood orange salad, chesnut bread pudding, mache

grilled petite cuttlefish
cherry pepper relish, stone ground polenta, broccoli rabe

***
gloucester cod livornese
slow roasted tomato, olives, capers, genovese basil

butter poached maine lobster tail
freshly shaved perigord black truffle, spinach, potato

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Grotto has done a 7 Fishes Dinner before I think. Anyone know if they or other places are doing one this year?

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Grotto
37 Bowdoin Street, Boston, MA 02114

Neptune Oyster
63 Salem St Ste 1, Boston, MA 02113

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    pemma Dec 21, 2011 11:45 AM

    Bistro 5 in West Medford is doing it 12/20-12/23

    http://www.bistro5.com/node/76

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      ShareFood Dec 16, 2011 05:54 AM

      Posto Restaurant in Davis square has a feast menu as well. Here is the link. 5-9pm and $50 for food

      http://www.pizzeriaposto.com/menus_13...

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        misscucina Dec 8, 2011 01:51 PM

        Very excited, I'll be there. They're doing 4 seatings -- 4:30 & 5pm; 7:30 & 8pm. You have to pay at the time of reservation ($100pp) and I assume alcohol, tax and gratuity are extra. I booked today -- I could hear the staff talking on the phone about what table numbers were available and it sounds like it's filling up. They are seating parties at the bar.

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          bluesjack Dec 8, 2011 01:29 PM

          Prezza is also doing a feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve...$60 per person...menu is on their Facebook page

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          1. re: bluesjack
            gini Dec 29, 2011 11:54 AM

            We went to Prezza's on Saturday and it was delightful. I think we might have even enjoyed it more than Il Casale last year and Grotto the year before. Still, with so much delicious seafood around - how can you go wrong?

          2. phipsi102 Dec 8, 2011 09:52 AM

            Il Casale is doing a 7 Fishes Menu in addition to the regular menu, for 12/24 only.

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            1. re: phipsi102
              opinionatedchef Dec 8, 2011 09:57 AM

              hmmm, nice find! ...nonna's walnut stuffed escarole.

              http://ilcasalebelmont.com/ilcasalech...

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              ParisLady Dec 7, 2011 02:52 PM

              Grotto and Marliave are doing a Christmas Eve Feast of the Seven Fishes. Have not checked but the menu should be on the websites. Have been very good in the past.

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              1. re: ParisLady
                opinionatedchef Dec 8, 2011 10:04 AM

                menus not posted as of yet. only 3 courses at grotto and menu available maybe this sat.

                http://grottorestaurant.com/events/in...

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                Grotto
                37 Bowdoin St, Boston, MA 02114

                1. re: opinionatedchef
                  ebone Dec 15, 2011 12:50 PM

                  Here are the Marliave and Grotto feast menus:

                  The Feast of Seven Fishes at the Marliave

                  Please choose one from each of the following for 70 dollars per person

                  First Course

                  Bouillabaisse Cod, Clams, Shrimp, Mussels, Garlic bread, Tomatoes, Saffron broth

                  or

                  Insalata Grilled Calamari, Octopus, Shrimp, Arugula, Lightly smoked trout, Lemon, Thyme

                  Second Course

                  Rockefeller Oysters, Escargot, Spinach, Cream, Sea salt crackers

                  or

                  Macaroni & Cheese House cut ziti, Lobster, Osetra caviar, Black truffle, Farmhouse cheeses

                  Third Course

                  Halibut Pan roasted, Fingerling potatoes, Artichokes, Carrots, Black olives

                  or

                  Scallops Pan seared, Sweet potato ravioli, Wild mushrooms, Sage, Pumpkin seeds

                  Feast of the Seven Fishes at Grotto

                  Please choose one from each of the following for $60 per person

                  First Course

                  Insalata di Mare
                  Grilled, Calamari, Shrimp, Octopus, Arugula, White beans, Lemon

                  or

                  Ostriche
                  Island Creek oysters, Caviar, House cured salmon,

                  Prosecco

                  Second Course

                  Fra DiavoloTagliatelle, Butter poached lobster, Mussels, Chiles, Tomatoes

                  or

                  Ravioli
                  Crab, Salt cod, Saffron, Almonds, Asparagus, Roasted Tomatoes

                  Third Course

                  Pesce Spada
                  Swordfish, Clams, Potatoes, Spinach

                  or

                  Pettini
                  Pan roasted, Jumbo scallops, Monkfish, Wild mushrooms, Risotto, Leeks

                  1. re: ebone
                    opinionatedchef Dec 15, 2011 10:46 PM

                    TSM for posting this. That Grotto menu looks particularly appealing to me.

