FINALLY went to Tomi-Kro for dinner last night. I had lukewarm feelings about this spot, after a few mixed reviews I had read. I live in the 'hood and walk by quite often, noting that it's always busy.
Martinis (classic gin, lychee) were excellent, not watered down like a few other boites in the East End (OverJoy, Sarah's). Crispy pappadums came as a gratis snacks, crispy and lightly fresh fried - perfect with the 'tinis.
For mains, I had the bison tenderloin special, served with a rich and velvety portabello and onion szechaun reduction, and my BF had the Monkfish with clams, San Marzano tomatoes and bok choy. For sides we had curry coconut cauliflower and asian greens with miso sauce.
Auzzie Shriaz by the glass was a little expensive at $10, but I suppose that's to entice people to order by the bottle.
The tenderloin was cooked to perfection (barely medium rare) but I found it a little tough for a tenderloin. I've had bison before and I understand how finicky it can be, being so lean. It was still enjoyable, if a little chewy. The cauliflower was bland, as it usually is, needing more curry in the sauce to perk it up. The monkfish I only had a taste of, nicely cooked, not over done. The Asian greens were lovely, cooked just crisp, with a great miso sauce. We shared the poached figs in orange essence with honey mascarpone for dessert, with a green tea and a decaf. I love figs, so just the one on the plate to share was not enough. There was a generous dollop of mascarpone, but it could have used a little more honey, since it was a dessert.
The coffee was hot, martinis cold, food fresh and service was attentive but not smothering. I'll be back. The bill was $110, without the tip.
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