Ms. A and I had our most recent dining adventure at Tasting East, or TE, as the sign outside says. It’s located in the Paramount Hotel in the space Dragonfish used to be in – the restaurant on one side of the lobby and the bar on the other.
The drink menu was interesting – we were torn between the Rising Sun Mojito, which had raspberry vodka, a few crushed berries, sake, and mint, and the Feng Shui Me, which has sujo (Korean spirit), basil, cucumber, and elderflower liqueur. The Rising Sun won out – it was refreshing and not too sweet.
The restaurant focuses on small plates for sharing, similar to a tapas bar. The food is Asian influenced, including Korean, Japanese, Chinese, and Thai and ranges from street cart specialties to “haute cuisine.”
Our server was helpful, attentive, and knowledgeable. We started with two protein plates and a bowl of rice. The 9 Spice Chicken was really good – we ordered it mild and it had just the right amount of “bite” for us. There are bowls full of chili oil on the table so you can add as much spice as you want. We also ordered the Stir Fry Ginger Vegetable with beef; I thought it was pretty bland and I didn’t taste much ginger. We weren’t quite sated so we ordered the Shanghai Egg Fried Rice with pork, which was tasty.
The decor is modern with really neat paper lanterns made by a local gallery, HiiH Gallery. It was a little noisy but not unbearably so. We’ll definitely go back!
909 SW Park Ave.