Friday, August 15, 2008

Aug. 14, 2008 - Eurasia Bistro

Eurasia Bistro
129 E Ponce De Leon Ave
Decatur, GA 30030

The first meeting of the "Black Thai Supper Club". We decided to go to Eurasia Bistro in Decatur after reading their special menu for Taste of Asia Week. Two courses for $28, but when you see rack of lamb on the menu, you go for it.

Appetizer was the Black Plate - a sampling of three different appetizers:
- Crab Spring Roll w/Lettuce Wrap and Tamarind Dipping Sauce
- Grilled Bamboo Skewered Chicken Satay
- Stuffed Shrimp w/Asparagus and Shiitake Mushroom

The spring roll was average - good but not tremendous. The satay was surprisingly tender and the carrot and cucumber sauce in lieu of peanut sauce was a nice change. But the stuffed shrimp was the winner of the plate. Crisp, flavorful and served on a mini-salad with a wonderful plum sauce dressing. I'd definitely order the shrimp again.

On to the Main Course! The four of us got the three different choices:
- Roast Boneless Cornish Hen Marinated in Five Spices w/Baby Corn and Asparagus
- Char-broiled Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb w/Thai Basil Aioli
- Sea Scallops in Rice Batter with Broccoli

The cornish hen was good, but not excellent. As with most small birds, there were pieces that were cooked to overly dry. The meaty parts were nice and the skin had good flavor. The baby corn and sauce were nice, but the asparagus tended towards bitter.

Cooked to medium rare the large portions lamb did not disappoint. Mushrooms, onions and rice soaked up the aioli nicely.

The winner of the main course fare was definitely the sea scallops. Tender with a light crunchiness from the batter, fresh and flavorful. I would certainly return to eat a plate of that again.

Even though dessert was not part of the fixed menu, we decided to indulge. We got four desserts that were from Alon's:
- Green Tea Cake
- Tiramisu

- Chocolate Raspberry Mousse Cake
- White Chocolate Mango Cake

The green tea cake was a nice idea, but poor execution. The mint garnish was overpowering and the cake seemed at times bitter. The tiramisu was nice, but not the best I've ever had. The chocolate raspberry mousse cake was sweet almost to overpowering, but still worth the money. But the surprise dessert was the white chocolate mango cake. Sweet but not too sweet, good flavor, quite refreshing. A nice finish to our meal.

All in all, a successful first outing of the Club. I'll post as we continue our Page-by-Page Culinary Tour of Atlanta.


Kat said...


The Falconer said...

Great, I'm starving here in my office and you send me a link to this and a description of lamb? Now I have to go eat a late lunch.

The Whippet said...

Well said! Only thing I can add is that the scallops were very buttery almost to the point of being too much by the 4th or 5th scallop.

All-in-all a great opener for the Black Thai Supper Club!

The Whippet said...

Update: Eurasia Bistro is also a part of SkyMiles dining. Just got an email letting me know I snagged 458 skymiles with that dinner. Woohoo!