My wife and I took my brother and his girl friend to Tallulah in Clarendon on Friday night. It was our second time dining there, and the restaurant continues to impress me with good, creative food that was difficult to find in North Arlington only a few months ago.
We started out with a range of their small dishes. The sea bass ceviche was great, as was the lobster roll. Big chunks of seafood in each. The risotto fritter with mushrooms was good but the chicken dumpling was just OK, as was the flatbread (mini pizza).
The highlights for the entrees were my brother's scallops (increbily buttery and tender) and my hangar steak served with a solid bread pudding and mushrooms (on special). The hangar steak was cooked a perfect medium rare (warm, red center).
Everyone was pleased with their wines by the glass. They really do have a great selection. It makes it so much easier than buying a bottle when two people order salmon, one orders scallops and one orders steak.
We finished it off with coffee and tasty desserts: cappuchino creme brulee and an apple crisp with ice cream.
Finally, I have to add that the service was better than when we first went a couple of months ago, when I found our server a bit unattentive. Our server was knowledgeable, and on the ball.
All in all, a great night for a restaurant close to home. My one suggestion is to avoid the table in the back right near the opening to the bar if you are bothered by cigarette smoke, it tends to drift over.