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Oceanique, classical elegance in delicately balanced flavors

For 25 years, Oceanique has been impressing its patrons with delicately prepared dishes that are bursting with flavor. Based in classic French technique, Chef Mark Grosz temps the palate with inquisitive flavor combinations and fresh ingredients. While focusing on fresh seafood, Oceanique delivers an impressive meal that will appease even the most staunch critic.

First Course
Cristine Struble
Wild Maine Day Boat Scallops
Cristine Struble

To celebrate its anniversary and restaurant re-design, Chef Mark Grosz prepared a seven course dinner highlighting his vision of seafood in today's world influenced flavor profiles. Expertly paired with a selection of wines, the dinner invited diners to eat with their eyes as well as their taste buds.

The menu for the dinner was:

1er

Japanese Breakfast

N.V. Mandois "Brut Origine" (Pinor Noir, Chardonnay) - Champagne, France

2eme

Wild Maine Day Boat Scallops

Lobster-Soy Broth, White Boy Kimchi, Cilantro

2007 Brooks Winery Reisling - Willamette Valley, OR

3eme

Pear, Read Watercress, Red Onion

Maytag, Pecans, Buttermilk

2012 Dourthe "La Grande Cuvee" Sauvignon Blanc, Bordeaux, France

4eme

Butternut Squash Ravioli

Fennel, Prosciutto, Crispy Sage, Walnuts

2010 Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico, Radda in Chianti, Italy

5eme

Litchi Sorbet

6eme

Organic Icelandic Arctic Char and Prime Filet Mignon

Purple potatoes, Oyster mushroom, Pea tips, Fennel

2010 RouteStock Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, CA

7eme

Banana Marjolaine

10 yr Mas Amiel Maury Cuvee Speciale

The second course was as beautiful to look as as it was exquisite to taste. The buttery scallops almost melted in your mouth. The broth and kimchi brought spice that contrasted the sweetness of the scallops. The keen, subtle balance of the dish made it extremely successful.

The progression of the meal shows Chef Grosz attention to flavor balance. The carefully honed techniques and deft combinations are truly a delight. Diners do not have to be foodies to understand and appreciate these exquisite dishes.

For the romantic dinner for two or the special celebration, Oceanique would be highly recommended.

The restaurant is located in Evanston. To make reservations, please visit the restaurant's website at http://www.oceanique.com/ or call 847-864-3435.