It's become all the rage nowadays for seafood restaurants to serve something called a plateau de fruits de mer. A luxurious variety of chilled shellfish are presented on two elaborate tiers of ice, with plentiful sauces and lemon, packing a visual wow. It's an ostentatious display of abundance, and we weren't ashamed to indulge in one.
The acclaimed Manhattan Beach restaurant Fishing with Dynamite offers three sizes of towers; they are named the SS Minnow, the Queen Mary, and the Mothershucker.
We splurged on the Queen Mary, which serves three to four people, and offered nine oysters on the half-shell, four raw clams, eight steamed shrimp, ten steamed mussels, king crab legs and half an Atlantic lobster. Being greedy, we supplemented it with a half dozen Peruvian scallops, and three additional oysters - Kiwa oysters, from New Zealand.
|A Kiwa oyster|
Another star of our plateau de fruits de mer were the Peruvian scallops. Served with a chunk of pink grapefruit and cilantro, the plump little muscle was sweet and delicious.
This kind of protein bomb is both filling and fulfilling. Though the rest of the menu offers full dinners, sides, and salads, we were done.
We ended the meal with key lime pie to share. It was the perfect finish.