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Troy: Ocean Prime

Sonoma Goat Cheese Ravioli at Ocean Prime is light and delicate, with a tangy, creamy filling. Find the full post at www.thebitetonight.wordpress.com

(Sonoma Goat Cheese Ravioli with Golden Oak Mushrooms)

Ocean Prime is an upscale dining destination specializing in prime seafood and steaks. I was invited to taste their Happy Hour menu this past week including appetizers, small plates, and cocktail specials. With an emphasis on presentation and detail, Ocean Prime sets to create remarkable dining experiences. Their “smoking” displays (getting creative with dry ice) really exhibit the dedication and passion to wow their guests. Ocean Prime offers a menu featuring American dishes done with modern, sophisticated execution including White Truffle Cavier Deviled Eggs and Duroc Pork Chops.

Berries and Bubbles cocktail at Ocean Prime in Troy, MI is spooky and theatrical. It includes dry ice which gives it a bubbling and smoky effect. Find the full post at www.thebitetonight.wordpress.com

Berries and Bubbles: Belvedere Citrus, Crème de Cassis, House made sour, Domaine Chandon Brut, Grand Marnier marinated berries. A little sour meets slight fruity fizz.  Pretty cool! This drink is made with dry ice which gave it a smoky, bubbling effect.

The Berries and Bubbles cocktail is light and refreshing, with a slightly sour citrus punch. The sweetness from the berries and Grand Marnier balances the flavors. Find the full post at www.thebitetonight.wordpress.com

Tuna Tartare: Ahi tuna, chilled, diced, and tossed in soy sauce, sesame oil, sriracha, stacked as a tower with avocado tossed in lime juice, wasabi drizzle, and fried wontons in ginger ponzu sauce. Garnished with sour cream, pickled ginger, toasted sesame seeds, scallions. Light, refreshing, with a touch of heat. With each bite, you got a nuttiness from the sesame seeds and a crunch from the fried wontons. The sweet, citrus ponzu sauce was a nice addition and the tuna melted in your mouth.

The Tuna Tartare is great if you want a light, yet satisfying dish. It combines buttery tuna, avocado, fried wontons, ginger ponzu sauce, and garnished with pickled ginger and sour cream. Find the full post at www.thebitetonight.wordpress.com

Somerset Roll: (Pictured on left). Tempura Shrimp, Cream Cheese, Scallion, Beef Carpaccio (pounded thin and served raw). The beef carpaccio was a unique twist and it worked. The cream cheese added a slight tang that went well with the sweet sauce.

Tuna Roll (Pictured on right). Spicy tuna, avocado, cucumber. I was a little disappointed there wasn’t more to this roll. I liked that the tuna was on top, but it was pretty basic. I can get a spicy tuna roll like this anywhere.

The Somerset Roll at Ocean Prime in Troy, MI pairs tempura shrimp with beef carpaccio. The tempura adds a nice texture while the cream cheese brings a rich and tangy element that aligns well with the sweet sauce. Find the full post at www.thebitetonight.wordpress.com

Shrimp Saute: Jumbo shrimp sautéed in white wine garlic sauce, Tabasco, & grape tomatoes.  Served with sourdough crostini with aged Swiss and Provolone cheeses gratineed on top and garnished with minced chives. I am not sure I understood the idea behind this dish and how the ingredients fit together. The Tabasco cream sauce was tasty with subtle heat, and the shrimp was fresh and succulent. However, the crostini was so soggy from the cheese and sauce, that when I first tried it, I thought it was just a piece of fried cheese. It tasted good, but the cheese was heavy and it was hard to distinguish what it was until we asked our server. It would have been better with a more substantial piece of bread like a baguette with a light dusting of cheese added right before it was served.

The Shrimp Saute at Ocean Prime in Troy, MI sits in a pool of tobacco cream sauce. The appetizer is served with a sour dough crostini topped with melted Swiss and Provolone cheeses. Find the full post at www.thebitetonight.wordpress.com

Point Judith Calamari: Fried and tossed with hoison, soy, and sweet Thai chili sauces with carrots, red peppers, bean sprouts, candied cashews, snap peas and scallions. The sauce was sweet, slightly spicy, thick, and tacky, and really adhered to the lightly fried calamari. The calamari was still crispy despite being dressed with a generous amount of sauce. The garnish of veggies and candied cashews added a fresh, crunchy texture.

Point Judith Calamari at Ocean Prime in Troy, MI is tender, lightly breaded with a crispy texture. The sweet, Thai chili sauce is tacky, sticky, and adheres to every curve of the calamari. Find the full post at www.thebitetonight.wordpress.com

Lamb Lollipops: Teriyaki marinated Australian lamb rib chops.  Frenched (exposed ribs), roasted, seared, and glazed with Teriyaki marinade reduction on a bed of soy butter sauce. The lamb was heavily seasoned which was appreciated, but it was overcooked (served well done) and a little dry. I liked the soy butter sauce. It was salty, rich, with a nice sweetness to finish it off.

The Lamb Lollipops at Ocean Prime in Troy, MI come drenched in a sweet and salty soy butter. Find the full post at www.thebitetonight.wordpress.com

Butter Cake: House-made warm, golden butter cake, with fresh berries, vanilla ice cream, served with a house-made raspberry sauce. This dessert took me back to my childhood when I used to eat butter cookies with my grandma. It was warm, simple, yet complex with the different layers of flavor. First, you tasted the warm, sweet, cake, then the fresh berries, creamy cool vanilla ice cream, and it was completed with a tart raspberry sauce. In one spoonful, I scored a crispy, crunchy edge of the cake which almost had a caramelized element to it.

