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Tantalum Restaurant – Even the Leftovers are Beautiful.

July 4th, 2008 No comments

I recently ate at Tantalum Restaurant for dinner and I’ve been kicking myself everyday since.  Why?  Because I didn’t have my camera to capture all the amazing dishes we experienced.  I’m not doing this dish justice, but needed to show something to make myself feel better.

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The above is the only leftover — It’s Black Beer Braised Short Rib, with Root Vegetable Hash and Grilled Baby Bok Choy.  Otherwise we polished off the rest at the restaurant.

*  Petite Slider Trio – Kobe Beef & Maytag Bleu Cheese, Short Rib & Onion Jam, and PorkBelly & Arugula (3 mini specialty burgers)

*  Apple & Tofu Fritters with Caramelized Yali Pears, Kaffir Lime Aioli

*  Pan Roasted Organic Chicken Breast with Garlic Smash, Summer Beans and Shisito Pan Sauce

*  Fried Banana Bread Pudding with Dark Rum Caramel and Tahitian Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

All were impressively presented — Now you know why I’m kicking myself.  It’s a great place with unique food.  The entrance feels a bit like a pleasant walk down the yellow brick road, which leads to a magnificent Harbor View, and a very cool restaurant and cozy bar areas.

For the Long Beach old timers, it’s located where the former Houlihan’s used to be.  It’s a whole new place, although Tantalum’s been open for 3 years.  I highly recommend it for style and taste, but it’s not inexpensive.  You can learn more and view the menu easily below.

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