September 8th, 2011 by Brian McCullough – Comments (7)
I found myself in many conversations with fellow foodies, chefs and restaurant owners about the food and service that is, “magical” over at Michael V’s Restaurant on 103rd and Memorial. I thought to myself, surely I would have been here sooner if it were that good. I later found out that I have, only it was a few years back and the restaurant Back Street Bistro in Jenks. A place were I had experienced the absolute best Lobster Bisque I’ve ever tasted. Today Michael V’s isn’t just serving up the best bisque in town -Check out the dinner service and prepare yourself for a lineup of magical dishes inspired by years of experience from around the country.
Before I go into the food I want to brag on the chef for a minute. Such talent in our lovey city deserves recognition. Executive Chef Michael Minden is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, and has worked as an Executive Chef for Walt Disney World and Marriott Hotels. His cuisine epitomizes fresh ingredients and established entrees that Americans don’t get to see very often. His desserts are all made from scratch and are better than what “Mom used to make.” His experience is strongly evident and if you are lucky, and you likely will be, Michael will sneak out of the kitchen to say hi. Be sure to tell him that you would like to speak with Donald Duck… you will get a kick out of meeting him. You may even meet his life long partner in business and marriage Carol – also having experience in the restaurant and hospitality industry, she is a doll. Together with a fantastic staff and management team they dynamically put forth a flawless fine dinning experience.
The star of our dining experience was the Ravioli Stacker. A juicy, tender filet, cooked medium rare, atop a huge stuffed fried ravioli with mushrooms and a special house made marinara. Stacked high with flavor, this masterpiece was unforgettable. It was a challenge getting all elements on the fork at once, but when done so they melded together in your mouth with great flavor. I should have taken a picture of the plate for you when finished, even our server was surprised that I literally cleaned the plate.
We also got the Halibut Oscar, a flaky and tender fish caught from the ice cold waters of Alaska topped with the freshest crab meat and asparagus. If you have not had a meal done Oscar Style it basically means topped with crab meat and a homemade Bearnaise sauce. At Michael V’s Restaurant they have an entire portion of the menu dedicated to Oscar Style items. It’s hard to think that anything could make a perfectly cooked steak or flaky, juicy piece of fish better but just like bacon, making it Oscar style makes everything better.
As if the meal wasn’t perfect enough, we HAD to save room for dessert. All desserts are handmade from scratch every morning (You can even call ahead and have him make a whole pie or cake for your next family gathering). We could literally not decided on one dessert, so we picked two.
Feast your eyes…The Snickers Brownie Pie. So rich with chocolate, I had to pace myself. Such a great pairing of brownies, nuts, caramel, chocolate and cheesecake in every bite. Unreal.
The Key Lime Pie was to die for. Squeezed with fresh Key-Limes, this cooler weather dessert was the perfect ending to a great meal.
I hear that the best dessert in town is Michael’s Coconut Cream Pie. We will let you decide.
Michael V’s Restaurant & Bar
8222 East 103rd Street
Tulsa, OK 74133