My dad was in town this weekend visiting and it’s been many years since he’s been in New England. He has a penchant for seafood, and especially lobsters – so I did some research and found a nice restaurant up in Mystic, CT. Yes two strange facts – one, that there is no good seafood to be found in New Haven, despite the great restaurant scene and the proximity to the shore. And two, that Derek and I have never been to Mystic in our six years of living in Connecticut.
But we took the drive up 95 North (that’s Connecticut North – as it really heads mostly East at this point). And arrived at our destination for lunch – S&P Oyster Company.
The restaurant is in a beautiful location – just on the river by the drawbridge. And since we showed up early for our reservation – we lucked out and got a table right by the window. Excellent!
My dad and Derek started the meal off with some raw oysters. S&P had six different kinds on the menu – so dad tried all six and Derek had three of them.
This is where I have to fess up and say – I’ve never eaten a raw oyster. Just seemed too slimy and squishy for me. But some wave of courage and adventure overtook me today (and maybe Derek saying that they were really good oysters and not very briny) and I decided to dive in and try my very first. I ordered two oysters – a Blue Point from Norwalk, CT and a Moonstone from RI.
The first one (the Mooonstone) I did with their champagne minionette (?) sauce and some lemon – it was ok, but a little salty. The second – I added some cocktail sauce and I liked it a bit better. They were fine and edible – but I don’t think I loved them enough to say I would go to great lengths to eat them. Evidence that I did indeed suck them down:
For the main course – the waiter (Jeremy) had talked up the local scallops – Stonington Sea Scallops. So I ordered them and they were accompanied by a corn tamal. Delicious
Derek ordered the special seafood trio for the day – mahi mahi topped with mango salsa, a soft taco around some yellowfin tuna, and shrimp risotto (but Derek substituted the Stonington Sea Scallops for the shrimp).
And my dad? He ordered the whole lobster, of course! And looked very happy eating it
While we were eating – the drawbridge went up and we got to watch the stream of boats pass by:
All in all – a fabulous meal in a really lovely setting. Two thumbs way up! We would definitely come here again.