Monday, 16 July 2012

Yankee Lobster (Boston) - A Review

Two items you must try in Boston: Lobster Rolls and Clam Chowder. The are served almost everywhere in Boston, ranging from fancy restaurants to road-side eateries. There were a few recommended choices but I narrowed it down to two: Yankee's and James Hook's. These two are both located on Northern avenue by the docks so you know the quality is there. James Hook Lobster opens only till 2PM every Sunday, so Yankee Lobster became our only option. If I had my way, I'd have gone with James Hook since they sell their lobster rolls at an amazing price of $12.99.

It wasnt hard to find the place. You walk along the water front on Northern Avenue until you reach almost a dead end. You'll see the sign long before you get there, and when you do, you are greeted by a huge lobster at the store front.

Its a fast-food style ordering system. You place your order at the cash, pay, and find a spot to eat. When your food is ready, they'll bring it out to you. The problem with that is they forget a lot of orders. The family sitting beside us was missing a lobster roll and we were missing a clam chowder.

Now onto the roll itself. Let me just say this: I'd happily take this lobster roll over Panache any day. It's really simple: bite sized lobster chunks tossed with diced celery in a light mayo. I always wondered why celery was the vegetable of choice when it came to lobster rolls. I came up with two answers. It could be tradition, or that celery provides a nice crunch to the buttery lobster and gives a light peppery contrast.

Its served with a coleslaw and a side of fries, nothing fancy and there's no need to be. Simplicity is really the only way to treat fresh seafood and these people know their seafood. I don't have a list of spetacular vocabulary to describe it, but just know that it's lobster at it's purest and best. The sandwich was well worth my 20 bucks.

As for the clam chowder, it's a nice addition to the seafood feast. I wouldn't say it was loaded with clams but it was definitely loaded with flavour. It was thick and creamy...probably the heavy usage of a rue (butter and flour as a thickening agent)... and totally worth all those calories. I have attempted this after the fact, but never came close. I could say a ton of rue was used and still no similar effect. The thought of adding more is scary and I quickly abandoned the idea. So folks, if you are ever in Boston, make sure you try their seafood while you have the chance!

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