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If there’s one thing Andrea’s isn’t short on, it’s choices when it comes to ordering. The extensive menu boasts everything from Wagyu beef sliders to extravagant sushi rolls. When chef Joseph Elevado created the menu, he designed it so everything could be shared — from the appetizers to the noodle dishes, you can dine family style.
Appetizers (or “table shares,” as they’re known on the menu) come in various forms, all of which are mouthwatering dishes. Whether you start with the steamed edamame and the irresistible shishito peppers or the bigeye tuna and Wagyu beef sliders, you can’t make a bad choice. But our Forbes Travel Guide editors have to admit that the hamachi topped with crispy garlic, pickled cherry pepper, cilantro and sudachi soy is a must-try.
You can also start off with dim sum — ranging from pan-fried scallion pancakes to shrimp and pork shumai dumplings — or seafood on ice, including oysters, bigeye tuna “poke,” slow-poached prawns, king crab legs, marinated bay scallops and Maine lobster. There are also soups — tom kha gai and miso — and salads, which range from a house salad with sesame-ginger vinaigrette to chili mint duck confit.
As for the entrees, we suggest ordering a couple of dishes to share. You can indulge in fish and meat such as an eight-ounce Wagyu rib cap, saikyo miso black cod and five-spice garlic lobster. You’ll want to pair these protein dishes with a side or two — think snap peas and fried smashed potatoes with Thai curry aioli — or a rice or noodle dish.
And if you’re craving sushi, Andrea’s has that, too. Satisfy that hankering with a classic California or soft shell crab roll if you must, but we suggest opting for one of the specialty sushi rolls like the special cucumber roll with tuna, yellowtail, salmon, king crab and avocado wrapped in cucumber (rather than rice) and topped with eel sauce and spicy sesame dressing. You can order sashimi and nigiri as well.
If you still have room after that feast, sink your teeth into some decadent desserts. The mini ice cream cone sampler is great for ice cream fans; try three or eight flavors (think sake cherry, yuzu sour and banana crunch). But if you’re looking for a heavier dessert, opt for the dessert tasting and order three sinful mini treats like the vanilla lemongrass panna cotta with blood orange segments and crispy rice or the crispy coconut roll with coconut nougatine, coconut and dry coconut.