Local meats, fresh veggies, and imported spices enhance the traditional Thai and Japanese food at Surin of Thailand. Chefs manipulate yellow, red, and green curry dishes with splashes of coconut milk, citrus juice, or peanuts, and they marinate select meats overnight before slow-roasting them until they’re tender enough to fall apart when looked at. To ensure a sushi menu that’s just as authentic as the Thai dishes, many of the restaurant’s chefs train in Japan under the tutelage of sushi masters. The result is a menu of more than 20 varieties of sushi and nigiri, many of which feature pan-Asian flourishes such as plum sauce and drizzles of panang curry.
Wasabi’s menu is a massive meld of traditional Japanese sensations and tasty Thai creations. Tako su (steamed octopus, $5.95) and yaki ebi (shrimp teriyaki skewers, $4.50) bait anxious appetites before reeling them in for a main course of tuna, salmon, and shrimp nigiri (two pieces, $3.75–$3.95). Try one of Wasabi’s chef-special rolls, such as the Midnight Fantasy, with shrimp, crab, tuna, yellow tail, seaweed salad, and fish egg ($12.95), or fall back on old favorites, such as the california ($4.20) and rainbow ($7.95) rolls. Palates will experience a flavor implosion from the Dynamite Roll's deep-fried salmon, crab, and asparagus ($6.20). The Rock 'n' Roll packs a mouthwatering wallop of shrimp tempura, fish egg, cream cheese, and crab, similar to pressing your tongue against a stack of Marshall amps ($5.50). Pad thai (tofu or chicken, $7.65; beef or shrimp, $7.95) and kaeng phet curry ($11–$15) are nice for a bit of spice, and pineapple fried rice ($8.95–$9.95) and sweet-and-sour chicken or shrimp ($11) satisfy mellower Thai cravings.
The stylists at Green Ginger Hair Design consult with each client before snipping strands with precision. Tapping into a vast styling knowledge maintained by continuous education in techniques, styles, haircare products, and combo codes, stylists will cut locks into fresh styles or rejuvenate current coiffures. After the cuts, the hair kahunas will employ Redken products to tease or tame even the most Medusa-esque hair snarls into stylish coiffures that no longer turn passersby into stone. Customers in need of hair maintenance can settle in on one of the bright-yellow salon chairs, surrounded by vivid red walls and zebra-print accents, and customers in need of no maintenance can simply hang around the lobby enjoying the lush views from Green Ginger's large windows.
Kane Yama's cooks fire up tableside hibachi grills to create healthy, authentic Japanese dishes and serve fresh eats from a full sushi bar. The menu boasts an eclectic number of steakhouse standbys and tongue-taming sharable sushi rolls, such as the fresh tuna tekka maki ($6) or the Oh My God roll ($15)—a combination of chili sauce and three different fishes that elicits involuntary OMGs from otherwise staid diners. Hibachi meals harness the timeless power of food-preparing heat with your choice of chicken, filet mignon, seafood, or a double dose of veggies. Each lunch comes with soup, salad, vegetables, and steamed rice ($7–$14), and dinner hibachi plates ($14–$28) also throw in a shrimp appetizer.
Despite its Italian name, Bella Cucina’s kitchen does not settle on one culinary tradition when it comes to compiling it's menu of pan-European fare. Lunchtime diners opt for a taste of France with slices of quiche with gruyere cheese or crepes stuffed with chicken. At dinner, the dishes hover closer to the Mediterranean, with options such as pasta dishes doused in sauce and tossed with seafood. Additionally, bubbling pots of fondue allow diners to coat morsels of food in molten cheese or chocolate for dessert.
The hands and knives of Taipei 101's cooks seem to unearth every corner of the Asian continent, recreating some of the most popular cuisine from China, Thailand, Japan, and other countries. Though the menu primarily features Thai recipes—such as spicy basil stir-fry and crispy roasted duck in rich curry sauce—it also highlights Japanese sushi and sashimi, as chefs craft everything from slices of fresh yellowtail to specialty rolls such as the King Dragon Roll's blend of eel, avocado, and rice—a cylinder as round as the actual King Dragon's half-melted scepter. Beef chow fun, shrimp lo mein, and other Chinese dishes round out the menu alongside mochi ice cream and other desserts.