Tuna Stack @ Zea
Some of the best dishes at Zea are seasonal items–an unusual state of affairs for a chain restaurant. The star of the summer menu for the past few years is this dish, made with cubes of fresh raw tuna, slices of avocado, mango, sesame seeds and wasabi aioli. All this is layered into a metal ring. After the rings is removed, it’s a modest tower with colorful layers and even more edifying flavors. The house’s spicy chili sauce is squirted here and there. It comes with a few triangles of pita bread. It’s so good you want another, but move on to the entree: this is so intense in its flavors that it might overload your senses. The avocados alone are so rich as to expand all the other flavors. Not only that, but the tuna stack is so popular that it’s on the menu all the time now.
Zea. Harahan: 1655 Hickory Ave. 504-738-0799.
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