Named Best Bowling by Boston magazine in 2010, Kings' fun centers boast a lively atmosphere for all ages. Both locations host ample bowling ($4.50–$6.50 per game) real estate—20 lanes at Dedham and 16 at Back Bay—and dozens of HDTVs. Back Bay features a full billiards room with Brunswick Gold Crown tables ($14 per hour), while Dedham provides miniature skee bowling ($5 per game) and regulation shuffleboard ($10 per hour), so shuffleboard fanatics can relive their favorite professional shuffleboard moments. With thousands of square feet of fun at each spot, recreational hustlers and mingle-minded masses alike can score bowling points, billiard touchdowns, or shuffleboard coup-fourrés.
Archipelago adventurers at Island Hopper plate up a varied menu lavished with an extensive selection of Malaysian, Thai, and Chinese noshes. Attentive servers advance Asian-fare forays with scrumptious starters such as the roti island hopper, a platter of puffy pancakes covered with curry chicken or meatless curry dipping sauce ($4.95). Partner an entrée, such as the peking duck (half for $19.95), with a seaweed-wealthy bowl of miso soup ($3.50) to form a great play-set for practicing heroic lifeguard skills. The nenas shrimp satisfies spice-seeking seafarers with pineapple, scallion, lemongrass, and mint accents ($16.95), and those seeking to overrule carnivorous inclinations can mash molars on a livestock-friendly serving of tangy malaysian curry tofu and vegetables ($12.95).
The foodsmiths at Mumbai Chopstix meld the cooking techniques, ingredients, and seasonings of India and China to craft a menu of refined Hakka cuisine. To create the calcutta szechuan shrimp dish ($19.95), they baste a collection of juicy mollusks in a spicy sauce replete with the gustatory firecrackers of garlic and chilies, and to summon the amalgamation of sweet and savory flavors in the mango chili chicken ($16.95), they coerce morsels of chicken to play a round of double dutch with slices of mango and bell peppers before glazing them all in a desi chili sauce. Guests can also hang a fang on sautéed hakka-style lamb ($17.95), or eschew meat altogether for the Buddha's Delight, a soy-garlic-soused consortium of sautéed tofu, mushrooms, and spinach ($16.95). Peking duck samosas ($6) prime appetites with flaky pastries that brim with roast duck, swan diving into the Mumbai salsa by their own volition.
Atlantic Fish, in the Back Bay, is part of a group of popular Boston restaurants including Abe & Louie’s, Joe’s American Bar and Grill and Papa Razzi Paramus, all which can be counted upon for quality meals and service. This seafood specialty spot, open since 1978, is known for its award-winning New England clam chowder, Maine lobster pot pie and San Francisco cioppino. Come summer, patrons vie for a spot on its outdoor patio along bustling Boylston Street, while inside, the dining room is meant to invoke a cruise ship of old, with detailed woodwork and ocean-themed murals. Menus change daily, to reflect what’s in season and fresh, but diners can count on classics like baked stuffed Maine lobster, jumbo lump crab cakes and a raw bar. More innovative dishes include tuna bolognese, barbecue glazed salmon and smoked salmon pâté.
Turner's dinner menu brims with cleanly executed, fresh seafood dishes. Start by coating your mouth in Turner's velvety clam chowder ($8), which comes with homemade oyster crackers that have been suited up in scuba gear and treasure maps for their deep-soup-diving adventure. Otherwise, attempt the seared diver scallops ($15), which are succulently stained in blood-orange pep-rally paint and served with a firm helping of crystallized leeks. Discriminating seafarers and disguised grizzly bears, however, will want to save themselves for a main course of wild salmon ($29), a lively filet waltzing with laughing bird shrimp fried rice, succulent mango, and green papaya in a robust tamarind reduction. For a taste of the sea that doesn't require an enormous straw, try the seafood risotto's ($35) eclectic balance of Maine lobster, bay scallops, and Caribbean shrimp delicately dotted within a Parmigiano-Reggiano risotto. Turner's lunch menu includes several dinner-menu favorites, and adds on midday satiations such as seafood dip ($10), lobster rolls ($17), and fish and chips ($12). The express lunch menu, which offers three courses for the Groupon-covering cost of $19, fits neatly into the time-crunched schedules of gourmands on the go, overbooked killer whales, and freelance haberdashers.