Earth + Ocean | Suburbs Northwest | Global/Fusion/Eclectic | Restaurant
Chef Rodelio Aglibot (Sunda) brings global fusion to the northwest burbs.

Our Review

"A suburban oasis" is I guess how you could describe Earth + Ocean (e+o) Food and Drink, which is hidden between a motel driveway and an AMC megaplex in a parking lot so large you may need Google Maps to navigate it. At the helm in the kitchen is Rodelio Aglibot, better known as the "Food Buddha" of Billy Dec's "new Asian" Sunda, and I wonder if he shouldn't just stick to Asian food. The large menu at e+o includes Asian-inspired "Signature Dishes," global grilled foods, sushi rolls, raw seafood options, varied small plates, pasta, pizzas—a real effort to please anyone who might stumble through the door. That includes vegetarians, though those offerings are all vaguely Italian (pastas, pizzas) and unfortunately not very good. Dishes with the little plus signs next to them—chef specialties—are at least marginally better. The spicy tuna on crispy rice would have even been good if the raw fish hadn't been the consistency of mush. A Filipino adobo-style pork belly was another dish that almost worked. The pork belly itself was beautifully seared, but that nice golden crust made it impenetrable to the brothy sauce. The standout was the crispy brussels sprouts and kale appetizer, even if it was a little skimpy on brussels sprouts. Still, an appetizer worthy of a trip to the suburbs? Read the full review >>

Gwynedd Stuart

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