Dinner at TAO Asian Bistro

Posted on November 26, 2012 by LISA KUNIZAKI | 0 Comments

My friend and I were undecided about where to have dinner one night after work and stubbled upon an old place I used to frequent. I hadn't be to Tao in at least 4 years, but since it's only 3 blocks from my office we decided it was as good a spot as any.

It was crowded and that made me feel a little old. We didn't have any reservations so we managed to squeeze ourselves in at the sushi bar on the 2nd floor.

Love this chopstick/spoon holder...

We decided to just order a bunch of little plates and share. She ordered a glass of wine and I ordered a Lychee Martini. We started with the Roasted Shishito Peppers with Yuzu (there were a few in there that nearly made me lose feeling in my entire face)...

followed by the Crispy Tuna Sashimi Roll w/ Edamame and Spicy Tuna Tartare on Crispy Rice (which was amazing and is not shown because it was eaten very quickly)...  

Lobster Wontons w/ Shiitake Ginger Broth...

Kobe Tartare Tempura...

and Sashimi of Kobe Beef with Fresh Wasabi Sauce.

I couldn't resist ordering a piece of Ikura and Uni for each of us.

Once we finished dinner...

we took a look at their tea menu. It was very nicely written and very pretty, but the tea we ordered was not very good. Sorry, but there is no way around that. We ordered the Tao Hong Cha Blend, described as an exquisite blend with hints of soothing chamomile and lavender. Not so. It was stale and bitter.  

For dessert, the Molten Chocolate Cake with Coconut Ice Cream (which had me missing Hawai'i in a big way) and the Sugar Dusted Doughnuts with Kalamansi Dipping Sauce


42 East 58th Street, NYC 10022
(212) 888-2288





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