Nestled on the lower lobby floor of the The Langham hotel, recently renovated Bostonian Seafood and Grill is a fetching, semi-quiet dining spot amidst the hustle and bustle of TST. The hotel restaurant has been welcoming discerning foodies, both tourists and locals, for 20 years. Renowned for their commitment to sourcing sustainable seafood, Bostonian has introduced a new sustainable seafood menu (Marine Stewardship Council certified, Aquaculture Stewardship Council certified and/or ocean-friendly menu according to the World Wildlife Fund) that is loaded with enticing, eco-friendly ingredients.
The spot-on appetisers got the feast on the road. Sammy Bay oysters (from $208 for 6 pieces; from $408 for 12 pieces) from California slid smoothly down a slippery slope (aka my throat), leaving a delightfully briny aftertaste.
My favourite dish of the night was the vibrant Bostonian lobster salad ($298), layered with a beautiful combination of flavours. The piquant pinkish lobster sat atop a bed of salad leaves, house-made vinaigrette, creamy and perfectly ripe avocado and grilled sweetcorn. This was simply smashing.
Another winner was the frutti di mare ($328). As a starch lover, nothing much beats al dente pasta swirled in a lobster-infused tomato sauce, served with an array of seafood (red prawns, mussels, clams, calamari). Say no to most of the “seafood pasta” out there with petite bits of crab stick and turn your head to the seafood tagliatelle here.
Perfectly pan-seared, plump scallops ($248) were a pure joy to eat. The macadamia nuts lent a good crunch, subtly contrasting with the tender asparagus and baby carrots, which were all bathed in dreamy shrimp butter.
Main courses were finally under the limelight as the black codfish ($358) was served. The thick-cut fillet in salsa verde proved to be a match made in heaven. In dainty olive green, the dish was as pleasing to the eye as it was the belly.
We were dazed by the golden seafood pot pie ($358). The kind server cut through the golden pastry, opening a welcoming space for our forks and spoons. The pie filling is definitely Asian inspired, loaded to the brim with turbot, oyster, ginger, fennel, chestnut, Thai aubergine and lemongrass, making it a great dipping base for the pastry strips.
For dessert, the chocolate galaxy ($128) had multiple wow factors, a fitting ending for our seafood feast. The rounded black sphere, dabbed with tiny stars, cracked open as the melted chocolate sauce was poured. Like a treasure hunt, we dug inside the sphere to reveal the sesame praline and black sesame ice cream.
A distinguished menu at an equally distinguished restaurant, the sustainable seafood menu creates a win-win for both our ravenous appetite and our precious planet. To further advocate for sustainability and reducing food waste, Bostonian may consider cutting down the portion sizes – also to keep our bellies flat (if that’s possible).
In celebration of the new menu, Bostonian Seafood and Grill are rolling out a series of happy hour promotions:
- $15 oysters – 5–8pm daily
- free-flow drink package (house red/white wine, beer, OJ, soft drinks) – $198/person Monday–Friday 6–8pm; $298/person Saturday–Sunday 6–8pm
- 50% off bar snacks menu – 5–8pm daily
Lower Lobby, The Langham, Hong Kong, 8 Peking Road, TST, 2132 7898, email@example.com
This write-up is based on a complimentary media tasting provided in exchange for an honest review and no monetary compensation.