Much like a pearl hiding in the soft folds of an oyster, Ocean Bleu is tucked away in a nondescript shopping center in Tequesta.
And discovering it is like finding buried treasure.
Not only does the restaurant feature fresh, locally-sourced ingredients, but it’s the kind of family-run business that highlights the personalities and passions of their owners, from wine dinners on the second Tuesdays of every month to Pooches on the Patio – a dinner for dog-lovers and their owners where dogs indulge (for free) on chicken and organic vegetables.
A graduate of the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Executive Chef and Owner Levent Yurdatap has a decidedly creative streak when it comes to his cuisine.
“I hate Old Bay!” he declares emphatically, bolting away from convention and challenging the notion of what a crab cake should be.
“Mine is not a Maryland crab cake,” he says. “I use Saltines instead of breadcrumbs and mine features a Sriracha aioli, roasted corn and avocado salsa on a bed of arugula.”
Both chef and his wife/general manager Mary Avila-Yurdatap agree on what the restaurant’s best dish is – the macadamia-nut encrusted grouper.
“We serve it with roasted red peppers and orzo with a grapefruit salsa and finish it with a grapefruit-tequila butter sauce,” explained Chef Yurdatap. “It’s delicious!”
Their adventurous palate is influenced by their love of travel and one of their favorite locales is California’s wine country. Favoring new world wines, Mary looks at their trips as an opportunity to explore as well as learn.
“We’re food travelers,” she said. “We love good food and wine and bring it back with us.”
This is a fundamental philosophy of the Yurdataps – sharing good food with their community and creating a lasting foundation on which their children can build their dreams.
“We’d like to expand Ocean Bleu,” said Mary. “We want to open more restaurants and build a future for our children,” said Mary.
This mentality reflects the Community Partners philosophy of building healthy communities to ensure bright futures for Palm Beach County’s children.
“We believe in hard work,” she continues. “A good work ethic and consistency in everything we do.”
You can taste Ocean Bleu’s culinary delights at this year’s Crab Cake Cook-Off for Changing The Odds or you can visit them at:
566 U.S. 1
Tequesta, FL 33469