One Perfect Meal: Ashmont Grill

This month’s no-fail feast? A big-flavored surf-and-turf combo at Chris Douglass’s upscale Dorchester hangout, where the chef-owner is back in the kitchen. 555 Talbot Ave., Dorchester, 617-825-4300, ashmontgrill.com.

•    Prince Edward Island mussels with chorizo, tomato, garlic, and slabs of grilled garlic bread, $9

•    Cider-glazed, slow-roasted pork belly with baked beans, brown bread, and apple slaw, $17

•    Sticky toffee pudding with a dollop of whipped cream, $7

•    A pint of cold, crisp Long Trail amber ale, $5

Total + 7% meals tax + 18% tip: $47.98