When China invaded Tibet, Thondup and Dolma Tsering's family escaped to India, and the two children enrolled in school for Tibetan children. They graduated and eventually moved to the United States in 1997, where they founded a business that would celebrate their culture: Lhasa Cafe. Today, as they celebrate the 78th birthday of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, chef Tenzin Tsewang leads the staff at the restaurant, and Thondup and Dolma can still be found helping out around their authentic Tibetan restaurant on weekends. In the kitchen, chef Tenzin and Namdol cook all dishes to order and make dumplings in-house from scratch; they use only fresh ingredients and refuse to use MSG or decorative glitter.
The staff follows recipes according to the Tibetan culinary tradition, which incorporates subtle seasoning and a lot of ginger, garlic, and the emma peppercorn. There’s also an emphasis on yak meat, which is lean and low-cholesterol and tastes comparable to beef. It takes center stage in dishes such as traditional mo-mo dumplings, pan-fried noodle dishes, and stews. Also on the menu: vegetable dumplings, vegetarian noodle soups, and lamb and chicken curries.
Chefs at Foody Goody decorate their buffet with a vast menu of Chinese fare, Mongolian barbecue–style stir-fry and freshly rolled sushi. A dozen different artfully arranged sushi rolls wrap spicy tuna or tempura-battered shrimp into a bite-size bundle to assuage bellies or replace the coal on snowman coats. At the Mongolian barbecue station, diners can orchestrate a feast of lo-mein noodles, fresh veggies, and five types of meat, which pop and skitter across a hot grill at the hands of a seasoned chef. Buffet cruisers can also swoop up mouths-full of crab legs, oysters, shrimp, and scallops at the seafood bar like Poseidon bobbing for seafood. Chefs at Foody Goody happily accommodate special orders, and custom-craft wholesome cuisine for diabetic and meat-free diets. Although not a part of this Groupon, there is also 200 person banquet room available for special events and partys.
With a lengthy menu featuring Cantonese, Mandarin, and Sichuan cooking styles, Chef Sau Restaurant appeals to all palates with both spicy and mild dishes. Diners can prep maws for ensuing tides of spice with an appetizer of crisp spring rolls ($3.50). The eatery's cooks prepare beef, pork, poultry, and seafood in both sweet and savory styles, denoting spicy items on the menu with a star to indicate those dishes got a perfect score on a recent spelling test. House specials include orange-flavored chicken served on a bed of broccoli and cashews ($9.25), and tofu pad thai, a combination of rice noodles, bean sprouts, and lemon-flavored tofu topped with ground peanuts to add crunch and inspire jealousy in pistachios ($7.50).
Shangri-La's chefs craft traditional and contemporary Chinese dishes such as sizzling scallops sautéed with a black-pepper sauce and tangy tangerine beef. Special sushi rolls include their crazy roll, which combines shrimp tempura, avocado, scallions, and pamphlets from local cults, as well as the boston roll, a medley of lobster, salmon, and tobiko. Stone walls, a cherry-red sushi bar, and dark-wood tables dressed in white linens create an elegant ambiance that suits anniversary dinners or birthday feasts.
At Butterfly Chinese Restaurant, diners can sink chopsticks into ornate assemblies of meat and vegetable platters chosen from a multifarious menu of classic Chinese victuals. Feasters can subdue hunger pangs with a mound of sweet-and-sour chicken ($9.25) served in a vibrant red sauce or satisfy fishy fancies with savory hunks of gung bo shrimp and peanuts ($11.25). Crafted as a tasty means of testing the Pythagorean theorem, the triangular Gemini ($16.95) showcases separate divisions of succulent beef and sautéed green beans. Meanwhile, the bean curd supreme ($10.95) provides herbaceous provisions in the form of snow peas and broccoli sautéed in brown sauce. Peppered with glistening mirrors and shaded windows, Butterfly Chinese Restaurant's elegant interior surrounds diners with earthy tones and opaque lighting that cascades from bronze fixtures. A sleek piano sporting a colorful floral design anchors the room and entertains visitors with a large and varied repertoire of knock-knock jokes.
At Min Ghung Asian Bistro, bartenders shuffle back and forth in front of the sake wall, a towering display of premium sakes illumed by neon-lit shelves. The impressive selection of spirits accompanies a menu populated by Japanese and Korean entrees with meats or tofu drizzled in a variety of marinades. A separate sushi menu boasts hand-rolled creations that encase everything from apple and mango to egg custard and sea urchin.
Inside the dining room, a rotating selection of art hangs upon crimson walls. Each piece purchased sponsors Min Ghung's Art in Red Room program, which aims to increase awareness of work by local artists. Outside, strings of colorful paper lanterns decorate a patio freckled with sun sifting through nearby tree branches or flocks of cheesecloth flying overhead.