FIRST IMPRESSION: So this is what it will feel like to be on my million dollar yacht when I hit the big time! This underground restaurant and bar had structural accents of a yacht in all the right places; port holes letting pedestrians have a glimpse inside, white and silver edges like the hull of a ship, brass knobs and gleaming oak. It was beautiful to look at. And full of beautiful people.
It was buzzing with chatter and loud, almost club-like music which got me excited to be there. It was a 45 minute wait for a table, so we sat at the bar and got blitzed while watching the woman next to us order bowl after bowl of edamame. You can all the way here just to have edamame?? It was an hour before we realized we were starving, still at the bar, and on our second bowl of salt and vinegar chips. But soon enough, we were sitting across from each other, ordering more drinks.
ROUND ONE: I should note ahead of time that my boyfriend and I were a bit of a mess that night; I was in the middle of a 21 day Sugar Detox, and D was having such bad allergies he couldn’t taste anything he ordered. So our meals were not as extravagant as we would usually get. I ordered the Roasted Baby Beets Salad with Oranges, Pistachios, and Goat Cheese Mousse. It hit the spot. Sweet, creamy, crunchy and tangy all in one tiny plate. D ordered the New England Clam Chowder with Littleneck Clams and Smoked Bacon. I can’t tell you how it was because I couldn’t have it and he couldn’t taste it! Oh well.
ROUND TWO: Sometimes the size of my appetite astounds me. I can put away food like nobodies business. But that night, I wasn’t feeling it. Four vodkas tonics plus a drastic change in my diet, I only wanted something small. I ordered the Grilled Octopus with Olive Oil Crushed Potatoes and Basque Vinaigrette. Too salty for me, but the octopus was cooked to perfectly tender and the creamy potatoes added a nice touch. D ordered the “Lure Style” Burger with ‘The Works’, Onion Rings and French Fries. Not one, but TWO fried sides! I had a bite of the burger meat and it was good, but I didn’t see anything special about it to call it a “Lure Style” burger.
ROUND THREE: Very sadly, there was no dessert tonight. I gazed at the menu with such longing and anger and vowed to come back very soon to try the Butterscotch Pot d’ Creme. (The website advertises a Key Lime Pie, which is my all time weakness, and if that were on the menu that night, I probably would have caved and drowned myself in sugar.) D was fine with skipping dessert, he couldn’t taste it anyway!
Overall, we wouldn’t remember the meal but we would certainly remember all the laughs we had. Oh, and a word of advice: When checking into Facebook, make sure you choose Lure: Fishbar and not just “Lure”…soon after making that mistake I received a very troubled text from my mother, asking why I was having dinner at a strip club.
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