Revisit: OAKLEYS BistroAuthor: WIBIA | Filed under: Food Reviews, Location: Indianapolis, IN, Recommended: Independent
1464 86th Street West
Indianapolis, IN 46260
Okay, so I know what you are thinking…how much more are you going to write about OAKLEYS? Answer: Plenty more. It has been a year since my last review, so I figured it was time.
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What I Ate: Shrimp and Tomato Bisque, $6; Pork Tenderloin, $12.75. Wife: Crab Pot Pie, $13.75
The shrimp and tomato bisque was served a little under the temperature that I liked, but it was still warm enough for my wife. I took a few bites and sent it back. Instead of heating it up in the microwave, they brought an entirely new bowl of soup that was just right. This is the type of service touches that sets them apart. I enjoyed the soup and my wife did as well. What I like it that they add a garnish of veggies that are a little crunchy. The soup leaned more towards the shrimp side than the tomato side, which I preferred.
I always try something new when I am there and the pork tenderloin sounded good. Ratatouille vegetables, pear fennel relish, potato puree, maple gastrique and figs. When I ordered it, I thought, “this sounds good except for the figs.” However, I thought they added a nice sweet bite whenever I wanted to balance out everything else. The pork was cut into three strips. Not too thin, not too thick and cooked just right. I have a good feeling they could make a good pork tenderloin sandwich. Everything else was cooked perfectly and worked together really well. I liked this dish a lot.
The Crab Pot Pie was also top shelf. Roasted leeks, Cauliflower, Pearl Onions, Spinach, Artichokes and Lemon Basil Pesto, served with a puff pastry on top. I really liked the top layer and getting into the warm, creamy goodness that lies beneath. They used to have a lobster pot pie and I liked that as well, but no longer have it unfortunately. Really, this is perfect cold weather food.
Would I Buy It Again? Yes, very easily. The more that I dine in Indy, the more that I appreciate OAKLEYS. I can’t think of a restaurant that has it more together than they do. Great service and consistently awesome food. What more can you ask for?