Oceans, a Mediterranean style seafood restaurant in the Mor shopping center, has reopened with its ocean-fresh seafood, oyster bar and daily specials for lunch and dinner.
At its location since 1995, this intimate European restaurant brings the Ocean to the desert offering fresh seafood prepared in classic Mediterranean and California styles. Dishes like bouillabaisse, a saffron vegetable broth swimming with shrimp, scallops, fresh whitefish, clams and mussels, is one of the most popular dishes. Add an 8-ounce lobster at market price for an additional treat.
From fresh caught swordfish, ahi tuna, salmon, fresh oysters, Chilean sea bass and catfish to sea scallops and sand dabs delicately sautéed in olive oil with wine, lemon and caper sauce, Oceans specializes in “fruit de Mer” prepared to show off each seafood to its innate best.
Owner Bakir Rizvanbegovic’s Yugoslavian heritage comes into play here with a keen understanding of the whole Mediterranean coastal region and its harmony with California’s coastal and cultural offerings. Pasta dishes that reiterate the best of both include the lobster ravioli with a saffron cream sauce; capellini tossed with clams, mussels, shrimp, scallops and calamari with a red sauce or herb sauce.
Favorite salads at lunch or dinner include the Oceans salad with bay shrimp, chopped tomatoes and capers tossed with balsamic vinaigrette; and Ocean’s version of Caesar salad, classically prepared with anchovies.
Not a fish lover? Oceans also offers a rack of New Zealand lamb marinated with fresh herbs; grilled veal chops, and a petit filet mignon, aged 30 days and chargrilled, served with a wild mushroom sauce.
In addition to the regular menu, Oceans offers daily specials like lobster Caesar salad, Manhattan clam chowder, blackened cat fish, and lobster penne pasta.
Oceans serves premium spirits and an extensive wine list that thoughtfully reflects California’s central and northern wine regions and comparable wines from Italy, South Australia and Argentina.
The cozy restaurant offers several well-placed tables in the main dining room and along the wrap-around covered patio with twinkle lights, misters and heaters, and in the Adriatic room for private events or overflow seating.