In woks at Bangkok Cuisine, snow peas, shrimp, napa cabbage, and scallops snap sizzling drumrolls over the stove. Ingredients indigenous to Southeast Asia mingle in traditional Thai dishes, which also draw on the culinary traditions of the country’s neighbors. Catfish fillets marinate before chefs cover them in breading and garlic sauce, and shrimp, scallops, and squid evoke Thailand’s palm-tree-sprinkled coast. Chefs tailor each dish’s spiciness to individual palates, delighting daring diners with Thai peppers hotter than a fully-suited astronaut in a sauna. Fusion dishes include Chinese staples such as sweet-and-sour sauce.
At Tokyo Sushi & Grill, chefs spin out plates of authentic Asian eats alongside a sumptuous spread of quality sushi. Fish fans can fill their tuna tanks with mouthwatering morsels of white tuna ($2.25), yellowtail ($2.25), belly tuna ($4.25), or spicy tuna ($6.50), or mix and match any number of specialty sushi items to create a custom conglomeration of fresh fish, sticky rice, and chopped veggies. Complementing the sushi-heavy repertoire, Tokyo Sushi & Grill draws from the deep wells of Japanese and Thai culinary traditions. The shrimp tempura finds deep-fried succulent jumbo shrimp sharing prime plate real estate with battered vegetables and a tangy dipping sauce ($7.95 for lunch; $9.95 for dinner), and the crazy noodles entree earns its name by throwing together egg noodles, onions, carrots, pea pods, and bean sprouts in a mad mash-up, paired with your choice of protein and 17 copies of The Catcher in the Rye ($7.95–$10.95).
Alfoccino’s menu of Old World favorites pollinates the air with irresistible aromas emanating from homemade bread, hand-sliced meats, and signature sauces bubbling in pots. The shrimp scampi appetizer primes palates for a hearty Italian feasts with a quartet of jumbo Gulf shrimp bathing in a fragrant pool of white wine, lemon, and garlic butter. Alfoccino’s round and square pizzas earn their golden crust with a duel-baking process and don a choice of fresh toppings such as bacon, hot peppers, and tomato ($7.95+). Those who use forks as backscratchers can wrap their mitts around the half-pound Alfoccino burger ($7.50), or dive face-first into a four-cheese lasagna in meat sauce ($14.50). While quenching appetites bite by bite, guests lap up splashes of house wine plucked from California and Tuscany ($6/glass, $24/bottle).
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