I don’t know about you, but when I was working down on State Street, every time I went to lunch it would be at least $15, whether it be a salad, soup, a sandwich, burrito, food truck, whatever. For just a few dollars more you can have a seriously gourmet lunch over at Ocean Prime in the Seaport. The “power lunch” is making a come back and Ocean Prime is offering a three course prix fixe lunch that is 10 times more delicious then that sad deli sandwich you just ordered.
The interior is beautiful. You walk in to this amazing bar – just check out that light fixture!! There’s a mixture of tables depending on what your lunch calls for – booths for that cozy feel or round tables for that business meeting with your team.
They have some pretty amazing private rooms as well. Again, great for a private business presentation or even your company holiday party! The three rooms can accommodate a variety of different sized parties depending on your needs.
OK, so let’s get down to the important stuff, the food. Don’t pass up this bread basket! They had me at pretzel roll…
So Monday – Friday from 11:30 to 4pm you can order off of Ocean Prime’s “Prime lunch” menu. Here’s what’s on the menu: (pictured above is the teriyaki salmon with shiitake sticky rice and soy butter sauce, the clam chowder and the petite filet)
First Course: Point Judith Calamari, Creamy Clam Chowder or Ocean Prime House Salad
Entrée: Parmesan Crusted Chicken Caesar, Teriyaki Salmon served with Shiitake Sticky Rice and Soy Butter Sauce or Petite Filet served with Whipped Potatoes, Haricots Verts and Cabernet Jus
Dessert “Indulgences”: Chef’s Selection of Hand Spun Sorbet or Five Layer Carrot Cake
The desserts at steak houses don’t usually wow me, I mean, after a huge meal, who can fit anything else in. But Ocean Prime is a scratch kitchen and they make everything in house. The carrot cake was delicious, really light!
Let’s talk about their other menus. Their “young adult” menu will make you wish you were still one: buttered noodles ($5), mac and cheese ($6), crispy chicken ($7), Ocean Prime burger ($8), 5 oz. petite filet ($11), broiled salmon ($8) or a Maryland crab cake ($9). All meals come with Golden Delicious apple sauce and your choice of mashed potatoes, hand cut fries, green beans, salad, broccoli or buttered corn. The regular lunch menu has something for everyone: sushi, steak, seafood, I wanted one of everything! I’m already planning what I want to get when I go back! Check out how enormous those shrimp are! (and they were cooked perfectly!)
The surf and turf appetizer definitely caught my eye, perfectly cooked sea scallops with slow braised short rib served over creamy mashed potatoes ($18). Everything just melted in my mouth, I would come back here just for this appetizer.
Goat cheese normally isn’t my jam, but these Sonoma goat cheese raviolis with golden oak mushrooms were delicious, not too goat-y if you know what I mean.
In addition to their great bar menu, Ocean Prime also offers delicious “zero proof” options like this, the rhubarb soda ($5) with house made grenadine and lemon juice.
Now, what you have all been waiting for, what is the steak like? Here is the 16 oz. rib eye steak – how beautiful is that?!? You have options like béarnaise sauce ($5), black truffle butter ($6), Maytag blue cheese crust ($5) or garlic shrimp scampi ($14), but I always like to have steaks plain, to showcase the prime cuts of meat. This did not disappoint – it came out sizzling, cooked perfectly medium with a pink center. There was a nice crust and just the right amount of fat for flavoring. It was tender and juicy, everything you want a $49 steak to be.
The sides all sounded amazing: jalapeño au gratin ($12), roasted garlic mashed potatoes ($10), Parmesan truffle fries ($10), creamy whipped potatoes ($9), black truffle mac and cheese ($16), asparagus and hollandaise ($11), steamed broccoli ($11), sautéed button mushrooms ($12) or creamed spinach ($13). Pictured above is the roasted Brussels sprouts ($12) that were quite tasty.
The desserts all sounded appealing: a 10 layer carrot cake ($11), blueberry lemon cheesecake ($9), creme brûlée ($10), baked alaska ($13), chocolate cake ($11) and sorbet ($8). But what sounded the most delicious (and came recommended by our server, Jason M.) was the peanut butter pie ($11). A light peanut butter mousse with a bitter sweet chocolate ganache and an Oreo cookie crust. I have no words it was so delicious. I love me some Oreo cookie crust and just about anything that involved chocolate and peanut butter, and this dessert was light enough that anyone can have room for dessert 😉
Disclaimer: I was invited to Ocean Prime to sample their new lunch menu. My meal was provided complimentary. All opinions are my own.
140 Seaport Boulevard, Boston, MA