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An Unforgettable Dining Experience at Ways & Means Oyster House

Ways & Means Oyster House

Ways & Means Interior

A distinctive oyster house has just come to Old Towne Orange with the opening of Ways & Means. The all-new restaurant specializes in oysters, but also has a bountiful array of dishes for guests to have a memorable dining experience. We visited Ways & Means earlier this month to try some of the unique and intense flavors of their food paired with their extensive wine offerings.

Salmon-Rillettes

Salmon Rillettes

Smoked-Salmon-Deviled-Eggs

Smoked Salmon Deviled Eggs

We started off the evening sitting at the intimate oyster bar while sinking our taste buds into their Salmon Rillettes served on homemade Guinness bread with red onion, watercress, and lemon aioli; and their Smoked Salmon Deviled Eggs with wild watercress and lemon oil. The Guinness bread on the Salmon Rillettes is baked fresh daily on-site at Ways & Means creating an incredibly fresh appetizer.

Lobster-Emulsion

Lobster Emulsion

I have tasted many Lobster Emulsions before, but they have always been too thick and heavy to begin a meal. The Lobster Emulsion at Ways & Means was light and refreshing, allowing us to enjoy the fresh flavors of the lobster.

Oyster-Ceviche

Oyster Ceviche

The Oyster Ceviche with pear confit and lime juice was one of my favorite oysters of the evening. It was light, and the flavor profile was something that I had never experienced before in an oyster. The chef, at Ways & Means, is pushing the boundaries on traditional oysters, and this is a great example of just one of the phenomenal dishes he is creating.

Katairfi-style-crab-cake

Katairfi-style crab cake

It was the celeriac remoulade in the Katairfi-style crab cake that made this dish extraordinarily unique. With a crispy shell, my fork broke through into the fresh crab mixed with cilantro and meyer lemon. This is an unforgettable dish for anyone who has a love for crab.

Tuna-Tartare

Tuna Tartare

There is nothing that I love more than a dish paired perfectly with quail’s egg. The Tuna Tartare with quail’s egg, gherkin, capers, whole wheat toast, and harissa would surprise even the most discerning diners. It came with a cracked quail egg on top along with another perfectly boiled egg on the side. This dish was light, refreshing and noteworthy.

 Lobster-Ravioli

Lobster Ravioli

Lobster-Macaroni-and-Cheese

Lobster Macaroni and Cheese

For those dining at Ways & Means with children, the Lobster Ravioli and Lobster Macaroni and Cheese are my top recommendations. Even if you have a child who does not have a liking to seafood, they will not even realize that fish is in these dishes. The lobster is cooked to perfection bringing out the fresh flavors of the lobster the way it was meant to be presented to children’s taste buds. The Lobster Ravioli comes with goat cheese, basil, and basque-style of peppers; and the Lobster Macaroni and Cheese pack quite a punch with its raclette, chili oil and brioche. (For children who are sensitive to spices, I would recommend having them hold the chili oil)

Roasted-Muskovy-Duck-Breast

Roasted Muscovy Duck Breast

Another exquisite dish on the menu at Ways & Means is the Roasted Muscovy Duck Breast with butternut squash puree, puy lentils, sunny-side-up quail’s egg, and apple walnut salad. This dish is a highlight on the menu with the butternut squash being the hero of the dish that truly brings out the flavors in the duck. We paired this dish with they charred Brussels Sprouts that came swirled with capers, red onion and Serrano ham.

Bamboo-Steamed-Halibut-braised-oxtail

Bamboo Steamed Halibut atop of braised oxtail

We ended the evening with the most extraordinary Bamboo Steamed Halibut atop of braised oxtail. It was the most distinctive combination on a plate creating a total epicurean experience for us while dining at Ways & Means. It came with cumin spiced savory cabbage, braised baby lees, and a red wine dressing. If you are looking to try one of the most astonishing dishes on the menu at Ways & Means, then I highly recommend this dish.

Cilantro-Chili-Mango-Cheesecake

Cilantro & Chili Mango Cheesecake

When we thought that we had experienced every single distinctive menu item at Ways & Means, they continued to amaze us with their Cilantro & Chili Mango Cheesecake and Duck Egg Crème Brûlée. It was the most incredible Crème Brûlée that truly tantalized my senses.

Ways & Means will create an epicurean escape for your next date night or dinner out with the family. Ways & Means is located in Old Towne Orange at 513 E Chapman Avenue.

Veggie Grill on UrbanspoonWe attended a media dinner as a guest of Ways & Means. Photos are property of OC Mom Dining, and can be used only with permission.

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