||From the moment you enter Grillfish, you are immediately greeted with the sweet smell of garlic. Four appetizers are sautéed in garlic - either with wine or tomato sauce.
The large open kitchen at the rear of the restaurant allows guests the opportunity to view the meals being prepared. The gothic style bar is lined with candles that provide a relaxed atmosphere.
We started our evening with the steamed clams in garlic and wine ($7.95). The sampling was just the right amount of clams - not overly generous but enough for the two of us. The light garlic sauce was perfect and not overbearing.
The fried calamari ($5.95) were small ringlets. We prefer the whole calamari instead of the pieces.
The bar room seafood chowder ($5.25) was a hit. Loaded with chunks of fresh fish, the base was creamy but not too heavy.
The classic Caesar salad ($5.95) was enormous. It arrived with large full pieces of romaine lettuce topped with a light Caesar dressing.
Other appetizers included beef satay skewers with peanut sauce ($5.50), grilled shrimp scampi ($7.75) and marinated calamari salad ($5.95).
As the name suggests, the specialty here is "grilled fish." With 14 grilled selections, including Atlantic Char ($15.95), bluefish ($9.95), rainbow trout ($13.50) and swordfish ($15.95), the restaurant also offers flamed meats, sautéed specialties and shellfish over pasta.
The scallop marsala ($14.95) looked wonderful as it arrived at the table next to ours. We were tempted to order the house marinated skirt steak ($13.95) but sampled the mussels in garlic wine ($10.95) and spicy clams in garlic tomato ($14.95). The mussels were a generous sampling over a massive bowl of pasta.
The monkfish piccata ($13.95) sounded interesting. Grillfish also serves the traditional chicken marsala ($11.50) and chicken piccata ($11.50).
Desserts here looked incredible but we were too full to sample any of them. Next time, we plan to save room for the caramel cheesecake brulee with butterscotch caramel crust ($6.25).
For reservations or more information, call 617-357-1620.
162 Columbus Avenue
Boston, MA 02116
Hours: Open nightly at 5:30 p.m.
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