The first European explorers set sail to find new, exotic spices to please their hungry monarchs, but all they discovered were heaps of inedible gold. Broaden your mouth's horizons with this Groupon.
$10 for $20 Worth of Global Cuisine for Lunch
The menu includes cheese-fondue starters with gruyere and emmenthaler swiss ($16), parmesan truffle fries with house-cut kennebec potatoes ($7), 14-ounce certified-Angus prime rib ($33), miso-infused Chilean sea bass ($25), and Aussie burgers made with fresh-ground kangaroo ($16).
The chefs at Cafe 5501, formerly known as RJ Tao, cast a large net to serve a diverse menu of exotic global cuisine in a sleek, eye-catching dining room, creating a dining experience that earned praise from the Arkansas Times and Arkansas Online. The dishes show off influences from all around the Pacific Rim, whether it's cheese fondues with melted gruyere and emmenthaler swiss from France by way of Vietnam or malaysian roasted lobster seasoned with lemongrass and thai basil and served with pineapple fried rice. Entrees show off a variety of unique game, including Australian kangaroo served three ways: as a wok-fired tenderloin, fried inside wonton skin, or ground into burgers that the Times said had "an extremely lean texture and a flavor that was wild and almost tangy; it was rich and gamey in the best way possible." Guests can enjoy flavors from closer to home with certified-Angus steaks and parmesan truffle fries made with hand-cut kennebec potatoes and shaped like local high school mascots.
Bartenders shake up a variety of house cocktails in the technicolor light of the lava bar and pour more than 50 different wines available by the glass. A behemoth buddha statue dominates the dining room despite the ever-changing LED lights that decorate booths and private tables hidden inside round alcoves. Each Tuesday and Wednesday night, live jazz music fills the air to entertain guests lounging on red and white yin-yang ottomans and gazing at the flat-screen TVs that hang above the bar.
The best thing we ate all night was the Belgian chocolate fondue, which was rich and bittersweetArkansas Foodies, 10/2/12
the owners paid attention to details and turned the space into an experience of sight, sound, feel, and taste.Vone Nantharangsy, Underground Socialite, 9/2/12
“I had the Walnut Shrimp with rice noodles; it needed a sauce and a vegetable, and the noodles were really dry. BUT the steak my friend ordered was cooked to perfection.”
“Great now that sushi has been added to menu!”
5501 Kavanaugh Blvd.
Little Rock, Arkansas 72207