In the shadow of the Ritz-Carlton stands a memorial befitting King Neptune himself. The folks at 801 Fish have created a lively, spacious décor in which to enjoy the catch of the day. If you change your mind and prefer something meaty, you can always walk across the street to their kindred restaurant, 801 Chophouse.
This week I lunched at the fish house, that opened in Clayton just three months ago. It was a brisk afternoon, so I went with the New England Clam Chowder ($12), that turned out to be flavorful, robust, and ample. My friend and I split a bowl, which our server was happy to do. I ordered the Crab Cake platter ($18), that included house fries, apple/fennel slaw, and a chunky crab cake with a garlic remoulade.
My friend had the Lobster Roll (Market Price). The Maine lobster was served on a buttered brioche bun, with Old Bay-dusted fries, and apple/fennel Slaw. Both plates had large amounts of well-seasoned seafood without the extra filler that too often creeps into such dishes.
The atmosphere and service were top-notch and the food fresh and well-prepared. I felt like I was at a high end restaurant on Chesapeake Bay, my old stomping grounds for good seafood. My only regret was that 801 Fish didn’t have a lunch menu, which made for a rather pricey mid-day meal.