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                      Spike Dec 16, 2011 06:15 AM

                      Ditto....signed up for the 5:30 slot :-)

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                        Spike Dec 24, 2011 05:42 PM

                        The Grotto 7 Fishes was excellent...don't think we had a dish that was bad...everything was cooked well and not overly salted :-)
                        Presentation was fancier than the typical Grotto dishes too.

                        Photos attached...should be obvious what they are from the menu above. Sorry about the grainy photos...it's reallllly dark in there so I had to push process them because I hate using flash at restaurants to avoid annoying other people :-P

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                        Grotto
                        37 Bowdoin Street, Boston, MA 02114

                         
                         
                         
                         
                         
                         
                        1. re: Spike
                          ebone Dec 29, 2011 08:17 AM

                          Did anyone go to the Feast at the Marliave? I ended up having to cancel my reservation and wonder how it was...

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                            gini Dec 29, 2011 11:55 AM

                            Nice to see that the old favorites are there (crab ravioli), but that Grotto has added dishes like the oyster. Thanks for posting!

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                  AaronInBoston Dec 7, 2011 12:10 PM

                  any site with details on neptune's? do you know the pricing? sounds amazing.

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                  1. re: AaronInBoston
                    opinionatedchef Dec 7, 2011 12:51 PM

                    Not on their website. They filled up last yr, it seems, just through word of mouth. it's intended as a thank you/treat for their regulars because apparently they put out alot of expensive stuff and it is not a for-profit venture for them. 2 seatings- 5 and 8. reservations/tickets 617 7423474; good to call in aftnoon when they're less crazy. Menu has MANY more items than i listed above.

                    1. re: AaronInBoston
                      opinionatedchef Dec 7, 2011 12:56 PM

                      aaron, here's the full menu.

                      wellfleet cherrystone clam & glidden point oyster
                      fresh lemon & cocktail sauce

                      ***
                      antipasti
                      peekytoe crab & artichoke
                      white anchovies
                      laughing bird shrimp
                      ricci di mare toasts
                      castelventrano olives

                      ***
                      tonnato crudo
                      yellowfin tuna, toasted rustic bread, sea salt

                      north end baccala torta
                      golden potato, basil, spicy tomato gravy

                      ***
                      seared georges bank scallop
                      blood orange salad, chesnut bread pudding, mache

                      grilled petite cuttlefish
                      cherry pepper relish, stone ground polenta, broccoli rabe

                      ***
                      gloucester cod livornese
                      slow roasted tomato, olives, capers, genovese basil

                      butter poached maine lobster tail
                      freshly shaved perigord black truffle, spinach, potato

                      ***
                      mast brothers sea salt dark chocolate, 36 month parmigiano reggiano riserva
                      served with lambrusco dolce

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                        AaronInBoston Dec 7, 2011 01:49 PM

                        Thanks for the info, sounds great. I gave them a call and was quoted 100$ p/p. Going to have to think about it as it's a lot for me to shell out at this time of the year.

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                          demonachizer Dec 21, 2011 10:02 AM

                          Are all dishes included or is it one from each section separated by ***?

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                            opinionatedchef Dec 21, 2011 02:30 PM

                            ALL of them!

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                            opinionatedchef Dec 25, 2011 01:23 AM

                            The seafood machine was well oiled last night and the 3 parties at our table all had a great time talking and eating. After starting with a perfect clam and oyster, I found the evenings' only disappointment in the 'apps'. But every course after them was diverse and delicious, particularly....... well, all of them actually. And there was no feeling, at the evening's end, of heavy 'stuffedness'. We will happily repeat the treat next year, and I'm looking forward to returning soon for the (rarely seen in boston) sturgeon coming on the Neptune menu some time this winter. I'm also really hoping chef serpa will feature razor clams and octopus soon as well.

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                          njpm Dec 7, 2011 11:54 AM

                          According to the BostonChefs site, Mare is offering it all month, and The Blue Room (under the new chef) is offering one Dec. 9.

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