August 11, 2003
The Fishery is also a cash-and-carry fish shop. What fishy finery! Oysters, shrimp, ahi, yellowfin, you name it . . . so fresh, I’m sure it was flopping around a couple of hours ago.
Appetizers were $7.95-13.95. The oysters, a half dozen shucked to order, were $10.95 to 12.95. Fresh, fresh, fresh. I half expected a mermaid to come in, snatch them, and say, "Hey, I was using those! Get your own!" They also have a very nice ceviche with scallops. I know it was prepared fresh because I could see into the kitchen from my chair, and I saw the guy chopping up the vegetables. Do we see a pattern of freshness developing here? My uncle treated us all to soft-shell crabs.
Most entrees are $15-25, though a few were under ten dollars. I had a terrible time choosing. It all looked fantastic. That day’s market specials were pesto glazed Alaskan Troll King salmon for $19.95, potato crusted Alaskan halibut for $20.95, and broiled local White Bass for a salsa of olives, roasted peppers, mozzarella and basil for $16.95. The "Old Favorites" on the menu included salmon Miso for $15.95, swordfish picatta for $20.95, herb crusted yellowfin tuna for $25.95, and macadamia crusted halibut for $19.95.
I opted for the charbroiled Chilean Seabass in soy ginger marinade, with perfectly fork-tender zucchini. My husband had some kind of salmon salad; I don’t remember what he had because I was so engrossed in my own delicious entrée (isn’t that awful?) . . . I think it was the "salmon and greens" for $14.95.
We tested the service with a special request from my son. He wanted fried fish and chips, but wanted it to be fried salmon, not the usual halibut or cod. They gladly breaded it, herb crusted it, fried, and served it, no questions asked (though the rest of us were stumped!)
When it was time to move on to dessert, we saw that The Fishery has unusual items. I have never seen a little Egyptian pyramid covered in chocolate and hazelnuts before, but it was really fun, especially when we dug in and found the chocolate mousse filling. I had the balsamic glazed strawberries with vanilla gelato. Yes, balsamic, with brown sugar and butter. Was it tangy? Yes, but not too much so. Was it to die for? Yes. But be warned -- it’s enough for two people. If you want something a little more "ordinary," go for the warm chocolate brownie or the peach and berry cobbler with caramel gelato. The Chocolate Crunch Pyramid is $6.25, and all the other desserts are $5.95.
Reservations aren’t necessary, but call ahead for preferred seating (it’s a tiny place). It’s open daily 11am to 10pm.
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