Tantalum: A Long Beach Oasis
2011-07-25 · By Chandra Clewley
I have to admit to being shocked that I had never been to Tantalum pre-baby when I finally tried it. I always thought it was kind of a fancy joint, but actually it was pretty casual and moderately priced. It isn’t necessarily a flip flop and board shorts kind of place, but I felt at home coming in with the baby. The front entrance is tropical, with lots of water features and a rickshaw, then a glass door leading you into the lobby, which has a large waterfall feature on one wall. Just walking in made me excited to try the food!
We had a Restaurant.com coupon, which was an even better incentive to try out Tantalum. Once seated, I noticed the large bar area, there was a live band playing decent lounge music, and the entire restaurant overlooks the water.
Tantalum offered a special menu so we ordered accordingly. We started with the Sterling Organic Sauvignon Blanc and a Strawberry Fields. I have no idea what is in this drink, but get it. It is fresh, delightful and tastes like fresh Strawberry water…it is so summery.
As for food, we decided to graze. I had heard to try the Yakiniku Calamari which comes with toasted cashews and smoked shishito aioli, so we ordered that. In addition, we ordered the Warm Fried Brie with sourdough crostini, plum sweet and sour and peach Thai chili chutney and the Sushi roll which was spicy tuna with gobo, mango, and avocado inside baked sweet chili crab on top with Meyer lemon aioli. The warm brie arrived crunchy and breaded and was delicious, although I thought it could use more of the chutney and more of the crostini. The calamari is not what you would expect, because it is made there and cut into thicker strips that reminded me of the same texture as Portobello mushrooms. The sushi was divine.
Our service was excellent too, and of course it was a beautiful summer day on top of everything else. I would highly recommend Tantalum for an after work function, a nice date, or any number of reasons to get together!
Tantalum is located at 6272 E. Pacific Coast Highway in Long Beach. (562)431-1414