Fried Maine Lobster Caramel
Nix’s Mate, 89 Broad St., Boston, 617-348-1234, www.nixsmate.com
When I reviewed this restaurant in the Financial District Hilton hotel, I named this the strangest and most strangely compelling lobster dish of the year. It was only June. With a month to go in 2012, I stand by my assessment. Chef David Nevins batters and fries lobster, then serves the golden nuggets of tail and claw meat in a caramel sauce augmented with cheddar cheese, green onions, and chilies. The flavors swirl into a cosmic, wonderful weirdness that seems inspired equally by Vietnam, New England, and the kingdom of Bong-landia.