Lunch By the Ocean: Ocean Prime’s Power Lunch

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This is Ocean Prime’s calamari one of the first course options for the Prime Lunch. This calamari had a little spice like RI style calamari but with Asian flavours as well.

When I hear the world power lunch, I think of a different era.  I think of shoulder pads, suits, a group of men gathered around a dark table and a very big cheque.

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A modern power lunch at Ocean Prime.

Today’s power lunch is an entirely different experience.  It has all of the luxe in terms of setting, the meat and potatoes of a classic power lunch menu, and that service that makes you feel like you’re VIP even just for a couple of hours. The décor has lightened up, the dishes have as well, and in a time when a kale and cucumber juice costs close to $8, $25 for a three course meal (with leftovers to bring home for dinner) is not outrageous.

The Seaport has changed dramatically in the last few years.  Until recently, I had the impression that only tourists staying in nearby hotels, or business men and women dined in the Seaport for convenience more than anything else.

Now, the Seaport is a destination.  I enjoy the contrast of the tall modern buildings against the water and looking back to see Boston’s harbor.  There is a faux lawn with games that you can check out and play on a nice day.  Maybe this is the modern version of a golf outing too. There is plenty of garage parking and if you allow enough time, you can find metered parking nearby as well.

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Ocean Prime has some beautiful private rooms for a working lunch or lunch out as a bigger group.  Just as inviting as the space are the classics and classics with a twist on the menu.

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Here is a look at the meal we enjoyed.

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I have been craving a good steak again ever since perhaps because my daughter and husband managed to indulge in my leftovers before I got to them. I love that there is a fairly well balanced and not “dumbed down” young adult menu.

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The Prime Lunch is $25 per person and includes a choice of calamari, clam choder or house salad to start.  The portions are large and there is no skimping on ingredients.  Entrées are a choice of chicken, salmon or a 6 oz filet and for dessert there was a choice of a chocolate peanut butter mousse-like cake, hand spun sorbets or a layered carrot cake.  Since portions are so generous, I say save room for dessert and take some of your lunch home for dinner!  Don’t forget to get a coffee with dessert.  Their French press coffee was one of the best restaurant cups of coffee I have had in a while. Plus after a full power lunch a little caffeine is a good thing.

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