Wednesday 23 Apr
 
 

Green is good

Two enterprising former restaurant owners looked around Oklahoma City’s restaurant industry and thought it could be a lot greener. Chris Buerger and his partner, Brian DeShazo, took notice of the fact that there is no infrastructure to recycle in area restaurants.
04/23/2014 | Comments 0

Chow time

Chow’s Chinese Restaurant

3033 N. May Ave.

949-1663

What works: Dumplings, anything with ginger-scallion sauce, and lots more.

What needs work: Watch out for the raw garlic.

Tip: Take-out is a big time-saver.

04/23/2014 | Comments 0

Peru-fect

Naylamp Peruvian Restaurant

2106 SW 44th St.

601-2629

facebook.com/naylamprestaurante

What works: The friendly staff and authentic food give guests a true Peruvian experience.

What needs work: The small restaurant is kind of difficult to spot.

Tip: The choritos a la chalaca are a must-try for seafood fans.

04/23/2014 | Comments 0

OKG eat: Highfalutin dining

You don’t have to be a millionaire or a head of state to eat like one. While dining like a king every night might quickly take its toll on your pocketbook, sometimes it feels good to eat like a well-heeled big wheel. For a special occasion or maybe just as a special treat, look no farther than these upscale eateries to tempt your taste buds and delight your palate.

— By Louis Fowler, photos by Mark Hancock and Shannon Cornman

04/23/2014 | Comments 0

OKG7 eat: Fresh off the farm

There was a time not too terribly long ago in Oklahoma City when there was a chain on every corner and the closest you could get to local was to make a trip to your farmers market and make the food yourself. We always celebrate all things local, and luckily, it’s getting easier for OKC restaurants to incorporate locally grown, all- natural ingredients into what they offer.


— By Devon Green

photos by Mark Hancock and Shannon Cornman

04/16/2014 | Comments 0

OKG7 eat: Soccer pub crawl

Football season is finally here! We call it soccer, but that doesn’t have to stop you from indulging in two favorite European traditions: walking and pub crawling. Since the Energy FC games will be alcohol-free, we’ve created a list of pubs and taverns within walking distance from Clement E. Pribil Stadium at Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School.

— by Devon Green 

photos by Mark Hancock and Shannon Cornman

04/09/2014 | Comments 0
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Bellissimo


Indulge in sophisticated Italian cuisine served in elegant, contemporary surroundings.

Doug Hill August 1st, 2012

Bellini’s Ristorante & Grill
6305 Waterford Blvd.
bellinis.net
848-1065
What works:
Great service in a charming atmosphere.
What needs work:
One dish’s flavor was subtle to a fault.
The tip:
Go with the daily specials using local, in-season produce.  

Credit: Mark Hancock

What do Tori Amos and Gov. Mary Fallin have in common? According to Bellini’s website, both have dined at the upscale Italian bistro. 

Name-dropping doesn’t end with these ladies: Mick Jagger and Sir Paul McCartney also have visited the restaurant.

It’s a ritzy joint in a classy neighborhood. Located in the Waterford Properties office and residential complex, the restaurant feeds many from a power center that includes banking, communications and medical services. The Chesapeake Energy campus is nearby, as well. Bellini’s parking is off-street in the complex’s covered garage.

In November, the 22-year-old restaurant was bought by brothers Michel and Alain Buthion of La Baguette fame.

“It’s a grand restaurant,” said Michel Buthion, “and we’re doing only a few things to make it better with some new dishes and a great staff.”

One area they’re tweaking is the beautiful patio, but during our visit nothing could help the 100-degree temperature.

We took a seconds-long look outdoors and headed straight for the cool, dimly lit bar inside. It was a tranquil retreat with soft jazz playing and the murmur of conversations. Inside you also get a glimpse of the wine collection in floor-to-ceiling glass cases.

There’s an emerald-colored light panel under the teak bar top, giving the room a relaxing green glow. Bellini’s self-titled signature cocktail is a frozen concoction of sparkling wine, peach nectar and rum that couldn’t have been more welcome on a sweltering evening. During the third week of each month, cocktails are half-price, making this frosty libation an unexpected bargain at $3.50.

Dinner is served in a stylishly modern room with tables set well apart. Decor is contemporary and attractive. The setting sun found a gap in the too-short window shade, beaming right into my dining companion’s eyes.

Before I could trade places with her and without saying a word to anyone, bartender Jake Manning observed the annoyance and came to the rescue. He used a propped-up wine list to plug the gap. It was one of those small but memorable examples of excellent service with a smile.

Bellini’s manager Mike Potts stopped by to see if everything was OK and suggested the Funghi Misti antipasti course ($11). It was a sauteed toss of fresh mushrooms in herbs and garlic with porcini crostini.

The savory plate with garlic bread tasted good, but given do-overs I probably would have had another couple of frozen Bellini cocktails instead.

Casa Di Bellini insalate accompanied my companion’s baked salmon ($24). It was an appealingly presented rectangular bowl of greens topped with enormous cucumber slices and ripe olives flanked by cherry tomatoes and marble-sized mozzarella bits. The salad was dressed with a pleasing citrus vinaigrette.

I chose the chef’s soup du jour, Oklahoma squash bisque ($5). It was the best dish of the evening. The yellow gourd tasted as if it had been pulled off its vine earlier in the day, then smothered in creamy goodness.

Our server suggested grilled lamb sirloin ($24), and I probably should have listened.

Instead, I insisted on cheese ravioli ($19) with lump crab meat in lemonthyme cream. It was disappointingly bland. The sauce lacked bold flavor and begged for a dose of freshly ground black pepper, a fistful of fresh basil or something. Perfect for a delicate palate, although I found it subtle to a fault.

Happily, the baked salmon with Parmesan crust and simple pomodoro sauce on a bed of risotto proved to be a hit, so all was right with the world.

Desserts were offered and not surprisingly, several selections came from the allied La Baguette bakery. The daily dessert special was an Oklahoma blueberry milkshake, which was inventive and tasty.

 
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