Gallery: Boston: Island Creek Oyster Bar Comes to Kenmore Square

Interior
Interior

The space is much improved over the former ultra-trendy Great Bay interior.

Island Creek Oysters
Island Creek Oysters

At $2 apiece, the oyster varieties distributed by Island Creek are the best value on the menu.

Steamed Littlenecks ($14)
Steamed Littlenecks ($14)

Sweet, bitter, and brothy, they are about as simple and delicious as fresh New England clams can get.

No Shell PEI Mussels ($11)
No Shell PEI Mussels ($11)

Tapioca-like pearls of Israeli couscous swim in a buttery broth faintly scented with almond and basil and thick with tender mussel bodies. It reminds me a lot of Thomas Keller's signature butter-poached oyster and tapioca dish, though with this dish, you get more than one bite—that's a good thing.

Fish & Chips ($14)
Fish & Chips ($14)

A little greasy with fish that bordered on mushy. It's a shame, because the malt-vinegar aioli is great

Fried Clams ($15)
Fried Clams ($15)

Whole-belly Fried Clams ($15) from the South Shore are a faultless take on the classic. Crunchy, grease free, and tender, I only wish there were a few more per order (you get about a dozen).

Apple Cider Doughnuts
Apple Cider Doughnuts

The surprise favorite of the meal was in fact dessert. A perfectly tender, crisp, light, and moist Apple Cider Doughnut fried to order.

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