Golden Phoenix's owner brings a Thai background to the eatery's cuisine, but the cooking staff ably represents Thailand, China, and Japan with an eclectic menu of pan-Asian staples. Diners can clasp fresh sushi rolls or lap up spicy coconut curries, complemented by a broad selection of wines and sake.
The culinary wizards of Mt. Fuji Sushi & Hibachi synergize bold and rich flavors from fresh ingredients and meats before their customers’ eyes. Hibachi preparations of filet mignon ($24.50) and salmon ($20.50) eschew the kitchen for the dinner table, where red-hatted chefs grill meals inches away from patrons that will devour and name first-born children after the seared morsels. Special sushi rolls compete for diners’ attentions with unique swaths of ingredients; the Rock ‘n’ Roll is laced with mango, avocado, and shrimp tempura ($13.75), and the Godzilla roll balances its triple-fish attack with caviar and scallions ($12.25). The restaurant’s wide array hibachi grill-top tables encourages socialization, where strangers can become close companions as they marvel at their chef’s showmanship and amaze onlookers with their broccoli-catching skills.
Sushi is a complex world of flavors, textures, and colors that may seem intimidating at first. Wasabi Sushi Bar?s spread of more than 90 rolls includes simple california and bluefin rolls for the sushi newbie as well as adventurous items for those delving deeper into the realm of maki.
Yellowfin tuna and cucumber slices fill the simpler rolls, and shrimp tempura and avocado cut the delicate brine flavor of barbecued eel in other offerings. The sushi chefs also liberally sprinkle a housemade tempura crunch topping at the sushi bar, and New York strip steaks crackle beneath spicy teriyaki sauces at the grill.
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Each dish of homespun fare populating Indochine Cuisine's menu is carefully woven with fresh sauces and zesty seasonings, resulting in a harmonious blend of healthy tastes from Thailand and Vietnam. The restaurant's versatile starters can double as full meals or Burton Gilliam stand-ins—coconut-curry-sauce-marinated shrimp stuffs each deep-fried pastry pillow of the Fire Crackers ($5), and the grilled satay chicken rests comfortably in yellow curry sauce served with peanut sauce and 400-thread count cucumber vinaigrette ($6). Coat your throat with warm signature soups such as the coconut milk-infused Tom Kha ($6–$11) before loading up on one of Indochine Cuisine's tasty entrees. Fueled by basil curry puree, the rice-crusted Chilean sea bass rides on grilled zucchini ($20) rims before racing the fiery Bo Luc Lac's tender whip of wok-tossed steak ($14) through digestive highways.
Carved straight-backed chairs and hanging crimson lanterns cultivate a traditional Chinese vibe inside Golden Shanghai's spacious dining room. Nearby, a wall with strings of firecrackers and golden Buddha statues creates an exotic backdrop for family dinners or faked vacation photos. In keeping with the traditional décor theme, chefs plate MSG-free Chinese classics such as crispy duck and spicy Hunan beef as well as more adventurous specialties from a separate authentic-Chinese menu.
Elsewhere, however, the kitchen defies standard categories, bringing together the disparate cuisines of Japan, Thailand, and Vietnam for eclectic feasts. Tender morsels of Thai satay chicken share table space with Japanese sushi and udon, and chefs also stir up bowls of Vietnamese noodle soup. As they chomp their way through the tastes of the East, visitors can toast another year of not renewing their passport with glasses of tropical cocktails or frosty, thirst-quenching beers.