Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Sunday Brunch at Tamari (Warrendale)

I maintain a restaurant wishlist on Urbanspoon which currently stands at 159 restaurants, 99 of which are in the Pittsburgh area.  Clearly, it is going to take me a really, really long time to get to them all!  So earlier in the summer I created a mental wishlist of the top 5 Pittsburgh eateries I'd like to hit up before the end of the year, and Tamari was one of them.

As luck would have it, R.'s step-uncle was in town several weekends ago and staying in Cranberry Township.  He wanted to meet up on Sunday, so we met at Tamari's Warrendale location for brunch.  Located in the Strayer University complex near where I-79 and I-76 cross over, Tamari occupies a comfortably large space and offers a mouthwatering brunch menu featuring a wide variety of options, including Latino or Asian twists to standard brunch items (e.g., Chorizo Biscuits and Gravy, Bulgogi and Eggs).  I, however, had been dying to try Tamari's sushi, so that's exactly what I went for: a Tamari Roll, featuring white tuna, crab meat, a sriracha aioli, topped with scallops, scallions, caviar, and panko flakes.  It doesn't look very hefty, but this roll actually has eight pieces, so it is quite filling.  I wish I had the stomach space to try another sushi item, because the Tamari Roll was fresh, tasty, and left me wanting for more, but alas, a girl can only eat so much in a single sitting!

Tamari Specialty Maki at Tamari
Tamari Roll ($18)

R.'s step-uncle had a Curried Burrito, with pork belly, potato confit, ancho mole, and a fried egg and chives on top.  He was nice enough to let me snap a photo and take a bite, too.  Delicious!

Curried Burrito at Tamari
Curried Burrito ($9)

I didn't get a photo of R.'s meal, but he loved it.  His Corn Pancakes with ancho syrup and raspberry compote was a "small plate" item, but actually came with three pancakes.

We all enjoyed our food and had a lovely time catching up.  Ahhh...what more can you ask for?

Restaurant info:
701 Warrendale Village Drive, Warrendale, PA 15086
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