The Coastal Star

The Plate: Artful cuisine at Oceano Kitchen

The Plate: Lemon meringue tart

The Place: Oceano Kitchen, 201 E. Ocean Ave., Lantana. Open for dinner Tuesday-Saturday. CASH ONLY. www.oceanokitchen.com.

The Price: $12

The Skinny: Of all the towns and cities and restaurants across the country, Jeremy and Cindy Bearman chose Lantana’s Oceano Kitchen as the place to create their culinary art.

The menu changes daily, so this Plate serves as something upon which you might feast at Oceano.

We’d dined on wood-fired pizza topped with mushroom, corn and three cheeses, the corn lending a sweet, earthy bite to the crispy crust of the pie, and rigatoni with a tender short rib ragu that had been cooked with red wine, tomato, garlic and parsley, before settling down to dessert.

Dishes here are designed for sharing, and this lemon meringue tart was no exception.

The tarts consisted of creamy lemon mousse served in a buttery pate brisee. They were served with more meringues, surrounded with a pistachio milk crumb given a dollop of sour cream sorbet, making for a beautiful, cool end to a hot August evening.

— Scott Simmons

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