Ovinté Launches New Spring Menu

By | April 25, 2016
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Arepas at Ovinte
Arepas on Toasted White Corn Cake

Ovinté, one of the only full-service, independently owned restaurants at the St. Johns Town Center, has launched new spring menus. Menu highlights include five new tapas offerings, five new charcuterie selections and four new dinner entrées.

Executive Chef Brennan Pickren’s new menus include authentic Spanish staples, like gazpacho and paella, to complement the restaurant’s robust menu of small, shareable plates.

The restaurant has also updated its happy hour menu to include 17 new specialty cocktails and a menu of tapas selections available for $5 apiece. Happy hour is served Monday through Saturday, from 4-6:30 p.m.

“Our guests already know Ovinté for great service, delicious food, and incredible wine program,” said Seth Tindle, General Manager of Ovinté. “With these new menu additions, Chef Brennan has taken the Ovinté concept back to its roots as a destination for Spanish and European cuisine in an upscale, yet approachable setting.”

“When I joined the Ovinté team earlier this year, I immediately noticed two things: an excellent dinner program, and an opportunity to introduce exciting new flavors to the St. Johns Town Center area,” said Pickren. “These menu additions were created to give our guests a sophisticated dining experience that reflects our emphasis on modern Spanish and European cuisine, whether they’re joining us for happy hour, dinner or brunch.”

New dishes are available for brunch and dinner, unless otherwise noted:

• Arepas served on a toasted white corn cake. Guests may select their choice of Braised Pork Belly with watermelon and cotija salad, and charred tomato mole ($9); Springer Mountain Chicken with avocado tomatillo purée and arugula salad ($8); and Carne Asada ($10).
• Flatbread of the day (price based on market rate for ingredients, $5 during happy hour).
• Stuffed Fresno Peppers with lemon ricotta and prosciutto ($9, $5 during happy hour)
• Plantains with Avocado, prepared with smoked paprika and an avocado tomatillo purée ($7, available only during dinner, $5 during happy hour)
• Apple Wood Bacon Raviolo with ground apple wood bacon, coddled egg yolk, fresh chives and smoked potato cream ($9, available only during brunch)

Sopa (Soup):
• Gazpacho with tomato purée, heirloom cherry tomatoes, caper berries and sweet olive salad ($8)
• Cioppino with lobster saffron broth, smoked paprika, chorizo, calamari, shrimp, fingerling potatoes and clams ($14, available only during dinner)
• Chicken Tortilla Soup with roasted chicken, poblano peppers and fried tortillas ($9)

Principale (Main Course):
• Duck Done Ovinté with roasted duck and duck confit, marinated napa cabbage, sweet potato butter and orange whiskey glaze ($24, available only during dinner)
• Paella with toasted Congaree & Penn Jupiter rice, saffron, garlic and thyme. Guests may select their choice of Seafood Paella with calamari, clams, shrimp, white fish and chorizo, steamed in cioppino broth with butter and chives ($18/$36); Chicken Paella with pan roasted chicken thigh, lemon garlic emulsion, chorizo and arugula salad ($15/$30); or Vegetarian Paella with roasted fennel, portabella, squash, zucchini, asparagus, tomato confit and Parmigiano-Reggiano ($17/$34).
• Risotto with chorizo, fava bean, spring onions and preserved lemon crema ($12/$19, available only during dinner)
• Roasted Chicken with mushroom and chickpea ragu and sherry garlic glaze ($21, available only during dinner)

Brunch Specialties (available only during brunch):
• Brown Butter Pancakes served with roasted plantains, sweetened goat cheese and Marcona almonds ($10)
• Huevos Rancheros served with two sunny side up eggs, crispy pork belly, rancheros sauce, and guest’s choice of herb truffle fries or ensalada Mediterranean ($14)

Cheese & Charcuterie (3 for $15, 5 for $23, 7 for $32):
• Asher Blue, an earthy, mild blue cheese
• Humbolt Fog, a subtle, tangy goat’s milk cheese with citrus and floral notes
• Smoked Duck Breast, cured apple wood smoked duck
• Salame Al Barolo, hand-tied salami cured in Barolo
• Chicken Liver Pate, a creamy and smooth pate seasoned with garlic, bay leaf and thyme

• Manchego Cheesecake with seasonal fruit compote and Intuition Ale Works King Street Stout caramel sauce ($8)

Happy Hour Cocktails ($6 each, available Monday-Saturday, 4-6:30 p.m.):
• Glacier Water with Reyka vodka, cucumber, lemon juice, simple syrup and Fever-Tree ginger beer
• Doc Holiday with 360 Huckleberry vodka, lemon juice, thyme simple syrup, Fee Brothers lemon bitters and club soda
• Amburana Falls with Leblon Cachaca, Luxardo cherries, lime and simple syrup
• Cowford Burro with St. Augustine New World gin, lemon juice, Luxardo cherry juice, basil and Fever-Tree ginger beer
• F.A. Daiquiri with Marlin & Barrel Bearing Light rum, lime juice and simple syrup
• Numero Deux with El Jimador Reposado tequila, St. Germain, lime juice, basil and Simply Grapefruit juice
• Hanging Gardens with Four Roses bourbon, sage and beet shrub, pineapple, lemon juice and cucumber

Happy Hour Tapas ($5 each, available Monday-Saturday, 4-6:30 p.m.):
• Ceviche, local fish cured in lime, lemon and kosher salt, served with avocado, caper berries, pickled peppers and fried tortilla chips
• Banderillas, skewers of marinated house-made mozzarella, red grapes, kalamata olives, tomatoes, fresh basil and caper berries
• Stuffed Fresno Peppers with lemon ricotta and prosciutto
• Empanadas with chorizo, peppers, onion, olives and raisins, served with crema and paprika oil
• Plantains with Avocado, prepared with cumin and smoked paprika, topped with avocado tomatillo puree

Flatbread of the day:
• Bruschetta, guest’s choice of three: tomato, garlic and basil; roasted tomatoes, garlic and house-made ricotta; or rosemary-infused white bean purée
• Curry Cauliflower with Medjool dates, apple, Marcona almonds and fresh herbs

House Cocktails:
• Pisco Sour with Pisco Porton, egg white, lime juice and simple syrup ($9)
• Spruce Goose with Aviation gin, Luxardo maraschino liqueur, St. George Raspberry liqueur and lemon juice ($10)
• O’Fashioned with High West Son of Bourye, Luxardo maraschino liqueur, Fee Brothers orange bitters and Angostura bitters ($12)
• Ovinté Elyxir with Absolut Elyx, Mystic Dragon tea, Canton ginger liqueur, Benedictine, lemon juice and simple syrup ($13)
• Fountain of Youth with strawberry and rosemary infused St. Augustine vodka, house sour mix and ginger ale ($9)
• Dozen Roses with rose petal infused Four Roses bourbon, Benedictine, Amaro di Angostura, simple syrup and Malbec float ($8)

For more information or to book reservations, visit Ovinte's website: www.ovinte.com

Article from Edible Northeast Florida at http://ediblenortheastflorida.ediblecommunities.com/eat/ovint-launches-new-spring-menu
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