The Fish Market: fresh fish since 1976

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The Fish Market: fresh fish since 1976

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The Fish Market, known for its everyday fresh fish, is a great place for a bite to eat, a night-out, or a birthday dinner.

When customers first steps foot in The Fish Market, they’ll know this place takes fish seriously.

Clam Chowder

To the left, there is a seafood market, where you can buy your own fresh fish and take it home to cook yourself. In front of the restaurant there is a full Oyster Bar, which sells anything from shellfish to pasta. Upstairs is a high class seafood restaurant called Top of the Market.

The restaurant is located on the Foster City Lagoon overlooking the water. Everywhere you look in the restaurant you’ll find vintage pictures of fisherman and boats.

This restaurant will look busy, with the mounds of people sitting at various tables, but the staff makes you feel like you’re the only customer in the whole place. The lighting is very soft but not enough so you can’t see the person you’re sitting with and the volume level is relatively low for a restaurant that looks so full.

There are so many items on the menu it was hard to chose what to order. The menu ranged from every fish in season and multiple ways fish is served from pan fried to sushi.

The prices ranged from  $4 to $40 depending on what you order, which makes it a great restaurant for any occasion.

The first thing served is the sourdough bread which is admired for being so fresh. The bread is baked every day and served warm.

The appetizers I ordered were the classic Salt & Pepper Calamari, served with romailed and marinara sauce with sides of sliced green and red peppers, and its famous Baked Oysters Rockefeller.

The Calamari was cooked just right with a crispy taste instead of the rubbery taste you get when calamari is over cooked. The sauces complemented the dish by adding a slightly fruity and spicy taste with the romalied and a spicy punch with the marinara sauce.

The Baked Oysters Rockefeller was served in its shell with spinach and cheese that, just by looking at it, could tell it was grilled just right to get a golden crunch to it at the top. The oyster was just the right size, unlike most restaurants where you don’t  necessarily get your money’s worth of oyster.

As soon as the appetizers were done, we were served our soup and the table was quickly cleared of our previous dish. It was not done in such a way where the customer feels rushed to get out the door but in a tentative way that showed the waiters cared.Oysters Rockerfeller

The New England Clam Chowder was very hot, but a burnt tongue was avoided. When it cooled off it was divine with its thick and creamy texture, unlike the watery texture you’ll get with other clam chowders. There was a great amount of clams and sliced potatoes with hints of pepper.

Our main course consisted of the Washington Petrale Sole, served with veggies and rice, and the Virginia Littleneck Clams.

The Sole Petrale was pan fried with a lemon caper sauce with a side of light rice and crispy al dente veggies.

The Virginia Littleneck Clams came in a garlic butter and white wine broth that added a strong aftertaste. The broth with the sourdough bread was delicious and a little bit of a mess at the same time.

The meal was ended with Warm Apple Crisp A La Mode and the Classic Cheesecake with a blueberry sauce.

Cheesecake

The Apple Crisp was warm and served with a scoop of french vanilla ice cream on top with scatters of nuts on top.

While the Cheesecake had a berry marmalade sauce which made it a fruit blast of sophistication.

In all, the Fish Market was amazing and the food has customers coming back for more.

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