My wife and I were in Tampa for a birthday celebration and dined at Sidebern's last weekend. We had a thoroughly enjoyable and memorable experience. The room was filled with energy, a little loud by the bar, but it wasn't too too bad.
The "dim sum" starter menu was very inticing and our two choices were delicious (veal kung pao and cold sesame noodles). We could have stopped there, but we didn't of course.
I started with crab cakes that were light and tasty (including hints of fennel). We then moved on to two excellent fish dishes, one with red snapper and the other with grouper. Both were cleverly prepared and extrememly tasty with foams, and purees and tasty fruit accompaniments.
Despite the $33-$35 entrees, which I thought was a bit high, the food was superb. The sommelier did a great job and led us in a direction we wanted. He didn't steer us to some ungodly price range or different grape.
We enjoyed the waitor and the scene.
It's pricey but we'll be back.
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