For months I had wanted to try this high-end seafood restaurant located at the Westin Copley Place hotel. But I should emphasize that it is not a hotel restaurant. I’ve encountered several guests who shy away from restaurants that are located within hotels. This one only occupies the same space as the Westin but it is its own entity.
There are very few fine dining seafood restaurants in Boston. Don’t get me wrong, Legal Seafood, Atlantic Fish and Skipjacks are all good seafood restaurants to dine in, but their menus are all pretty much the same. At Turner Fisheries, and even the Rowes Wharf Sea Grille at the Boston Harbor Hotel, they offer a more gourmet seafood menu. They prepare the dishes with attention to different spices and different preparations. And they are one of the few sustainable seafood restaurants in the city as well. From their menu:
Turner Fisheries is dedicated to using only the freshest, sustainable seafood from ethical and eco-friendly sources both locally and globally.
What this means for you, our customer, [is that you] can feel confident in all your seafood choices with us [and] that together we are doing our part to insure the future of the marine ecosystem.
With all that this wonderful restaurant had to offer, you can imagine my extreme disappointment when I turned on my camera to realize that I left my memory card in the computer. I did take a few pictures with my phone camera but I certainly hope to get back and get some better photos.
To start the evening, I order a glass of Cakebread Chardonnay. It was sparkly and oaky. Very refreshing.
Dark restaurant + phone on camera = grainy picture
As an appetizer, the table received 3 trays of starters: chilled Maine lobster, Jonah crab claws, northern shrimp, East coast oysters, littleneck clams and rope-grown mussels.
My plate consisted of shrimp and mussels. I’m very finicky when it comes to shellfish. We were also given crispy calamari (yum!) and Bang’s Island mussels which were cooked in cured vine-ripen tomatoes, chorizo and Sauvignon Blanc. Both were divine. I could have eaten the mussel broth with a spoon, it was that good. Luckily some bread soaked some of that up.
For an entrée, I was torn between the grilled mahi mahi with brown butter lobster pilaf or the baked long-lined scrod with lemon chive sauce and side of asparagus and fingerling potatoes. I’ve always had a fondness for baked fish, so I went with the scrod. I’m also big into white fish; I can’t really do swordfish, salmon or trout.
The fish was so tender, buttery and flakey. I ate about half of the fish and all of the asparagus and fingerling potatoes. I had a few pieces of the mahi that another in our party had received and I loved how it was grilled. It was very simple in its preparation but the grilling really brought out the flavor and texture. It was also more chicken-like in its texture and I really enjoyed that.
But I wasn’t stuffed yet! I saved some room for dessert. I wasn’t in the mood for anything heavy so I opted for the gelato selection. I ordered two flavors: vanilla and butternut. There was one scoop of each and a small biscotti. Along with a side of coffee, it was the perfect ending to a wonderful meal.
Overall, I enjoyed this dinner immensely. I have been looking forward to eating at Turner’s and they did not disappoint. If you’re looking for a fine-dining seafood restaurant, this one should be the top choice.
Turner Fisheries is located at 10 Huntington Avenue in the Westin Copley Place.