Happy Hour @ Fish: Delightfully Indulgent & Remarkably Economical …
Standing in Front of Fish on 17th and Lombard
I was distraught when little Fish, my favorite BYO in Bella Vista, shut its doors. Fortunately, though, I won’t be deprived of what I consider to be the best seafood in the city. That’s because the chef of little Fish, Mike Stollenwerk, recently opened a larger restaurant, Fish, at 17th and Lombard.
A full dinner at little Fish or Fish costs more than I can spend on a regular basis, so I used to think of the restaurants as only for special occasions. But, to my delight, Fish started offering an exceptional splurge-free happy hour that can brighten my after-work mood any day of the week. In addition to its 47-seat dining room, Fish also has an intimate bar next to its open kitchen, which is perfect for casual tippling and nibbling. The happy hour menu is small but rotating, and everything I tried met the level of perfection that I’d hoped for.
Kick off happy hour with a specialty cocktail for just $6. All of them are springy and-fish-friendly. The guava margarita is made with fresh puree, the pink lemonade with Stoli is tasty, sweet, and refreshing, and the limon mojito is perfect if you don’t want something quite as sweet or pink. there are also bottles of craft beer for just $3 a pop as well as a couple of wines. The vinho verde is an effervescent white wine made from green Portuguese grapes, and is wonderful alongside the seafood.
Oysters Served up @ Fish
You have to order up some raw oysters for just a dollar each. there were two west coast varieties and an east coaster on the menu the evening I stopped by. I decided to try them all, and they came arranged in a specially made ice-filled trough. Served with a delicious mignonette of shallots and vinegar, they were tangy, creamy, and cool. The East Point, from Delaware, was nice and plump, but my favorite was the Chefs Creek from British Columbia. If you want to spice up your oysters a bit more you can opt for a shooter – there’s a “spicy bloody” oyster shot as well as a “chilly” shot with cucumber sorbet and lemon.
The best deal on the happy hour menu has to be the shockingly cheap $5 “snacks.” my favorite dish from little Fish, the Blue Bay mussels in a coconut, panang curry, and lemongrass sauce, make an appearance here. The super-plump shellfish have a wonderful spice that creeps upon you. The whole soft shell crab, atop a bed of fennel slaw, is also mighty tasty, as well as being hearty. I have to get back to Fish for a full dinner once I save up the dough, but until then I’ll be frequenting this delightful happy hour!
Fish1708 Lombard St, Philadelphia, PA 19146(215) 545-9600www.fishphilly.com
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