I've heard about Ocean here in Birmingham for years but tonight was the first time my husband & I actually ate there. We went with another couple because it was Birmingham Restaurant Week and felt it would be a great time to try it out. Although I ordered off of the special menu for Restaurant Week, my husband ordered from the main menu. I have to say that all four of us were very happy with what we ordered. We started out with the fried calamari and fried green tomatoes. My husband said that it was the best calamari he had ever eaten, & I have to say I agree! For the main entree, three of us ordered the salmon dish that had carrot potato & blue cheese gratin and wilted spinach. My salmon was perfectly cooked, and if I could, I would love the recipe for the gratin so I could make it at home! Based on our server's recommendation and promise that he wouldn't be disappointed, my husband ordered the Thai Green Curry Bouillabaisse. He kept saying that he thought it was the best meal he'd ever had! For dessert, peach cobbler with sage ice cream was what was offered with Restaurant Week, and while I was skeptical about sage in ice cream, I admit that it worked well with the peach cobbler, and with the French press coffee, I couldn't have been happier. My husband ordered peaches three ways - peach creme brûlée, peach crisp and peach pound cake and ice cream. He loved it and gave us each a taste as well. All in all, a wonderful dining experience and one where I wonder why we waited so long?
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