Rattan Pan-Asian Bistro was our choice for date night a few weeks back. My cravings for sushi seem to appear randomly and in many cases align with my desire for a perfectly grilled piece of Chilean Sea Bass! Did I ever tell you that Chilean Sea Bass is one of my favorite types of fish? If not, you know now. After reviewing the menu and validating that both were available for the taking, I was all in! Rattan Pan-Asian Bistro is located on Eldridge; not that far from the Briar Forest intersection and situated next to Le Mistral. The menu is all encompassing including their expansive wine menu that was actually quite a surprise. A few house cocktails were available, and of course, Saki. In the meal category, they offered just about everything one could desire in regards to Asian cuisine as the menu spans the globe from Japan to Malaysia.
We started with a traditional Philly Roll (smoked salmon, cream cheese, cucumber, and avocado) and the Chicken Potstickers. Both were great. For our main course I had to try the Chilean Sea Bass and prayed it would not disappoint. It is such a horrible feeling when your mind has fixated on something and it turns out disastrous. With my fingers crossed, I ordered the Miso Glazed Chilean Sea Bass (with mixed Asian vegetables, sushi rice cake, and sweet teriyaki sauce). This, my friends, was a perfect example of how this fish should be cooked. Given its light texture, one must be careful that the Chilean Sea Bass is allowed to shine and it must be fresh as it can tend to be oily. The small drizzle of sweet teriyaki sauce paired with the molded sushi rice cake was all it needed. Oh, a sigh of relief...I will be back Rattan! The Chilean Sea Bass was a bit on the pricey side, but I guess that is the trade off for this "hot commodity" (I believe it was the highest thing on the menu). In addition to the Chilean Sea Bass, we had a few sushi rolls. The Rainbow Roll (California Roll w/ salmon, escolar, shrimp, tuna, Albacore) and the Tiger Eye Roll (tempura smoked salmon, cream cheese, jalapeno w/ soy paper, spicy mayo) were chosen. Both were fresh and typical of any good sushi restaurant. The rolls were a decent price and as expected.
We even tried a few Saki "bombs" to end the night and my "Tokyo-Politan" (Kissui vodka, Soho Lychee Liqueur, cranberry juice) was very refreshing. Anything with Lychee is clearly winning the cocktail battle right now. It's a naturally light and sweet fruit. It is always my first choice when I want to take a break from my relationship with margaritas. We are on a short break-up at the moment. Overall, Rattan Pan-Asian Bistro was a great find. It was intimate and quaint and the selections would please just about any palette. There is an outside dining option as well. They also offer a great happy hour menu (available 3-7 p.m. every weekday). So, check them out if you are ever on their side of town and make sure you get the Chilean Sea Bass!