By Dane Feldman
Photo by Dane Feldman.
Tani Asian Grill is located on Rock Rd in Glen Rock, New Jersey just up the street from the Glen Rock train station. Glen Rock’s downtown area is small, but not empty, yet Tani is somehow completely full even at 9:30pm on a Thursday night.
At first glance, Tani’s menu may look just like your run-of-the-mill sushi-meets-Asian fusion menu. Upon further examination, though, you may find yourself as impressed as I was with the “Pan-Asian” inspired dishes.
The menu is divided into a large handful of sections and includes sushi, dim sum, sushi bar appetizers, kitchen appetizers, noodle soups, Chinese entrees, and Thai entrees.
As usual, I had a hankering for sushi so I ordered a few special rolls to share with the table: Tropical Roll (spicy salmon, banana, crunch inside, topped with fresh tuna, mango, and avocado), Fantastic Roll (giant roll with tuna, salmon, yellowtail, cucumber, avocado, may, and tobiko wrapped in color seaweed), and the Red & White Roll (white tuna, avocado, and jalapeno inside, topped with red tuna, white tuna, wasabi mayo, and scallion).
The rolls were great; everything was fresh and the flavors paired well. I personally love banana in my sushi and it isn’t too easy to find. I had a difficult time deciding what to order here because so many of the special rolls appealed to me.
What surprised me most, actually, were the appetizers that came before the sushi. The green salad was colossal and far better than most you’ll find at a sushi restaurant. Instead of the standard shredded iceberg lettuce, some cucumber slices, and one sad tomato topped with ginger dressing, Tani’s salad contains spinach and mixed greens, with a heap of cucumbers, tomatoes, and carrots under ginger dressing.
The Tataki Roulade was also fabulous: seared tuna wrapped with avocado and served in a sesame miso sauce. I would recommend this again and again. Well done, Tani.
Tani is a BYO establishment, like many in New Jersey, which makes it particularly interesting that the restaurant could be so busy so late on a weeknight.
The restaurant does serve tea, Japanese soda, juice, and other soft drinks.
My only real complaint is an arbitrary one: it was almost too dark inside the restaurant to snap a photo, but the ambience otherwise was quite nice. Big booths line one wall and a cozy, but modern seating area is situated by the sushi bar.
Despite how busy the restaurant was on a Thursday night, the staff seemed more than well equipped. The waiters were attentive, kind, and patient. When our appetizer took a little longer than expected, the manager made a point to come over and apologize and it was then promptly brought out. On a busy night, something as simple as that can escalate even a run-of-the-mill sushi place into top-notch territory. Luckily for Tani, it has far more to offer than just good service.