Friday, October 12, 2012

Accent to Open

A small handful of us got a sneak peek at Scott Kim's (Shaker Square's SASA) new restaurant-- Accent in University Circle. Its modern and sleek look is bold, and you are immediately captivated by the walls and ceiling that look like this...
Look closely, it says "Accent" over and over again, illuminating by a deep passionate red. This is definitely the focal point in the room, and minimalistic furniture and decor don't take away from this work of art. Speaking of works of art...when the food started to arrive for the tasting, many compliments on presentation were handed out from the group.

Red Snapper, cooked on the robata grill (special Japanese grill that cooks at 1,000 degrees).
Some delicious raw fish and pickled vegetables.
I actually liked the salmon! It was in a zesty orange sauce, and I went back for seconds. I typically hate salmon.

The star of the evening-- Turkey Ribs.
Actually, the bird's clavicle bone. I've never seen this done before, and it will be a signature dish (a whole turkey leg on their tapas menu too) at the restaurant.

The restaurant will also be serving skewers of assorted meats and vegetables straight from the grill.
The three sauces served with the ribs and skewers were outstanding. I couldn't pick a favorite between the chimichurri, teriyaki (reduced down to a thick, sweet glaze), or spicy barbecue.

There were a few more dishes along the way, including SASA's signature French Fries, which made it over to this menu as well.
 But the evening ended with a sweet bite from the grill. S'mores!
They were so smokey and sweet, and a perfect bite to end the meal.

The Kims, restaurant staff, and executive chef Mike Lyons (formally of Chef's Garden) are excited to share their vision with the public. They officially open their doors on October 29th. Lyons "hopes that Cleveland is ready" for this unique concept. I think that we are. Diners can enjoy a more formal meal in the dining room, lined with custom booths, or a tapas-style menu in the more casual bar area. Two different concepts, two different menus. I look forward to a return visit once they open.

11460 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106


alexa @clevelandsaplum said...

mmmmmmmm turkey. i wish i was eating it RIGHT NOW all over again.

Allison M. said...

turkey birds? The salmon looks delicious and I love when they give you the whole fish.

Amanda @ Clue Into CLE said...

I'm glad you found a salmon you like - I love it and even I think it's a tough fish to embrace sometimes. Looking forward to trying it out when they open!

Ben said...

It sounds like it will be a great place--both the 1000 degree snapper and salmon looked really good, as did the s'mores--and I'm looking forward to its opening! I'm almost never a fan of cooked salmon but find well-prepared raw stuff really tasty.

Bite Buff said...

Accent has now closed. 10/20/13