CALDWELL SEAFOOD, CALDWELL
Offering lunch and dinner, Caldwell Seafood has been in business over 59 years and the fish is selected daily from the Fulton Fish Market.
Do not expect any ambiance at this casual restaurant/retail fish market. There are Formica tables with paper napkins and a fish mural along one wall. Service is friendly; the fish is fresh, well presented and the portions are large. However, fish is expensive and this was not a cheap let’s-grab-a-bite-to-eat evening out. Our bill with one appetizer and two entrees was $76 with tax and tip.
The bread basket was forgettable, with four tiny slices of cold Italian bread served with butter in foil packets. Three different versions of calamari are offered: fried with a marinara sauce; balsamico; and our choice, calamari Genovese, which was had fresh chopped tomatoes tossed in a wine, garlic and fresh lemon sauce. The calamari was soggy since the sauce is incorporated into the dish rather than being served on the side. Potato-crusted salmon was a generous and tasty piece of fish with a crunchy texture from the shredded potato topping. The accompanying horseradish cream sauce was luscious. An appetizing broiled captains platter contained a 4-ounce lobster tail, 3 shrimps, 3 scallops and a 4-ounce flounder fillet finished with fresh, herb-infused oil with a touch of old bay seasoning. We had no problem with the quality or quantity of the fish, although it did not taste or look like it was broiled. Both entrees were accompanied by a medley of fresh carrots, string beans and yellow and green zucchini as well as mashed potatoes. Neither dessert nor coffee are served. Other menu options include: clams and mussels, fried seafood platters, lobster, shrimp and pasta with seafood.
390 Bloomfield Ave