If you’re into fresh, very fresh seafood in an exclusive environment just a short drive north from Miami, then you really need to taste some of the best seafood around at the Wild Sea Oyster Bar & Grille. The recently opened seafood culinary haven on Las Olas Boulevard, which is proudly located in the historic Riverside Hotel, has hired Executive Chef Toby Joseph to be their seafood ‘admiral’ along with Jon Sanchez who is the Chef de Cuisine. Joseph is a strong advocate of sustainability and organic products. The Wild Sea Oyster Bar & Grille softly opened in February and presently boasts ultra-fresh seafood and guarantees to satisfy hedonists of the ‘foodie’ entourage and night life set with the ultimate bait-to-plate experience.
A hostess welcomes guests into the expansive raw bar area. Then guests get to choose an outdoor “watch the people parade go by” dining table or a more intimate setting indoors, surrounded by soft music and creative artworks meant for the visual palate. There is also a private seating section for the romantically inclined or… superstars seeking privacy.
Wild Sea offers a raw bar with at least 4 different types of oysters flown in from various parts of the country, a full bar serving hand-crafted cocktails and an innovative bar-snack-addictive popcorn, speckled with white-cheddar cheese and hardy jalapenos. They also provide an extensive wine list.
We started with the Lacinato kale salad which was served with country ham, butternut squash, slices of Bartlett pears and surprisingly… topped with maple syrup. Delish. Next I ordered the honey brown-ale-braised beef cheek, accompanied by a garlic and mustard cauliflower side, which made my taste buds smile with happiness. Their trout dish is seasoned with Cipollini onions, sweet baby carrots and sprinkled with coriander. My dining partner found it tender, crispy and perfectly seasoned. We finished our dinner with the heirloom Key lime, raspberry, lemon verbena marshmallow pie.
Prices range in the $30 to $50 per dish, which for me means visiting the Grille, will only take place on special occasions. Chef Joseph and his staff have put together a somewhat limited menu selection, but don’t be fooled, what’s on the ‘carte’ menu is memorable, appetizing and beautifully prepared.
Wild Sea Oyster Bar & Grille is located at 620 E. Las Olas Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. Details: 954.467.2555 or visit www.riversidehotel.com