I was up in south-ish San Francisco for the company I work for quarterly meeting and sales kick off event. After the presentation a few of us broke off from the lunch provided to indulge in some tasty sea food. So we went to the New England Lobster Market & Eatery as it was 5 min walk from the hotel. I ended up ordering three menu items, I thought if I was going to try this place out I'd get the three main staples. I got the Twin Tails, which are just two lobster tails, butter, coleslaw and a half roll (which its the same roll that you get when you order a lobster roll). The second item was the lobster roll, dressed, which also comes with coleslaw and chips(made in house). The third item was the lobster corn chowder.
All the items had plenty of lobster, which were delicious, and the place is set up with picnic tables both inside and out for seating and has a unique atmosphere. Also, they have a separate area for their clams and oysters, and by the time we finished all of our food, we didn't have the room to sample any the 4-5 varieties of the oysters they had on hand.
The only complaint I had was that the lobster roll. The roll has a few options and the first is "lobster roll, dressed", which didn't have a lot of dressing or spices which I would expect for a lobster type "salad" roll I was expecting. So I suppose it isn't realy a complaint as it just wasn't what I was expecting, it was still delicious, there was so much lobster meat I took a bunch and put it into the delicious chowder!
The other complaint was with the chowder, which was pretty tasty, everything in it was delicious except for one thing, the corn. Either the corn used was over cooked or was just old as it was very "mealy" and "chewy" rather than crunchy/fresh like corn on the cob, etc., but because the rest of the chowder was so tasty I ate ever last bit!
This little fish and chips place is located in downtown San Jose, CA. The place isn't very large and the location has plenty of "interesting characters" milling about outside, as it is downtown San Jose! While the food is certainly four stars IMHO, especially for the value, the decor size and location take it down a notch. Also make sure you park in a nearby parking garage so as to get validated for parking, otherwise you might be paying around 4-6 bucks extra for parking.
Essentially you order at the counter and then find a seat, the food,and sauces, are brought out to you. You aren't really "waited" upon, but we decided to tip regardless. On the menu they have separate options for panko bread crumb as well as other options for salmon, and other fish prepared in the traditional batter and deep fry style. You could also get those fish pan fried, baked, etc., but those were typically the same price as you would think to pay at a upscale fish restaurant, so were a bit pricy.
I opted for the Fish and Chips + Chowder combo for my first foray into the cuisine here, not knowing what to expect in terms of batter or flavor. It was right around ten dollars in cost. As you can see in the pics the batter isn't like you would find at an english pub, so thickly coated that you need a knife to cut into the fish, but a delicate and flavorful batter that flakes away with the whitefish underneath. It is almost as light and crispy as the tempura batter that my favorite place uses, Tugboat Fish and Chips.
The fries are your typical faire. The chowder on the other hand was very good! The chowder was on the thinner side, creamy yet soupy, with plenty of clams and other ingredients, and not over cooked to where the potatoes just disintegrate and thus thicken the soup, which is a good thing! The chowder alone is something to seek out.
This is a place that I'll certainly come back to for a fish and chips fix, especially since its a bit closer to my work/home.
The City Fish
Seafood Restaurant · 1.7 mi
Address: 30 East Santa Clara Street #140, San Jose, CA 95113