Tamari Restaurant and Lounge

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412-325-3435

3519 Butler St ( )

Pittsburgh, PA 15201

Neighborhoods: Lower Lawrenceville

 
Description: Tamari Restaurant and Lounge is a Latin, Asian, and Pan Asian restaurant where most Menuism users came for fun with friends, paid between $25 and $50, and tipped more than 18%.
Tags: Sushi Asian/Latin Fusion, Takeout, Latin, Asian, Reservations, OpenTable, Casual Elegant, Lawrenceville, Pan Asian, and Good for groups
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Innovative Asian Latin inspired cuisine in Lower Lawrenceville, Pittsburgh, PA.
Pittsburgh City Paper 2009 "Best New Restaurant" & "Best Fusion Restaurant".
Pittsburgh Magazine 2010 "Best New Restaurant" & "25 Best Restaurants".
Pittsburgh Magazine 2011, 2012 & 2013 "25 Best Restaurants".

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Tamari Restaurant and Lounge

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Tamari, Tamari, I love ya Tamari....

Chef Richard Li had time to work the menu items for this debut menu for two years as a result of a delayed opening, and with inventive fusion at the heart, I’d say it’s time well spent. Though the service still seems to be struggling to catch up with the pace set full-steam ahead by the buzz positive reviews are bringing, the food was worth the wait. Tamari is a fusion of latin and asian cuisine. The melange brings a sophistication and an approachability to both cuisines and fans (or critics) of either are sure to find something they can’t resist. The menu is expansive and has a full sushi / sashimi selection as well as numerous entrees and starters. Their isn’t much here if you’re a strict vegetarian, but pescatarians should be pleased with the choices. They also boast a creative drink menu – I tried the cantelope-tini and couldn’t resist a second with dinner. I’ll be interested to see how they cope with the influx of patrons and genuinely hope they keep their head above water. So many foodies stand to benefit.

Dishes I tried:

chicken lemongrass spring roll with jalapeno salsa

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Hot hot hot! This was a great starter, but kept my mouth burning throughout dinner. The chicken lemongrass stuffing was very tasty, with just the right mix of moistness in the meat, and crunch in the shell. The jalapeno salsa was so good I kept eating it despite the sweat on my brow. Delicious.

Tamari Bento

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talk about good food for good value! This was far more than I was able to eat – a california roll plus two skewers of chicken and a cup of miso. All were good, but based on the way the sea bass my husband ordered looked and tasted, I look forward to a return visit and another selection.

Dozen's chocolate ganache tart

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Though we selected one of the desserts that wasn’t housemade, I’ve got to give credit to Li for recognizing when it’s impossible to improve on a great thing. This was absolutely divine, rich and super creamy dark chocolate with a hint of bitterness that’s chased away by the slow heat of the chili that sneaks up behind and kisses you. Paired with a delicate sweet raspberry and sticky caramel sauce on the side, this is truly one of the best desserts of 2009.

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