The Butter Cake at Ocean Prime in Troy, MI is sweet enough to satisfy your craving, but not too overindulgent. The fresh, seasonal berries add natural sweetness that compliment the sugary vanilla ice cream. The raspberry sauce is warm, tart, and syrupy. Find the full post at www.thebitetonight.wordpress.com

The “smoking” presentation included in dishes such as the Shellfish Tower, Shrimp Cocktail and the Berries and Bubbles cocktail is creative and theatrical. Overall, you can taste the quality and feel the effort put forth in each dish at Ocean Prime. Service was above average and the staff knows their stuff when it comes to the menu and recommendations. Be sure to take advantage of Ocean Prime’s Happy Hour happening weekdays from 4-7 PM which includes $5 off cocktails and sushi rolls, and specially priced appetizers and small plates.

  • Join Ocean Prime for an Easter Brunch Sunday, April 16th beginning at 11 AM featuring Blood Orange Mimosa, Smoked Salmon, Crab & Eggs, Braised Short Rib Surf and Turf, and more!
  • Surf & Turf Sundays: 2 courses featuring an 8 oz filet with your choice of Sea Scallops, Crab Cakes, or Shrimp Scampi for $55/person. Select bottles of wine for half priced.

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The Rabbit Hole

Today on the Bite Tonight: The Rabbit Hole

rabbit hole door

Hands down, my favorite place on our Colorado trip was to the Rabbit Hole. Located in Colorado Springs, the Rabbit Hole was once the county morgue years ago. Now, it is a sexy and swanky themed restaurant with a very hip and cool vibe. It’s entrance is literally a hole on Tejon St in Downtown Colorado Springs. What looks like a bus stop glass enclosure is actually the door that leads you downstairs into the Rabbit Hole. Everything is black and red and dimly lit with creative references to the Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland. The menu consists of a “Eat Me” and “Drink Me” sections and includes items such as Bacon Wrapped Rabbit Meatloaf, Fried Bunny Bites, and Carrot Cake. See how they ranked. 

rabbit hole menu

Atmosphere: 4.5 out of 5 bites

Price: 3.5 out of 5 bites (a tad pricey, but portions were huge)

Quality/Taste: 4.5 out of 5 bites

Service: 4 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 4 out of 5 bites (style, history, theme, menu)

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rabbit

Cherry Braised Buffalo Short Ribs: On bacon Cheddar mashers, cherry demi glaze, and string beans. These were huge! Tender, slightly sweet and rich, and melted in your mouth. The short ribs fell apart with the slightest tough. The demi glaze added a nice sweetness to off set the salty buffalo. The mashers were creamy and delicious. The string beans were bright with a little crunch, just the way I like em! 

short ribs

Seafood Angel Hair Pasta: Lobster, shrimp, scallop, asparagus, cherry heirloom tomatoes, champagne cream sauce, and crispy leeks. Very generous portions of seafood in a smooth creamy sauce. Not too rich, but still decadent enough to leave you wanting more! 

seafood pasta

Chocolate Covered Bacon: Thick strips of bacon generously coated in milk chocolate and dusted with powdered sugar. Decadent and delicious! 

chocolate covered bacon

I really liked the overall feel of this restaurant. It was creative, but wasn’t over the top. I loved the fact that it really was a rabbit hole, underground Downtown Colorado Springs. Service was great and our server did a good job at educating us on the specials, menu offerings, and giving us some background of the restaurant history.

Rabbit hole dining room 

After dinner, we headed to an 80’s wedding reception to dance off our indulgences. Watch out, here comes Richard Simmons and his “Sweatin’ to the Oldies” dancers! The night was filled with laughs and good company. 

At the Thirsty Parrot

sweating to the oldies

Gotta love the Colorado Rockies in the background! 

80's girls

80's jewell

Sushi Bar

Today on the Bite Tonight: Sushi Bar

sushi bar dining room

I am taking a little break from Texas eats to feature Sushi Bar, located on Maple, in Downtown Wyandotte, MI. Josh and I visited this restaurant a few weeks ago and enjoyed it. Offering Japanese cuisine using only the finest ingredients, a full bar, and lunch specials, Sushi Bar is Downrivers go to sushi spot. See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 3 out of 5 bites

Price: 3.5 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 3.5 out of 5 bites

Service: 4 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 2 out of 5 bites

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Here’s the sushi bar:

sushi chef

California Roll (Left): Crab Stick, Cucumber, Avocado And Caviar On The Top, Rolled With Rice And Seaweed. Classic and delicious!

Henry Ford Roll (Middle): Crab Stick, Cucumber, Rice and Seaweed. Lightly Fried. Just as delicious as the California roll, but deep fried and really good.

Multiple Orgasm Roll (Right): Rolled with Rice and Seaweed Filled with Salmon, Spicy Crab, Tuna, Avocado then Lightly Fried. Topped with Spicy Mayo. My favorite! The creaminess of the avocado complimented the spicy mayo and crab. I really liked the slight crunch of the roll. The spice wasn’t too overpowering either.

sushi bar sushi

I was really impressed with the quality of the rolls. They were tightly rolled and didn’t fall apart. You could really taste the fresh ingredients with each bite. Service was good and the prices were reasonable. Sushi Bar has a nicely decorated dining room with flat screen TV’s. I also really liked that the names of the menu items were local: Detroit Roll and Biddle Roll. Kudos for “shouting out” to the community. Stop in and check em out!

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