Valerie Mansour Crab Cakes ($12).

The Grill at Five Fishermen
1740 Argyle St.
422-4421

Rating: 4/5
Price range: $$
Client negotiations: Yes
Lunch with co-workers: Yes
Social lunch: Yes
Quick solo lunch: Yes

Below the venerable Five Fishermen is The Grill, with an oyster and wine bar and a lovely ambiance.

We’re seated in a window booth and brought a basket of warm bread.

We share Calamari ($9) with a hoisin glaze and a five-spice aioli.

They are tender and delicious, but should have been left in the pan to brown.

My companion has the Crab Cakes ($12). The two perfectly cooked cakes, with a horseradish mustard cream, are delicious.

My Seafood Salad ($13) is presented beautifully.  On a bed of fresh romaine, arugula and other greens are three large shrimp, three scallops, several mussels and a fair bit of maple smoked salmon served with a tangy blood orange vinaigrette.

The scallops and salmon are particularly tasty.  The shrimp are fine, but the mussels could be fresher.

We linger over our coffee and people watch.  It’s that kind of place.

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