8.19.2011

Prosecco, Lobster, And Oysters At Neptune Oyster

Lobster roll at Neptune Oyster, Boston, Mass.

I left the job I've been at for the past five-plus years last Thursday and gave myself a little time off before I start my new job (more on that soon), so last Friday I was free to join Daisy for her Summer Lunch Series.

It is nearly impossible to find a hot, buttery lobster roll around here, and I had heard that Neptune Oyster, located in Boston's North End, is known for that very thing, so I asked if we could go there. I won't get into how terrible I think it is to ruin perfectly good lobster with mayo, but I will tell you that not much can beat a hot, buttery lobster roll, so I was really looking forward to our lunch -- both to catch up with Daisy and to satisfy my lobster roll craving.

Neptune Oyster, Boston, Mass.

We met outside Neptune Oyster around 12:30 p.m. and found out we'd have to wait about 30 minutes for a table. We wandered in and out of some nearby shops and then sat on benches along the greenway soaking in a little sun while we waited.

Neptune Oyster, Boston, Mass.

We headed back over a little bit later, and a waitress showed us to a table right in the middle of the tiny restaurant. We were in a celebratory mood and each ordered a glass of prosecco to have with our lunch.

Prosecco at Neptune Oyster, Boston, Mass.

A waiter had dropped off menus and a slip of paper with oyster selections. We already knew we were going to split a lobster roll, so we began looking through the oyster choices. I had tried Kusshi oysters at Taste of the Nation and loved them for their small size and cucumber finish, so we ordered two of those. Daisy is a big fan of Wellfleet oysters (as am I), so she suggested two of those. The last oysters we added were the Kumamoto, which neither of us had tried before.


We expected our oysters to come out first, but we actually got the lobster roll before them. No sense letting it get cold -- so we dug right in.

Lobster roll at Neptune Oyster, Boston, Mass.

Was it everything I'd hoped it would be? Oh, yes. The chunks of fresh lobster meat were generously coated with butter and piled on a soft, grilled roll. And the fries that complemented the roll were hot and well seasoned. I know where to go next time I need a lobster roll! Though I will have to save the visits for a special treat as the lobster roll costs $25.


To wash down the lobster roll, we worked our way through the oysters.

Oysters at Neptune Oyster, Boston, Mass.

We started to the right of the lemons with the Wellfleet oysters. I spooned some of the mignonette on mine and slurped it down. It was the saltiest of all the oysters we ordered and had a buttery finish.

Next I tried the Kumamoto oyster, which I thought was way too big to be grouped in the "small" category. This oyster was described as being very creamy with hints of honeydew melon. I definitely noticed the creaminess of it, but I may have drowned out the hints of honeydew melon with more mignonette.

I saved the Kusshi oyster for last and once again loved its sweet cucumber finish.

Oysters at Neptune Oyster, Boston, Mass.

If you're craving a lobster roll, I definitely recommend trying the one at Neptune Oyster. Just be prepared to wait, and know that the restaurant is very tiny and you'll be cozying up to your neighbors. It adds to the ambience.


Where's your favorite place to get a lobster roll?

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21 comments:

  1. Yum! I love Neptune's lobster rolls.

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  2. Oh man that lobster roll looks AMAZING! I'm definitely going to have to remember this next time the craving hits.

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  3. FunandFearlessinBeantownAugust 19, 2011 8:08 AM

    I love B&G lobster rolls...and nothing one from Red's Eats! I'm hoping we can stop and grab one before we head into Boothbay today!

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  4. I have heard that the lobster rolls at Red's Eats are amazing and you could stand in line for an hour. I hope you get to stop for one!

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  5. I'm convinced Red's is singlehandedly responsible for all the traffic on Rt 1 in Wiscasset. Sat in it for an hour last Sunday!

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  6. That looks like a perfect lobster roll. Let me know if you get out early next Fri and want to do a Summer Lunch Series :)

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  7. Awww I wish I knew. We went last year for Daisy's Summer Fridays and it was the best lobster roll EVER!

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  8. Erica at InandaroundtownAugust 19, 2011 10:02 AM

    These Lobster Rolls are amazing, however they are a bit $. But all the sweet delicious lobster you get its totally worth it!

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  9. What a fun afternoon. There is an insane amount of lobster on that roll.

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  10. I've been wanting to get to Neptune Oyster for a while now. The lobster roll looks delicious!

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  11. I am now craving a lobster roll! Although I like mine with mayo hehehe. I've never been to Neptune Oyster though and definitely want to try their version soon.

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  12. i don't even like lobster and that looks fantastic :) great friday lunch!!

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  13. I've heard good things about Neptune's lobster roll. I'm definitely going to try it out. I can't wait to hear about your job news! Tell us!

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  14. Lobster roll looks amazing! And Jon is with you on the no-mayo thing ;)

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  15. I've still never tried Nepture Oyster but I really, REALLY want to! After seeing the photos of your lobster roll I think I better. I've heard they also have a burger with fried oysters, which sounds very intriguing!

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  16. That burger does sound intriguing. I was so focused on getting a lobster roll, I didn't even notice!

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  17. That lobster looks delectable!! I've been wanting to go here for years and think I need to make it happen before summer is out! Congrats on quitting your job :)

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  18. Is anything QUITE as good as a good Boston lobster roll? I think not.

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  19. so glad we got to enjoy this lunch together. we certainly ate the best of what Neptune has to offer!! I love that first photo close up of all the lobster. so.good.

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  20. I'd heard great thing about their lobster rolls and really need to go get one! Sounds like the perfect lunch :) And congrats on your new job!!!

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  21. I'm obsessed with Neptune's... definitely the best lobster roll place in the city!! I know what job you got and I can't wait to hear more about it. You're sort of living out my dream :)

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