Prime 47 in Carmel

Mondays I post short reads about local, sometimes regional, eateries that serve seafood. You can read my take on other favorites, by opening the Eat Indy link under the “LOCAL” tab above. And if you get a chance to visit one of these establishments, or have a place you think I should check out, drop me a line—I’d love to hear your thoughts! Thanks for swimming along (wink, wink).

Located in the Clay Terrace shopping mall in Carmel, Prime 47 is a steakhouse, yes, but they have an impressive selection of fresh seafood too.

What I had … so I know, I know, this is about the food, but I’d be amiss not to mention the martini. I like slightly-dirty martinis, and by slightly, I mean SLIGHTLY … BARELY, like if it was a piece of clothing it could be rehung in your closet. Sometimes, bartenders make them too dirty … so much so that I can’t see through the glass. But Prime 47 did a perfect job and yes, I would go back for the martini!

On to the food … the calamari is light, not overly coated or overly fired and the Kung Pao sauce packs a punch, although depending on your tolerance for spice, you might not find it overly hot. The lobster bisque, which I rarely order because to be honest, more often than not it lacks any real flavor … but this was good. No big hunks of lobster, but good flavor. As for the forest mushrooms … OMG … these are like When-Harry-Met-Sally good. And the butternut squash with creamed spinach is so tasty I actually tried making it at home the very next night.

For my main dinner I had Chilean sea bass. And it was lovely. And it was a really nice-sized portion. Served with asparagus, spinach and a tomato, lemon caper sauce, it’s probably one of the best renditions I’ve ever had. It is so divine it literally melts in your mouth.

What I’ll go back for … fried oysters and grouper and just about any one of the appetizers. Cool thing, you can sit in the bar and sample three appetizers for only $15 … plus the cost of your martini, of course.

Bottom line … great place for special occasions, sure, but it’s also a fab spot to drop in for cocktails and appetizers that are made with as much attention to detail as the main courses. Go. You won’t be disappointed.

Coming up NEXT on the blog … sole Florentine and tips on getting your kids to eat seafood. Want more from The Midwest Mermaid? Be sure to follow along here, and on Instagram for all the latest in seafood news and chews | @shaunanosler

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