Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Review: Scott's Seafood Jack London Square

Scott's Seafood Restaurant was a nice finish to our busy day. The setting is white tablecloth but there is still a casual feel to the dining room with its calming waterfront view. There was a piano player in the lounge that was enjoyable throughout the dining room although he did tend to get a bit loud at times.

There were several of us foodies at the table so I was able to sample a variety of dishes.

The Boston Clam chowder was excellent; rich and buttery yet not too rich for a warm summer night. The Oysters Rockefeller were tasty, however I felt the breadcrumbs were over toasted and there were a lot of shell fragments in the oysters themselves.

Steamed clams were served in a lidded copper pot and were plentiful as a main course. The broth was buttery with the right amount of garlic and seasoning; a real delight.

I ordered from the Salmon Festival menu; Baked Wild King Salmon Saltimboca- Wild Mushroom Risotto, Sage Beurre Blanc. Three nice sized salmon filets were wrapped in prosciutto and laid out on a bed of risotto, it was very tasty and cooked perfectly. There were lots of flavors working together to make this a memorable dish.

I could not personally taste the Fisherman’s stew due to a scallop allergy but I was told by three other foodies that the broth that accompanied this dish was somewhat over lemoned. The Herb crusted Halibut with lemon caper butter was wonderful. The halibut was cooked perfectly and the sauce elevated the complex flavors of the herbs and fish.

The Dungeness Crab Encrusted Swordfish was in my opinion, not well executed. The crab was mixed with an herbed breading; it was bitter and completely overpowered the swordfish. The lemon butter sauce seemed completely lost.

For dessert we ordered the Crème Brulee, Bread Pudding, and an Apple Gratin with vanilla ice cream. The crème brulee was interesting as it was infused with Harvey’s Bristol Cream, The bread pudding and apple gratin was average but clearly homemade so I give A for effort. Unless there is a chef de patisserie in house I find that dessert is usually not a highlight.

Overall a good meal in a beautiful setting and the service was great! If you are not looking to be blown away by your experience Scott’s on Jack London Square is a decent value for seafood.

Scott's Seafood
Oakland, Jack London Square

2 Broadway
Oakland, California 94607
Phone: (510) 444-3456

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