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.
The chefs at Tenka Asian Bistro don't hide in the kitchen while concocting their mouthwatering Japanese cuisine. Whether they're searing up meats on tableside hibachi grills or tranquilly crafting rolls at the sushi bar, these chefs entertain their guests with flashy cooking techniques right in the dining room. The result of these culinary performances is a vast menu of sushi and sashimi and dazzling displays of seared hibachi scallops, filet mignon, lobster, and chicken. Meanwhile behind closed kitchen doors, another team of chefs whips up Chinese specialties such as lo mein, egg foo young, and fried rice out of the sightlines of hungry guests and vengeful Medusas.
Luen Hop Chinese Restaurant fills pint- and quart-size cartons with takeout staples including soft lo mein noodles, fried rice, and well-sauced cuts of seared pork, chicken, and beef. Roasted duck—a house specialty—complements mixed vegetables with its crisp skin and tender meat, and tofu and chicken surrender to sweet and spicy sauces during General Tso's good-cop-bad-cop routine.