Shorewood’s Anaba Tea Room is a refuge from 20-degree weather. The subterranean restaurant – the upper floors of the building belong to retail store The Garden Room – has become more of a restaurant now that the kitchen renovation is complete and chef Gregg Des Rosier and his crew are, for the first time in Anaba’s history, serving dinner. As you step into the room, you’ll see the new tea counter and liquor bar. The lighting is a bit bright, but the dining room is a tad more elegant than when it was primarily the setting for oolong tea and scones with Devonshire cream. The dinner menu – with seven appetizers and 10 entrées – definitely has an Asian flavor to it. Apps include black bean cakes with kimchee and deep-fried braised egg on shoestring potatoes with mustard oil ($5 and $6, respectively). Most of the entrées are available in half- and full-size portions. A few selections: Korean barbecued chicken with cilantro-lime broth and rice noodles; smoked tea-rubbed pork tenderloin; lemongrass chicken with white rice and coconut milk; and prosciutto-wrapped red Thai curry with ginger matcha rice (half $6-$9; full $12-$18). 2107 E. Capitol Dr., 414-963-9510.
Toast the Most
December is dripping with parties. Restaurants join in the action, too. This Thursday (Dec. 9), the melody of “O Tannenbaum” will ring through LuLu Cafe & Cocktails (2261 and 2265 S. Howell Ave., 414-294-5858). It’s the night of LuLu’s holiday party. The Bay View restaurant’s gift to you: drink specials all night long, and free appetizers from 5 to 7 p.m. Looking ahead to the first day of 2011 –yep, New Year’s Day – LuLu will serve “hangover” brunch specials, Bloody Marys, Mimosas and lots more cocktails that just might layer a hangover on top of the old one.
AJ Bomber’s TV time continues (1247 N. Water St., 414-221-9999). The Downtown joint – need I say it won the Burger War broadcast a few months ago on the Travel Channel’s “Food Wars” show? – is also featured this week on the Travel Channel’s “Best Places I’ve Ever Been.” When? Tomorrow (Wednesday, Dec. 8) at 3 p.m. and Saturday, (Dec. 11) at 7 a.m. Inconvenient times? You can at least watch the trailer here.
Years ago, I wrote a piece in Milwaukee Magazine about game – where to find exemplary sources of it. No game conversation could take place without Riversite chef Tom Peschong. The man just knows his way around elk, deer, game birds, etcetera. The December wine dinner at Riversite is very game-y. But first, some details on the liquid refreshment. The featured wineries are Pio Cesare (Italy), and Carpe Diem and Roederer Estate (both from California). The five-course meal includes: rosy duck liver mousse; roasted roulade of rabbit with spinach and porcini duxelle; smoky bacon-wrapped quail with crisp sage and braised endive; and ragout of wild boar with roasted garlic, caramelized onion and sweet peppers. Monday, Dec. 13, 7 p.m. $90 per person. For reservations: 262-242-6050. (11120 N. Cedarburg Rd., Mequon)
Meat and Greet
Trocadero’s new Sunday Steak Night certainly sounds like a deal. You get a choice of a 6-ounce filet mignon, 12-ounce rib eye or 12-ounce New York strip. It’s served with starch, veggie, accompanying sauce and a glass of house wine. The price tag: $20. Note: I haven’t tried this, so I can’t vouch for the quality of the meat. (1758 N. Water St., 414-272-0205)
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