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Tiger Lily review

Clare K. | May 28, 200605:57 PM

I had a gal's night out last night and we hadn't picked a place to eat by 7:30 p.m., which can be murder in this area! So I hopped onto Citysearch for some ideas, and was surprised to find Tiger Lily. I had no idea the old Hollywood Hills space had a new renter, and I'd never heard anything about Tiger Lily.

We went over and checked out the menu. They have a large menu, which I like. There is the Raw Bar menu (sashimis, oysters), Starters, Skewers, Main Courses, Broths/Salads, Noodles & Rice & Sides, plus Dessert. Looked like there was a lot of things we could share, so we went in.

The space is HUGE. It would be very easy to have a party for 40 people and still only take up 1/5 of the restaurant/bar. The decor is beautiful: Asian lanterns on the cielings, big, red booths and lots of open space. The bar area is especially attractive.

We decided on a bottle of cold sake ($18, though they have one for $11), which was very smooth and satisfying. Then started with the beef carpaccio with a thai chili sauce. It was fabulous, except for one thing: it was cooked. Thin slices of beef, cooked with the chili sauce. I made mention of this to the waiter, and he went and talked to the chef. He said the chef told him that it's "seared." I suggested they should probably put it under Starters and not the Raw Bar menu, and change the name of the plate. Regardless of this, the flavor was fabulous and we really enjoyed it.

We also had the Mangalore Calamari, which was basically fried calamari, but with great, Indian flavor. We all loved this. We shared their Dim Sum sampler, which included two springrolls, three potstickers and three mushroom and goat cheese wontons - with two dipping sauces. Everything on this plate was delicious as well. Again, great flavor, distinct spices, not too much salt or pepper. The Indonesian Lamb Skewers were also great (probably our fave for the night) and came with a fantastic cucumber raita and some sort of chewy flatbread. Our last dish (well, before dessert!) was the Mango-Soy Glazed Baby Back Ribs. The meat fell right off the bone, the glaze was very tasty and the flavor just right (Chinese five spice, I believe).

I know this seems like a lot of food, but the portions are very small (since we chose nothing from the Main course menu), and it was perfect for three people. For dessert, we had the Banana Fosters Bread Pudding with Taro Root Ice Cream. AMAZING. The ice cream was dense and not too sweet, and the bread pudding just kind of melted in your mouth but retained some nice chunks of banana. LOVED IT.

For what we ordered, plus 3 bottles of the cold sake, our bill came out to $123.45. I thought it was quite reasonable. We then went to the bar area and continued the night with some cocktails.

I really hope this place stays in was only about 30% full. I love having an Asian fusion bar/restaurant with great food in the 'hood. Great atmosphere, too...perfect for a date, or group of friends.



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