Restaurants & Bars Minneapolis-St. Paul

MSP: Sea Change

JimGrinsfelder | | Sep 13, 2009 10:46 AM

Went on Friday with wife and friend. It's a pretty and large space. Parking was easy. Metered street parking was available.

The white wine list was good. We had a nice glass of Cava ($9/$29 for a bottle). There were a lot of interesting choices. Albarinos, Verdehlos, Sauvignon Blancs, Gruners, Rieslings (why auslese but no spatlese?), and Chenin Blancs along with the Chardonnays I do not favor.

The "not white" side of the list didn't get much time from me.

We started with 6 oysters and the grilled octopus. The oysters were not cold enough for our taste. The sauces with the oysters were inventive. They're supposed to be kept cold between 0 and 4C. The octopus was good. They sous vide it then char it on a grill.

The servers nice but are a bit green. Tim McKee is the same guy who setup La Belle Vie which has in my experience what may be the most professional service in town. La Belle Vie is certainly in the top 5, so maybe I was expecting too much.

We had romaine salad and a salad with beets. Both were good. We ordered arctic char, rainbow trout and scallops. All were properly cooked. The accompaniments on the plate were interesting and well prepared. One thing...I couldn't tell the difference between the arctic char and the rainbow trout. Most rainbow trout in my experience are small fish and a whole fish makes a portion. This portion looked just like the arctic char (very salmon-like) but with different stuff on the side. Maybe they buy really big rainbow trout.

It's a good restaurant and I'll probably go back again. But it's not great.

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