Feast of the Seven Fishes is a promotion Chef Art Gonzalez of ROE Seafood launched yesterday (Dec 17-23). It runs for seven days with a different dish each day to showcase the abundant array of seafood the Long Beach restaurant is famous for.
I was lucky enough to preview some of the featured dishes on the seven day menu:
Fried Baccala (Day 2) is Chef Art’s variation of the traditional bacalao, fried salt cod croquettes stuffed with house-made salted, and fresh cod served with a piquillo pepper based tartar sauce.
If you love Japanese street food, then the Smoked Octopus Takoyaki (Day 4) will be right up your alley. These little bites of octopus dumpling nuggets comprises the ubiquitous bits of octopus, with green onions, and bonito flakes. They are nicely textured with a hint of sweetness from the takoyaki sauce drizzled over the baby skillet of these morsels.
Baked Shellfish (Day 5) include scallops with aji amarillo sauce and finished with an herb bread crumb covering; Clams Casino, and Grilled Oysters Rockefeller. It’s an old school offering with a modern twist.
Keeping in line with old school favorites is Grilled Lobster Thermidor (Day 7). I think I was around my son’s age the last time I ate this dish. These tender lobster chunks are interspersed with herbs and parmesan, and then hickory grilled to perfection.
One of my favorites is Ramen and Clams (Day 3). The broth is absolutely stunning and I wanted more of it. The entire dish is rich and umami filled on the palate, and makes for a hearty meal on its own.
ROE is very popular and is busy during the evenings, so make sure you have a reservation!
5374 E 2nd St
Long Beach, CA 90803