Two girls two guys eight tapas one dessert at East 8, a New York fusion “East meets West” tapas bar. In case you are wondering (like I did), “8th Street” is an area in lower Manhattan in NYC, where there are several diverse Asian restaurants. Plus, the number “8” means luck (huat ah!!!) in most Asian cultures, hence the inspiration behind the name “East 8″.
The one-pager menu is compact and comprehensive with different categories such as “Raw”, “Meat”, “Seafood”, “Vegetables”, “Sides” and “Desserts”. On hindsight, I realized we had a well-balanced meal cuz at least one dish was ordered from each section haha. Anyway, other than a couple of mediocre dishes, I enjoyed most of the tapas, score!
The predictably likable ones are the fresh hamachi slices doused with sesame soy dressing and tuna chunks tossed with cubes of avocado. Most impressive are the crispy truffle portobello mushroom fries (I love how thick and chunky they are!) and miso chilean seabass (so deliciously soft that I wanted it all to myself heh heh). I’m not surprised K likes the cream drunken chicken (his favourite choice of meat!) more than the pork sliders and soy yuzu beef. The bacon wrapped scallops were average and portions were small for the price. I had my heart set on the molten peanut butter chocolate lava cake and it didn’t disappoint! One word: RICH.
Hamachi & Caviar ($16++)
hamachi with sesame, soy dressing & black caviar
avocado and lemon on yellowfin tuna chunks
Portobello Fries ($16++)
truffle portobello mushroom fries with roasted garlic aioli
Miso Chilean Seabass ($24++)
marinated Chilean seabass in miso and wine, buttered shimeji mushroom
Cream Drunken Chicken ($18++)
poached half chicken roulade dressed in chinese wine cream sauce, king oyster mushrooms
Land + Sea ($27++)
baked bacon wrapped hokkaido scallops, sunny side up quail eggs, yuzu vodka cream sauce
Molten Peanut Butter & Chocolate ($15++)
lava cake, french vanilla ice cream
East 8, New York Fusion Tapas + Bar
#01-21/22, 10 Coleman Street