My partner and I loved our dinners at Oak, and we found the service to be just great.
First the service: the staff were all attentive. They did not hover, but they seemed to notice everything and respond and anticipate with just the right timing. We felt like the timing was perfect – not rushed, no time spent wondering when they would get around to the next step, everything just when it ought to have been. And if you wanted to catch someone's eye there was none of that "I'm looking through you, you do not exist" sort of thing which plagues so many meals these days. They are there for their customers and you really feel it.
We both ordered steaks – hers medium rare, mine rare. It was hard to see which was which but we were both happy with the doneness. Ours was the chipotle- rubbed strip loin with creamed corn and basil, with spring onions and wild mushrooms. The taste was excellent, as was the presentation. The creamed corn, et al complemented the strip loin perfectly. Delicious; not cheap, but well worth it, and compared to a few places around you might argue it’s a bargain. The menu is full of dishes which are temping and offer many creative twists. A group with a wide range of preferences would be very happy with the selections I should think. There is no burger on the dinner menu, but there is one on the lunch menu and looks to be fantastic.
There are 54 beers on the drinks menu. The only draft is a Belgian- style wheat beer. It was good, but the bowl- shaped glass probably held only 10 - 12oz and it was half foam. For $10, I thought that was a bad deal. There were no Hefe-Weizens so next I had a Kristall Weissbier, 500ml for $12 – still pretty expensive. It was poured into a wine glass, not a Weissbierglas. Many of the other beers on the list were quite expensive and might have merited such a treatment, but a Weissbier in a wine glass is over the top in my book. There were a number of modestly- priced beers too. They have a wine list, which I did not check this time.
The atmosphere was lively, the décor bright and simple, almost minimalist. There is a large wall of glass with an angled view to the Pedestrainians walking the Pearl Street Mall and there is a long, long bar (for eating but I suppose you could just go enjoy nibbles and craft beers, too.)
To sum up: great food and service, excellent, creative eats and an extensive list of high- end beers.
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