Union Fish Seafood and Raw Bar
A Seaside Hidden Gem With Historic Harbor Views
Seared Sea Scallops and Summer Risotto
Tucked just behind the town marina, Union Fish Seafood and Raw Bar is a hidden gem conveniently located in the heart of Plymouth. Now celebrating its second summer in business, the restaurant offers coastal cuisine with a twist and breathtaking harbor views of Plymouth Harbor with the Mayflower II in the distance.
The restaurant’s two levels offer a choice of dining atmospheres. The upper level of the restaurant has an upscale nautical decor, with a sleek color scheme of dark grays and blues. After recent renovations and a change of ownership, a granite countertop bar now lines the edge of the restaurant, a glass divider separates the dining area from the bar and a wrap-around drink and cocktail deck overlooks the water. The lower level delivers a casual deck dining experience, open seasonally and weather permitting.
This open-air eatery also features a granite bar and a choice between high-top and regular dining tables. On hot summer days, guests sip frosty drinks and specialty cocktails such as white sangria outside on the decks, cooled by ocean breezes.
Executive Chef Brandon Babiarz grew up on Cape Cod and after graduating from the New England Culinary Institute went on to work at such local establishments as Bleu in Mashpee, where he developed his cooking techniques with the restaurant’s acclaimed French chef. After coming to Union Fish, Babiarz streamlined the menu of seafood specialties, adding his own personal touch to each dish. With an assortment of appetizers, salads, raw bar favorites, burgers and sandwiches, seafood and other entrees it is difficult to decide which dish to dig into.
From the appetizer menu, what would seem to be a typical clam chowder had a surprising kick of flavor. The creamy soup has the perfect consistency with just the right thickness, chunky potatoes, tender clams and a somewhat secret blend of herbs, adding a unique flavor. (Chef Babiarz would only reveal two of the three herbs as dill and thyme.)
Another popular appetizer is the crispy southwest fried shrimp, served on a pico di gallo salsa, drizzled with guacamole and chipotle mayo. The large panko-crusted shrimp were crunchy on the outside and tender on the inside and perfectly accented by the tasty combination of Mexican flavors. Lobster lovers have several delectable options to choose from. The traditional New England lobster roll containing large, tender chunks of lobster combined with the crunch of lettuce on a sweet grilled bun doesn’t disappoint. More adventurous eaters will appreciate the sinfully delicious lobster grilled cheese sandwich. The mouthwatering cheese and chunky lobster combination is grilled to perfection and sprinkled with herbs and pepper, served with salt and peppered steak fries.
When it comes to entrées, the seared sea scallops are a customer favorite, served on a bed of summer risotto made with corn, tomato and citrus thyme butter. Warm and perfectly grilled, the scallops were deliciously sweet and tender.
For dessert, Babiarz’s creativity was showcased via an amazing flourless chocolate fudge cake with sea salted caramel drizzle, smoked bacon bits and vanilla ice cream. Each bite of this incredible blend of salty and sweet flavors was warm, moist and flavorful. The unique mixture of bacon and chocolate is a must-try menu item.
With its friendly staff, upscale atmosphere, and incredible views there are plenty of reasons to visit Union Fish, and after tasting its refreshing new menu there are even more reasons to return.