The Five Most Promising Menus from Clayton Restaurant Week 2013
Araka offers plenty of variety: six first courses (salads and soups), five second courses (appetizers) and five main courses. Appealing dishes include a warmed beet salad, a roasted cauliflower soup, wild-mushroom-duck-confit ravioli and pan-roasted chicken with Brussels sprouts.
The Crossing (7823 Forsyth Boulevard, Clayton; 314-721-7375)
The Crossing has decent variety: four appetizers, four main courses and three desserts. But the main appeal here is that this is Jim Fiala's the Crossing. If you wouldn't normally splurge for a visit, now's your chance. I like the sound of the braised brisket with white polenta, haricot verts and natural jus.
Jimmy's Cafe on the Park (706 De Mun Avenue, Clayton; 314-725-8585)
The dishes on Jimmy's Cafe on the Park might not blow you away on paper. They're familiar crowd pleasers, after all. But there are many to choose from including flash-fried spinach or tuna tartare among the first courses, porcini-polenta-encrusted chicken and that tried-and-true dessert, death by chocolate.
Oceano Bistro (44 North Brentwood Boulevard, Clayton; 314-721-9400)
The Ocean Bistro menu has OK variety: three appetizers, four main courses, three desserts. But the selections in the first two categories, especially, are appealing including a crab cake with a lemongrass-coconut emulsion and a Meyer lemon vinaigrette and a herb-crusted sea bass with smoked-tomato butter.
Remy's Kitchen & Wine Bar (222 South Bemiston Avenue, Clayton; 314-726-5757)
A strong selection of appetizers and desserts help Remy's stand out. Among the former are grape leaves stuffed with ground lamb and rice and served in a tomato-cumin sauce. Among the desserts are almond-crusted mascarpone cheesecake and an almond cake with apricot jam. Main courses include grilled salmon and grilled beef tenderloin.
706 De Mun Ave., Clayton, MO
222 S. Bemiston Ave., Clayton, MO
44 N. Brentwood Blvd., Clayton, MO
7823 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, MO
14 N. Central Ave., Clayton, MO
8007 Maryland Ave., St. Louis, MO