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Friday, April 29, 2011

Dining Out: An Asian-Indian Fusion Explosion

One night a couple of weeks ago, neither one of us really knew what we wanted to eat for dinner. We weren't feeling our standbys,  BBQ, Peruvian, or Mexican. And it was too late to grab a table without a reservation at Mission Beach Cafe.

Our travels took us to Tangerine. Which on previous wanderings we'd looked at and passed by. This night it was exactly what we were looking for.

Our first appetizer was a no-brainer, Tempura Oysters. Unfortunately it turned out that their tempura batter is made with cream (our waiter let us know before we ordered). So I was only able to admire from a far.
Tempura Oysters
The presentation was lovely, don't you think?

I opted for the Lemongrass Lamb Lollipops. Chef Ped used to make a similar dish and I was feeling nostalgic.
Lemongrass Lamb Lollipops
The flavor was bold coriander and a touch of mint with subtle lemon, which I was a fan of. I wasn't as enamored with the texture of the lamb - it was a little stringy. I usually take small bites, but I wasn't able to do that with the lollipop. My first bite ended up being very unladylike.

For the main course, I was looking for something flavorful yet light, so I opted for the Sea Bass Edamame. The sauce was a little overpowering, but the Sea Bass itself was cooked to perfection, light and flaky.
Sea Bass Edamame

Of the two entrees, cubes' dinner, the Coriander Beef, was my hands down favorite. I'm definitely going back to Tangerine to get a plateful.
Coriander Beef Short Ribs with Fetticcina Pasta

Bon Apetit!
Credits: All images taken by Eden Hensley Silverstein for Recipes for the Good Life.

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