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If you haven’t picked up the October issue of Sarasota Magazine, you are in for a treat. A visit with fork in hand to Andrea’s Restaurant on Siesta Drive gave me a taste of all things great in the world of Italian food. While Andrea and I selected one particular dish, there were so many […]

September 27, 2010


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If you haven’t picked up the October issue of Sarasota Magazine, you are in for a treat. A visit with fork in hand to Andrea’s Restaurant on Siesta Drive gave me a taste of all things great in the world of Italian food. While Andrea and I selected one particular dish, there were so many in contention.
 

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Beet carpaccio at Andrea’s.

Andrea’s vegetable risotto on any given night could marry the fresh garden flavors of asparagus or shitake mushrooms with fresh herbs in a creamy wave of perfectly cooked rice.
 

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The eggplant trio is a trifecta.

The Eggplant Trio melts in your mouth—eggplant with goat cheese mousse and a touch of aged balsamic; caponata, the  chilled Sicilian eggplant dish that Andrea expertly recreates with dried apricots for balance; and Eggplant and Buffalo Mozzarella Tempura—a dish that Andrea created  several years ago that should be entered in the culinary dish of fame. As for THE hot dish— well, grab a magazine and make a reservation and let me know if you agree.
 

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The hot dish.

I have been saying for some time now that we cannot get a decent Chinese restaurant around here. The closest has always been T.C. Choy’s on South Howard in Tampa—which still has the best Peking duck and dim sum—but I am pleased (no, make that ecstatic beyond mere words) to tell you I have found great Chinese in a strip mall in Bradenton on S.R. 70 West in the Loew’s shopping plaza.
 

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Real Chinese found at last.

When Bobbi Groeschel first told me about Bangkok Tokyo, I thought, no way, how could one restaurant specialize in sushi, Thai and Chinese and do it right. Well, I can put my chopsticks where my skepticism came from—this is very, very good Chinese. The roast duck with ginger and sautéed vegetables was perfect, pork fried rice a Chinese classic with abundant chunks of the salty diced pork. Singapore noodles with the slight hint of curry are a necessary order, along with Sizzling Wor Bar and House Special Cantonese Chow Mein on crispy noodles.
 

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Wor su bar at Bangkok Tokyo.

We have eaten there six times in three weeks. At last my culinary dreams came true—now we just need that real Jewish deli!









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