SGV: Getting in on the shellfish at Boston Lobster
When I heard the chef left Newport Seafood, we had to follow him over to Boston Lobster to get our shellfish game on. Promises of less painful waits and slightly cheaper pricing sounded good to us.
Somehow though we got upsold on stuff so whether or not it’s actually cheaper is debatable. However, I’d still go back in a heartbeat. The “smallest lobster” at 4 pounds was fresh and delicious. We added on the noodles for $5 more but I found them a bit flaccid. I like a slightly chewier noodle and we had so much food that it almost wasn’t necessary.
Every good meal starts as a celebration of life and what better way to celebrate than a glass of cava. We brought in our own wine and like Newport Seafood, Boston Lobster charges a corkage fee. At only $10 a bottle, this might be the cheapest corkage in the SGV.
I did think it was hilarious the only stemware they had were cheery holly berries and leaves imprinted wine glasses.
I had to compare the crab and asparagus soup to that of Newport Seafood’s. I found this one a bit too long in the pot. The asparagus were quite mushy. Overall, I’d skip and get a different soup.
But who’s going for soup anyway? We all know the best things on the menu are lobster, crab and other shellfish. We decided on the clams with basil and were rewarded with plump and juicy clams. We asked for rice to soak up the tasty sauce.
I was feeling greens and my friend wanted Chinese broccoli but I had some the night before so we opted for the bamboo and mushrooms which turned out to have lettuce and snow peas as well. However, the thick gloppy sauce was rather reminiscent of old school American Chinese joints. I rather have a dry-fried string beans or perhaps spinach with garlic next time.
When we ordered the clams, our server had recommended the razor clams. Imagine our surprise when we got both. I’m glad we did though because after the lobster, the razor clams were my favorite. They were extremely fresh.
Go on the earlier side to avoid the insane line and small parking lot. And get ready for a lobster feast. I may have to try crab and shrimp next time!
Boston Lobster727 E Valley Blvd., San Gabriel, CA 91776 — (626) 288-4388 © The Minty 2016