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- Flatiron CafeMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 9First to ReviewJul 05, 2012
Delicate and memorable seafood in Omaha, land of steaks?
This is not your run of the mill, fly-over country, predictable meat and potatoes restaurant serving chain restaurant inspired food from a strip mall. No siree Bob! Absolutely not!
This is arguably the best diamond in the rough for restaurants in Omaha. Chef Jennifer Coco, who has been here 12 years, has a very creative menu that has a surprising mix of ingredients and eclectic flavors, many inspired with an Asian fusion touch, with an emphasis on seafood, although they do serve great meat dishes, too.
It is in a downtown location in a v-shaped room in the bottom of a building with windows all around, with ambiance that is very understated, simple elegance that lets you focus on the excellent food in a relaxed environment. Our server, Natasha, was alluring but very professional and knew the menu intimately, offering suggestions throughout. The owners, the Jamrozys have created a great venue for wonderful dining in downtown Omaha.
We started with the Chef's sampler of starters. ($12/person). This was so delicious and well plated. It included:
- A gratin of shiitake mushrooms, blue crab and havarti cheeze in garlic butter.
- portabello mushroom fries with sweet Thai chili sauce
- fresh mozzarella and boursin stuffed wontons, topped with cabernet syrup
- fire roasted beef tenderloin on skewers with lobster bernaise
- hericote verts with arugula in a macadamia seasoned raspberry vinagrette with honey ( full plates as salad)
Pistachio dusted salmon fillet with crispy brandade cake, puree of cauliflower and almond, with blackberry wine and butter sauce ($30)
Sake marinated sea bass with ginger marinated vinagrette served with lobster and tiger prawn potstickers ($35)
The fish dishes were exquisitely constructed, with suculent, tender fish, well textured with complex but complimentary flavors, served with crisp julienned vegetables of color.
We had a half-bottle of Oregon Willamette Valley Pinot Gris, the crisp fruit flavors matching the main dishes. ($34)
Dessert was a fresh peach and bluebeery crumble crust cobbler topped with vanila bean ice cream. ($7.50). Coffe was good and served in very large cups ($3.50 each)
This restaurant offers upscale east or west coast comparable cuisine, highly creative with great ingredients, served in an unpretentious mid-west elegance.
Excellent choice for Omaha, and a great alternative to the Steaks that have made this rejuvenated meat packing city famous worldwide!
Address:1722 Saint Marys Ave, Omaha, NE 68102
Total Reviews:2 Reviews
Open Hours:Mo to Fr from 11:00am to 02:00pm,Mo to Fr from 05:00pm to 10:00pm,Sa from 05:00pm to 10:00pm