Red Tea House peppers palates with an amalgam of Asian flavors with a menu of Chinese specialties and freshly bundled sushi options. While skilled maki chefs manipulate scallops, salmon, and yellowtail into intricate rolls, diners wrap their own morsels of classic peking duck and mu-shu pork in delicate, steaming crepes. Seven days a week, patrons can stop in for a dumpling appetizer, or savor Asian fare at home with complimentary delivery in order to effectively discipline a misbehaving wok.
The chefs at Taipei bridge the gap between two of Asia’s superpowers, plating Chinese favorites from Taipei duck to general tso’s chicken alongside delicately rolled Japanese sushi specialties. Although their menu is built upon a pair of thousand-year-old culinary traditions, they also understand the value of a speedy bite; each day, they arrange a selection of favorites such as the moo goo gai pan into fast, tasty lunches paired rice, egg rolls, soup, and your own personal fast-forward button.
Most chefs get stage fright when customers are watching, but the fearless artisans at Ichiban Hibachi Steakhouse & Sushi Bar concoct intricate Japanese dishes in plain view—either at tableside grills or just behind the sushi bar proper. Their collection of specialty maki exudes creativity and playfulness, from the deep-fried Godzilla roll with tuna, salmon, white fish, and crab meat to the Rainbow roll with fresh fish, avocado, and two wishes. Complete hibachi dinners satisfy hearty appetites and short attention spans with a choice of protein alongside soup, salad, vegetable, rice, and noodles—all prepared amusingly right at the table. Each location sports sleek and modern décor with accents such as bamboo walls or a back-lit bar glowing in chic blue or red tones.
Centuries ago, Japanese fisherman couldn't wait to get off the boat to eat some of their fresh catch, so they built grills on the boats to cook their fish slowly over an open flame. The chefs at DragonFire Japanese Steakhouse continue this tradition, searing seafood, vegetables, and meats over oak charcoal and paying as much attention to the grill as one normally pays to a pregnant British princess. Diners gather around the robata grill to witness the chefs sear scallops and steak coated in savory marinades.
They also gather around teppanyaki grills for hibachi meals, which chefs prepare while tossing morsels of food into the air. Or, diners can perch at the sushi bar and watch sushi chefs wrap seaweed and sticky rice around fish and vegetables.
The cooks at Misaki Sushi and Seafood Buffet pair a menu of Pan-Asian entrees and sushi with an expansive buffet that blends Asian cuisine with Western favorites. They frequently replenish the buffet with fresh sushi, wood-oven pizzas, and pastas, artfully arranging the dishes beneath spotlights. They prepare à la carte options with equal care, whether curling tuna slices into maki rolls or frying flat rice noodles for pad thai or delicious shoelaces.
Pho Van's large kitchen conjures a menu packed with authentic Vietnamese noodle soups, appetizers, and family-style meals. A starter of banh bot loc, pork- and shrimp-filled Vietnamese dumplings wrapped in banana leaves ($5), or cha gio, crispy rolls served with a chili-garlic dipping sauce ($4) sets palates to their spicy-jungle settings in time for a bowl of pho ($7–$9), a Vietnamese staple that lets a range of beef, rice noodles, earthy basil, and tangy lime go skinny-dipping in a pool of made-from-scratch beef stock. Those who eschew broth will prefer to mouth surf the goi du du, a salty band of shrimp or beef jerky atop a bed of shredded green papaya and tucked under blankets of crushed peanuts and mint ($4). Fresh coconut juice ($3) helps soothe spice-stung throats, and the fruit smoothies with black tapioca pearls come in three refreshing flavors: avocado, jack fruit, and durian ($4 all). A custard dessert of banh flan ($4) adorned with fried bananas and coconut milk finishes the feast on a sweet note, unlike the shockingly gory original ending to The Sound of Music. Pho Van's BYOB policy and convenient location make it an apropos backdrop for a spicy night of revelry, a quick lunch, or a first date with a mannequin-come-to-life.
The skilled chefs at Thai Foon wrangle runaway appetites with delicacies from countries such as Thailand, Korea, and Vietnam. Whipped up with your choice of chicken, beef, or shrimp, signature dishes such as lemongrass stir-fry and spicy basil with bamboo shoots sate hunger while entertaining bored taste buds with a beautiful song about being eaten ($6.95–$7.95). Pad thai elevates diners to savory heights before safely drifting back to earth on a parachute held together by rice noodles and bean sprouts. Red, green, and yellow curries, on the other hand, prefer to lure patrons into a sweet, saucy trap before pelting them with carrots, bell peppers, and pineapple chunks. Bask in the warm glow of a thai curry noodles plate fortified with your favorite meat, or dig into a pile of house fried rice, grabbing forkful after forkful of minced Thai-style sausage, chicken, shrimp, beef, and lime-spritzed veggies ($8.95).