||Located just one and one-half miles from Logan Airport, the Marriott Long Wharf has just completed an $11.5 million facelift. The project began in February 2001 and its retro dining room, Oceana, has just reopened, complete with art deco and nautical finishes. The new bar reflects an era of cruise ships with sails hanging from the ceiling and the dining room resembling the bow of a ship.
The hotel’s 402 guest rooms have undergone a massive renovation as well, making the bathrooms larger, providing more closet space, adding wet bars and refrigerators, in-room safes, 7” pillow-top mattresses and hypoallergenic down duvets.
With panoramic views of Boston Harbor, Oceana’s menu is overseen by Executive Chef Joseph Chaves. Chaves has been Oceana’s executive chef since 1999 and has worked for Marriott for more than a decade.
We visited the restaurant one Sunday for the brunch, which is served each week from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The brunch is simply divine, offering everything from simple breakfast items like scrambled eggs, bacon and sausage to made-to-order
omelets and freshly prepared Belgian waffles. If you’re not in the mood for breakfast, there are many other selections to whet your appetite.
Be sure to sample the fresh oysters, shrimp salad, roasted vegetable selection and fruit salad with cantaloupe, melon, pineapple, strawberries and whipped cream. The cheese display offered something for everyone - from Muenster to Swiss cheese with sesame, plain or onion crackers.
For carnivore lovers, don’t miss the roast turkey carving station, roast lamb and London broil. The chicken picatta was lightly seasoned and made a healthy dish atop rice pilaf and steamed carrots.
Our server was extremely attentive and friendly, offering us mimosas and fresh squeezed orange juice while making sure our coffee cups were filled with fresh Starbucks coffee.
The seafood newburg was one of my favorites, loaded with jumbo shrimp and sea scallops. Be sure to save room for dessert. I sampled the berry tart, topped with fresh raspberries, a wonderfully light ending to an endless dining experience. Other desserts included cheesecake, chocolate mousse and a sinfully rich looking chocolate cake.
Oceana is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For more information on their Sunday brunch, call 617-227-8181.
Long Wharf Marriott
296 State Street
Boston, MA 02109
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