Established more than a decade ago by chef Dean James Max, who left the restaurant in 2013 for the Miami food scene, the eatery was best known over the past few years for its inventive seafood dishes and New American-style menu. When chef (and Hell's Kitchen vet) Paula DaSilva replaced Max as executive chef last year, the restaurant didn't miss a beat, and continued to win rave reviews with locals and tourists alike.
In June, whispers of change were in the air again. This time, that DaSilva was leaving her post at the kitchen, and that executive sous chef, Adrienne Grenier, would be taking her place following an extensive three-month renovation.
Now, the wait for the latest iteration of the hotel eatery is almost over. The Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa has announced it will reopen its in-house restaurant 3030 Ocean on Monday, October 26, following an extensive three-month renovation. To celebrate, the restaurant will also be hosting a grand reopening celebration on Thursday, November 19.
Grenier, now at the helm of the kitchen where her career first began, says she is excited to show her stuff with a menu made to match the restaurant's modern, maritime-inspired design and ambience.
"We're so excited to show off 3030 Ocean's new look and menu, and couldn’t be more thrilled that Adrienne will be leading our team in the kitchen," said Patrick Manley, Food & Beverage Director for the resort. "The restaurant’s redesign combines contemporary and oceanic elements to create a one-of-a-kind dining destination."
Grenier will be dishing out her own signature cooking style — inventive farm-to-table fare – which won her the title of champion on Food Network’s Chopped. The new menu will put a spotlight on the best products available in South Florida, says Grenier, and will highlight premium, seasonal, and locally-sourced ingredients with a heavy focus on Florida-caught seafood.
3030 Ocean fans will be happy to hear the raw bar will remain an integral part of the menu, with choices ranging from east and west coast oysters, to gulf shrimp. Starters will include snapper crudo with fennel, crushed olives, lemon, chile, and mint; Florida clams served with bacon, baby potato, fresh herbs, and crème fraiche; and spiny lobster ceviche with a coconut, lime, papaya, and chile sauce.
Guests will also be able to indulge in farm fresh plates like raw Swank Farms squash with hazelnut-mint pesto, lemonette, and queso fresco; a roasted pumpkin soup with toasted seeds and crème fraiche; and the aptly named vegetable plate – a variety of seasonal and local vegetables served with heirloom grains.
Notable entrées on deck will include a pulled pork pasta with hand-cut noodles, smoked tomatoes, aged goat cheese, and house ricotta; sautéed Florida flounder with cauliflower puree, almonds, golden raisins, capers, and brown butter; roasted Lake Meadow Naturals chicken with calabaza, wild rice, maiitake mushrooms, spinach, and jus; and Jackman Ranch bone-in ribeye with roasted potatoes and black garlic truffle butter. Rounding out the menu are savory sides including local corn succotash, crispy Brussels sprouts with mustard, wild rice, and mushrooms.
A big change from years prior: 3030 Ocean will also be unveiling a more modern cocktail menu, beginning with fall-inspired drinks featuring selections like the Peter Pumpkin Eater martini, American honey bourbon with pumpkin purée and cream; the Cheshire Regiment made with Bulldog gin, Chambord, simple syrup, fresh lemon juice, rosé champagne, and rose syrup; or the Cranberrylicious margarita, a combination of Don Julio tequila, house made cranberry purée, Grand Marnier, and house made sweet and sour.
In addition to the new menu choices, the 216-seat oceanfront restaurant will now have an expanded bar and lounge area, as well as a re-styled dining room.
3030 Ocean is slated to reopen on Monday, October 26, at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa, located at 3030 Holiday Drive. Dinner will be served nightly beginning at 6 p.m. Call 954-765-3030, or visit 3030ocean.com.
Nicole Danna is a food writer covering Broward and Palm Beach counties. To get the latest in food and drink news in South Florida, follow her @SoFloNicole or find her latest food pics on the BPB New Times Food & Drink Instagram.