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After 5: Echo, Palm Beach, Happy Hour

July 30th, 2010 · No Comments

After 5: Echo, Palm Beach

Happy hours: 5:30 – 7 p.m., at the bar and outside patio only.

The crowd: A mix of tourists and area professionals generate an exciting vibe.

Surrounds: The 16-seat bar area curves around like a snake-charmer’s assistant. The fun overflows onto the outside patio, where there are comfortable seats and tables.

Barback: This place was jammed, with customers slammed up against the bar. The bartenders (three) often lost track of us, but apologized profusely when we were left hanging.

The sips: Exciting cocktails are available; anything off the main menu is up for grabs at half price. Looking for cool and refreshing? Try the Green Lotus, made with vodka, grapes, lime juice and agave nectar. A light and fruity taste for $6. Or dive into a Ginger Martini. Another vodka special, at $7, with cranberry juice and plum wine. Our bartender said it personified Echo’s theme of “resounding Asian cuisine.”

The noshes: We went crazy ordering the half-price sushi and sashimi. Everything was fresh and delicious and it was fun to watch the sushi chefs making each dish to order. Especially enjoyable was the tuna tataki, at $12, with seared tuna, masago, scallions, cucumber, sesame seeds, and ponzu. You can’t go wrong with the riceless rolls, either. Try the seafood cucumber roll with tuna, salmon, hamachi, kani kama, masago, asparagus, scallions, all wrapped in a soy sheet and cucumber, for $9. The only problem was trying to scoop it up with Echo’s signature metal chopsticks. We had to switch to a pair of less elegant wooden ones.

Tunes or noise: Very loud – with music blasting, we shouted our conversations and orders.

Rating: A fun 4.5 out of 5 olives.

Echo, Palm Beach

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