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Update: Tanto in Sunnyvale

Liv Huang | Feb 14, 2005 01:26 PM

After talking about going for the last few months, hub and I finally had dinner at Tanto last night. I browsed previous posts to see what to order but only ended up ordering 1 of the same dishes as Melanie Wong (her most recent post is linked below). Everything was plated beautifully (except dessert which was just...odd) and service was friendly, if a little slow.

We started with the duck salad which was recommended by Melanie - a nice amount of duck over greens and shredded daikon with a slightly sweet asian flavored vinegrette dressing. I think this was my favorite dish of the night.

Next was the fried tofu cakes - the tofu had been processed and shaped into patties, coated in a thin batter and fried. They weren't crispy like tempura and the inside wasn't silky and smooth like the fried tofu cubes but it was tasty, if a little bland. The bonito shavings and green onion added some flavor but a vinegar soy sauce would've been nice. I ended up dipping it in the leftover dressing from the duck salad.

Hub chose the next dish, pork meat pie. This was served in a bowl on top of mashed potatoes with a pool of gravy. The pork was surprisingly tender and the pastry was perfect, not too thick. I really liked the flavor of the gravy - it reminded me of a Chinese dish I've had before, but I couldn't remember where or when.

Our last dish was hamachi kama - nicely grilled so the meat stayed moist and the fins were crunchy. It could've used more salt (usually when I have it, the skin and some of the meat tastes like it's been rubbed in salt before being grilled/broiled) and was a smaller sized portion but we were pretty full at this point so it wasn't a big deal. I was happy to see this on the menu, it's usually sold out when I try to order it at other Japanese restaurants.

For dessert we ordered the apple napoleon which was described on the menu as an apple mille-feuille served with vanilla ice cream. It was the only letdown of the meal. It was a big bowl of vanilla ice cream (4 or 5 scoops) in a bowl of melted vamilla ice cream with a bit of caramel sauce mixed in, a few slices of green apple, and 2 small squares of puff pastry floating on top. It would've been nice if there was more apple and puff pastry and a little less ice cream.

We saw a lot of interesting dishes at the tables around us we want to try next time, but we'll skip dessert.


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