Neighborhood Eats: Patria Restaurant and Mixology Lounge

June 17, 2011 3:08:36 PM PDT
Patria Restaurant and Mixology Lounge, located at 169 W. Main St. in Rahway, New Jersey, just opened in December. It is located across from the Arts Center and near a lot of new construction.

In fact, the name of the restaurant translates to "homeland", because many different homelands are represented in the Nuevo Latino cuisine.

Inside the restaurant there is a chic feel and the menu is at the hands of Chef Andrew DiCataldo.

Expect to see menu items such as arepas, pulpo, ceviche and tacos...Or, maybe the plantain tilapia suits your taste.

Then there are the drinks, which you might want to have later in the evening in one of the two lounges.

Below is the recipe for Chef DiCataldo's plantain tilapia if you wish to make it at home.

Plantain Tilapia

Serves 4

  • 4 Tilapia Fillets
  • 4 cups vegetable oil (for frying Plantain chips)
  • 2 green plantains peeled and sliced thin
  • ½ cup flour
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • Salt and pepper

    For the sauce:

  • 2T Olive Oil
  • 2 shallots chopped fine
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped fine
  • 2T Flour
  • 1t turmeric
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • ½ cup chicken stock
  • 2 lemons juiced
  • 2T chopped cilantro
  • 2T butter
  • 2t salt

    For the Tilapia

    Heat the oil in a large pot to 350 degrees and fry the plantain slices until they become golden brown and crisp. Remove from oil and drain on paper towels. Break up plantain chips. Place chips in food processor with on/off pulses and grind chips into coarse crumbs. Place the ground chips, flour and eggs in separate bowls. Season fish with salt and pepper. Dip only one side of fish into flour, then into eggs, and finally into chips on one side of the fish.

    For the Sauce

    In a 4qt. sauce pot, heat oil and cook shallots and garlic for 2 min. Stir in flour and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Add turmeric and wine, stirring with a whisk to remove any lumps. Add chicken stock and bring to a boil.

    Finish sauce with lemon juice, cilantro, and butter. Season with salt and keep warm.

    Place over medium heat 2T olive oil in a skillet and swirl in 1T butter. Add fish fillet crust side down to pan. Cook for one minute, just until crust is crisp. Turn fillet over and continue to cook an additional two min. Place pan in 350 degree oven until fish is fully cooked (about 5 minutes).

    To Serve

    Ladle sauce onto serving plate. Place fish on top of sauce. Serve with sides of sautéed spinach and fried sweet plantains.