I made a great discovery Monday: Duo, the new Euro-Japanese restaurant by the owners of Plateau, has great food at reasonable prices.
Duo is right next to Plateau on Bank Street- if you are a fan of Plateau's tasty yet cheap (at a nice place, entrees under 20 $ sounds cheap to me) Vietnamese/Thai food, you may have noticed they were renovating. Duo's brand new space is sleek, the ceiling is high, and the chop sticks are silver. Less practical than bamboo, but pretty.
Duo's theme: each dish done in two ways. The menu offers regular sushi, elaborate special rolls, and entrees that are- European? I don't know, but they looked good- they reminded me of Match in Norwalk. I got the Buddha roll- very big, 10 or 12 pieces. The whole roll had mushrooms, but half had them raw with other veggies, and the other half had them sauteed with portobello tempura on top and a delicious sauce.
The appetizers are also done two ways. We had the seaweed salad; half was spicy, half sweetish. This place would be a great place for a first date- the food is so much fun to talk about, and I believe all entrees are under 30 $.
My favorite part: the two kitchens, both of which are highly visible. The sushi bar is up front and the hot kitchen is in the back. Many dishes, even my simple Buddha roll, used both kitchens, and it's fun to watch the chefs and cooks interact.
I'm out of town for three weeks, but happy eating to you all!