A sleek, black elephant statue overlooks the dining room, its trunk raised in a silent trumpet of approval, or perhaps to catch whiffs of the fragrant Indian, Tibetan, and Indo-Nepalese foods filing out from the kitchen. Inside, surrounded by traditional tandoori clay ovens and simmering pots of lentils, a chef backed by 20 years of experience imbues each dish with a blend of traditional spices. He stuffs flaky, savory pastries known as chaat with beans, yogurt, and chutneys, and sprinkles pinches of curry powder into pans of lamb and vegetables. During lunchtime, waiters ferry massive trays of the chef's eats to the buffet, where diners can load plates with enough vegetable masala to make a perfect sauce-angel.
With multiple varieties at each location, there are enough options to pleasantly coat any mozzarella-covered tongue in tasty toppings. Veggie fans will appreciate the veggie supreme, dotted with mushrooms, green peppers, onions, black olives, and tomatoes. For feasters who can't decide between this or that, the super combo comes stocked from crust to crust with Canadian bacon, pepperoni, mushrooms, onion, black olives, and extra cheese. Offerings vary by location, so consult the menu at your nearest location before ordering.
At Ooka Sushi, the chefs satisfy practically any Asian-cuisine craving, not just those for artfully prepared and presented sushi and sashimi. They also slow cook broccoli and bell peppers in a thick Thai peanut curry, marinate duck meat in Chinese fire spices and fry it to a golden crisp, and deep fry shrimp in tempura batter.
Though their backgrounds may differ, Green Leaf Massage Center's certified therapists share a passion for improving their clients’ health and wellness through massage. Owner Danette Siravo sets a sterling example for her staff of four to follow, routinely attending continuing-education classes to bolster her therapy skills and learn modalities that range from acupuncture to cancer and mastectomy massage.
Inside private treatment rooms, the therapists rely on 100% organic lotions to bolster the effectiveness of sports, hot-stone, relaxation, therapeutic, and deep-tissue massages. Aromatherapy add-ons further awaken the senses with the comforting scents of tangerine, lemongrass, sandalwood, and homemade fried chicken.
Its chefs may specialize in the cuisine of China's Hunan region, but according to Metromix Denver, "Pearl Wok knows what Coloradans like." Patrons eagerly share platters of glistening general tso's chicken, wrap mu-shu pork in savory pancakes, and inhale the fragrance of coffee-smoked duck before deliberating over which type of donut would best sop up its juices. Chefs also sear scallops and shrimp on sizzling hot plates and ladle vegetables over crispy, pan-fried, and boiled noodles. Drinks that range from creamy thai iced tea to the sweet Singapore Sling cocktail punctuate meals with flavor, and then desserts such as strawberry fried cheesecake or red bean ice cream neutralize palates with sweetness.