At The Mantel in Bricktown, the goal is casual elegance, from the time diners walk through the door to when the valet brings the car around they leaves.
General Manager Lorin Doan says excellent food and intimate service brings customers back again and again.
“We pride ourselves in casual fine dining. We want our customers to be comfortable, but still receive fine-dining quality,” Doan said.
The restaurant’s main courses are separated by “land” and “sea.”
Unique seafood dishes are the specialty at The Mantel, with a wasabi pea-encrusted ahi tuna or seared jumbo scallops served with an asparagus risotto and smoked tomato confit.
The variety of meats represented on the menu is impressive, with several cuts of steak, pork chops, rack of lamb, double-breast roasted chicken and duck.
And for those craving both, there is a terra-marina surf and turf.
The restaurant also offers unique daily specials, including a 20-ounce, bone-in rib eye that executive chef Gerald Harden says patrons cannot get anywhere else in the city, to the freshest seafood he has flown in each week from Hawaii, including on occasion blue marlin and swordfish.
Though it isn’t on the menu, there is a seafood martini that Harden makes only by request that includes 4 ounces of lobster, two scallops, three shrimp with a mandarin orange risotto and a sherry cream topped off with asparagus tips.