Monday, June 6, 2011

Eat Curbside - Ahi Tuna Sliders

I recently had the pleasure of tasting the Ahi Sliders from Eat Curbside, and I was lucky because I got the last one before they sold out. Spicy, spicy, spicy - these little suckers pack a punch! But underneath all of the wasabi aioli and sesame slaw is a terrific tasting ahi tuna "burger" that will make your taste buds melt.

Eat Curbside dishes out their wares from a bright silver Airstream trailer. Chef Eric Rud had a lot of tasty offerings on the menu at least week's Off the Grid, but the Ahi Sliders stood out the most to me, especially since they're topped with a wasabi aioli. And I love wasabi.

The Ahi Sliders come two to an order and are served on miniature sesame seed hamburger buns. The tuna is slightly seared so that it retains its cool red center. They are then piled high with sesame slaw and finished with wasabi aioli. They are accompanied by thick semi-circle french fries.

I really enjoyed the overall taste of the sliders, but be warned, you must be a fan of wasabi to enjoy these! The wasabi is really the dominant flavor, and the slaw  overpowered the tuna. Also, I thought that the buns were a little too thick, which also detracted from the tuna. While the tuna had a great taste, the quantity was rather small and therefore got a bit lost in the myriad of other accoutrements. I often had bites that were predominately slaw and wasabi, and while I enjoyed those, I preferred when a bit of tuna snuck its way in. The fries, however, were great. They were perfectly cooked and with just the right amount of salt. I loved them!

So while I still enjoyed these a lot, a different bun or thicker (or more) slices of tuna would make this dish jump to rating of  4 or 5. The delicacy of the ahi tuna just gets lost in everything else, and while both the aioli and slaw are great on their own, they are meant to accentuate the slider, not consume it.

Rating: 3/5 (ratings guide)

Eat Curbside (@eatcurbside) $8.00 per order

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