Union Restaurant and Rooftop's new seafood-focused concept, Union Fish Market, officially opened last week on the restaurant's main dining level. Offering fresh and sustainably-sourced fish from Nova Scotia, Lake Superior, and Hawaii, Union Fish Market will focus on simple preparations that are "free from pretentiousness."
Let's take a peek at what that means for the menu.
For now Union Fish Market will only be open for dinner. Chef's specialties include butter-poached Maine Lobster with lemongrass consommé; skate wing with brown butter and roasted hazelnuts; and an Asian-inspired charred Dungeness crab dish with sesame, chili, lime, sambal, and sticky rice.
There's a small raw bar with ahi sashimi, raw abalone, and an intriguing-sounding razor clam crudo with buttermilk and peaches. The small plates lean more towards the style of food served on Union's rooftop and in the old dining room -- items like shrimp corn dogs, lobster banh mi, and grilled mussel ramen.
On the more traditional, Oceanaire-like end of the seafood spectrum, Union is also offering several items "simply grilled" and served with an unfussy side dish and sauces like bearnaise, bordelaise, or drawn butter. Purists will also appreciate the jumbo lump crab cakes, cioppino, and basket of fish and chips.
The wine, beer, and cocktails menu looks fairly similar to the one from Union's former formal dining level. You can check out Union's Facebook page
for more info on specials, hours, and private dining.
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