Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Jumpin' Jay's Fish Cafe in Portsmouth, New Hampshire



After a grueling first day of corporate PF training, followed by late complimentary "boxed wine" at the hotel, we were starving and I was craving local seafood and linens. The GM at the Hampton Inn Portsmouth had a ton of recommendations for fish but when I insisted on "hip, casual and delicious," he called out Jumpin' Jay's but warned us of no lobster. 
Oysters 3 Ways: Blue Point from CT, Cape May Salts from NJ, Point Norris from NJ, $12/doz.  Lucky usit was "A Shuck for a Buck!" every Tuesday night. Very few things in life can be more gratifying than an ice cold, wet, slippery, meaty, silky slurp of oyster right off a crusty shucked shell. The Cape May Salts were the bestbig, meaty, plump, supple.
Snow Crab Claws, $16 for half doz.  Cold, crabby, sweet, barely salty and terribly addicting. We should have ordered a few dozen of these!
Pan Seared Cod from Casco Bay, ME, $25.  All the fishes come with russet mashed potatoes, roasted asparagus, caramelized shallots and a choice of sauce. Predictably, I chose a super Asian topping, "Mandarin Sesame Glaze with Wasabi Aioli" which was just so-so, not nearly as good as the "Sweet Garlic & Herb Butter." Can't ever go wrong with codthick, rich, buttery and melty.
Pan Seared Halibut from Sitka, Alaska, $28.  Since halibut was flown in that day and extra fresh, Mary and Brian couldn't resist. They also picked the insanely good and super garlicky "Sweet Garlic & Herb Butter" sauce.
We relied on Brian to diligently Shazam-ID all our favorite songs. Reach for the stars, bro! I mean, speakers! :)
Hot Fudge Brownie Sundae, $7.  Sliced almonds add an elegant sweet finish to everything! The brownie and ice cream were localRogan's Bakery, Shain's of Maine ice cream.
Jumpin' Jay's Fish Cafe
(603) 766-3474
150 Congress Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801
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2 comments:

  1. Hi! Judging from the photo is gorgeous place! My dream is to taste these dishes! They look just magical!

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  2. They are and more, as an employee, I want to eat everything and never serve a dish, but alas one oust

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