In Boston, nearly every out-of-town friend wants to get lobster.
I’ve hosted visitors from Hong Kong and China who adore seafood. Ordering can get challenging for elderly Chinese relatives, as names of fish, scallops and oysters are specific. If the menu has no images, it can be hard for guests to picture a dish.
At Summer Shack, community consultant Bik Ng wanted more diners to enjoy scrumptious seafood. Its three locations will offer Chinese menus with pictures of the Shack’s classic dishes. Banquet menus for large parties are also available in Chinese.
This includes Jasper’s famous pan-roasted lobster ($54), a succulent female lobster bathed in decadent bourbon-and-butter sauce.
Founder Jasper White was inspired by dumplings for his lobster potstickers ($13), served with citrus soy and ginger sauce.
A lobster clambake (market price) features a whole lobster, mussels, clams, potato, corn and eggs. It’s classic New England seafood, served with lemon and butter on the side.
The raw bar features fresh and sweet oysters, including South Bay blonde oysters ($3 each) exclusive to Summer Shack.
The Summer Shack crab cakes ($15) are stuffed with crabmeat, rather than breadcrumbs and imitation crab. Paired with creamy remoulade and fresh coleslaw, the crab cakes are among the best in Boston.
Smashing crabs are served Thursdays at the Alewife location. Reservations are also recommended for Mother’s Day on May 12.
Summer Shack serves quality seafood at fair prices in an unfussy setting. With Chinese menus, Summer Shack welcomes more diners to discover New England flavors.
This was an arranged tasting, so Sampan’s experiences may be more pleasant than the norm.
149 Alewife Brook Parkway
Cambridge, MA 02140
50 Dalton Street
Boston, MA 02115
Mohegan Sun Resort & Casino
Exit 79A off of Interstate 395 in Connecticut
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