A few days after the opening of the Central District's new French restaurant, L'Oursin, Eater stopped by to take a look at the small, bright space next to Seven Beef. Under the guidance of head chef JJ Proville, who spent time at lauded spots like Manhattan's Gramercy Tavern and Seattle's Il Corvo and Art of the Table, L'Oursin combines sustainable seafood with French techniques and natural wines. See a recent dinner menu in a previous post.
Zac Overman, formerly of Sitka and Spruce and Rob Roy, oversees the cocktail side of things, which leans heavily on aperitifs. Kathryn Olson serves as wine director, focusing on organic and/or natural wines that bring interesting and unusual flavors to the experience.
L'Oursin is one of a number of recent high-profile openings in the Central District like Feed Co. Burgers, Union Coffee, and Jackson's Catfish Corner.
L'Oursin, 1315 E. Jefferson Street, (206) 485-717, website. Open Tuesday to Thursday 5 to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5 to 11 p.m.