In this special weekly feature, “Today” food editor Phil Lempert brings you recipes “stolen” (with permission) from notable restaurants across America. See how much fun you can have (and money you can save) by cooking these dishes at home.
THIS WEEK: Tuna & Hamachi Sashimi Salad (served checkerboard style) from Sterling Steakhouse in Hollywood, California
If your New Year’s resolution is to eat healthier foods, you won’t have to worry with this nutritious sashimi salad. Sashimi is usually low in fat and calories and high in protein and omega-3 fatty acids. This beautiful dish is so simple to make and it will make your dinner table look like a work of art! Tuna & Hamachi Sashimi Salad (served checkerboard style) is one of the creations of Chef Andrew Pastore at Sterling Steakhouse, one of contemporary Hollywood’s hottest new restaurants.
About the chef: A native of Brooklyn, Andrew Pastore segued into professional kitchens as dishwasher and a short order cook in his teens. After a brief stint at an arts magnet school in Manhattan, Pastore enlisted in the New York Restaurant School. Pastore credits mentors such as Jean-George Vongerichten, owner of the haute JoJo and Vong; Neil Murphy of the Blue Water Grill and John Dilio of the French-Asian influenced Zoë as pivotal mentors in his life. After six years, Pastore packed his bags and headed west for California.
Pastore believes in utilizing the local markets, incorporating organic produce and integrating elements of favored French, Asian and Italian ingredients. “Restaurants need to evolve, try new things, but still keep their finger on the pulse of the customer.” The 30-year-old Pastore is currently involved at the Pig’n Whistle, Hollywood’s White Lotus, and has recently been named executive chef of Sterling Steakhouse in Hollywood, which opened in July 2005.
When not busy heating up the kitchens, he loves to draw, create new art for his tattoos and focus his attention on his two-year-old daughter.
Tuna & Albacore Sashimi Salad is served at Sterling Steakhouse for $17. This recipe is meant to serve one.Recipe: Tuna & Hamachi Sashimi Salad (served checkerboard style) (on this page)
1429 Ivar Avenue
Hollywood, CA 90028
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