We started with an order of oysters and ironically did not receive them. Now, I do believe in redemption so I was interested to see how the server was going to make up for the kitchen’s mistake. About 5 minutes later, the sous chef made an appearance to our table with a seafood tower of lobster claws, oysters, and shrimp on ice cascaded with smokes of dry ice. It was definitely a step up from what we expected and a nice way to redeem the forgotten oysters.
For dinner we each took advantage of their Sunday 3 course dinner, which consisted of soup or salad, an entree and a dessert for a reasonable $39. I had the lobster bisque and the crab stuffed lobster tail with a medium rare ribeye steak. The ribeye was full of flavor, tender and juicy. It was lightly seasoned with a steak rub that brought out great flavor of the protein. The crab stuffed lobster had chunks of crab meat tossed with a light breading in a steamed lobster tail. A simple squeeze of lemon and dip of melted butter made the lobster tail delicious.
At the end of the meal we expected to received our individual desserts; however we were surprised with an entire spread of sweet delights. The server brought out a large cut of a neapolitan ice cream cake and a multi-layered carrot cake for everyone to share. The cake we brought was lit with multiple candles and illuminated the table. We all took a group picture which the manager had printed and framed for us as a keepsake. This definitely was an over the top service for such a special occasion.
Obviously the birthday celebration is not an everyday occurrence. I had a craving for a good steak on a Tuesday evening so I decided to make another stop over at Ocean Prime for a surprise visit. Again, I had a wonderful experience with a courteous staff and great quality food. I got a chance to converse with the executive chef and pay my respects to his craft.
Ocean Prime has a romantic and high class ambiance that would be great for a special occasion or dinner date. The patio is also a great place to have a cocktail with the cushion lounge chairs and the crystal fireplaces. The staff is consistent at making your experience enjoyable and the food’s quality will make you want to return over and over.
The Classy Critic rates Ocean Prime with a high 6 ½ diamonds out of 7 rating.
NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS OF OYSTERS
Oysters are naturally high in many essential vitamins and minerals including protein, iron, omega 3 fatty acids, calcium, zinc, and vitamin C.
Our bodies need Protein to build strong bones, muscles, skin, and cells. Because we can't store Protein in our bodies the way we can store carbohydrates, we need to make sure we get enough Protein every day.
Iron aids in transporting oxygen to the body's cells. Iron is a facilitator for regulating body temperature and also plays a key role in providing strength to the immune system.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Oysters are loaded with Omega 3 Fatty Acids which are good for your joints, skin, vision, brain, heart, and helps lower bad cholesterol (LDL) levels. 100g (about 6 medium oysters) have 740mg of Omega 3 Fatty Acids. The average recommended daily value is 1000mg for women and 600mg for men.
Calcium is needed for strong bones, aids in blood clotting and activates enzymes to help with digestion.
The majority of Americans get most of their Zinc from meat and poultry. A serving of oysters contains more Zinc than any other food per serving (76.7mg in 6 medium oysters!). This is more than 100% of the suggested daily amount of 8-11mg. Zinc helps maintain a healthy immune system which is needed for fighting illness and healing wounds. It also helps maintain your sense of taste and smell. Because your body has no natural way to store zinc, it's important to make sure you're getting your daily dose.
Vitamin C is an antioxidant that protects your body from free radicals, which may cause heart disease and cancer. It also helps your immune system and helps you heal from scrapes and bruises.
According to a study at the University of Washington, shellfish poses no danger to cholesterol levels. This study found that some of the most commonly eaten shellfish, including oysters, showed evidence of raising HDLs (good cholesterol levels) and lowering LDL's (bad cholesterol levels).