Omoto Garden brings a bit of international flair to Abington with its spread of Japanese and Chinese fusion cuisine. In addition to sashimi, sushi rolls, and noodle dishes, chefs craft a number of house specials. They combine shrimp and scallops in a spicy brown sauce to create an entree dubbed the Imperial Couple, and they deep-fry slices of tender steak to create a crispy beef dish. On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings, Omoto surrounds these feasts with a karaoke chorus, as patrons belt out popular songs and sign autographs for their invisible fans.
Probably because its menu is so diverse and extensive, Feng Shui Restaurant isn't shy about suggesting what guests should order. The five-page menu, which includes a melding of Chinese and Japanese cuisine, has the phrase "Must Try!" printed next to several dishes, including deep-fried crispy prawns seasoned with the chef's signature spice blend. Should patrons choose to stray from these favorites, however, it's unlikely they'll be dissatisfied: Feng Shui was once selected as the city's best restaurant by Boston Magazine, and in 2010 was named one of the country's Top 100 Asian restaurants by Chinese Restaurant News.
Feng Shui could feasibly claim three specialties: Chinese entrees, hibachi, and sushi. The house crispy duck is a popular Chinese dish, a boneless cut that's rolled in pastry batter before being deep-fried and paired with fresh veggies. At the hibachi tables, chefs use a rice-bran cooking oil, which is free of trans fats, to sear each guest's choice of protein and veggies. On the sushi menu, chefs might eschew the typical rice or seaweed packaging found around most rolls, as in the Gold Fish roll, which instead wraps its tempura-avocado-eel contents with thin cuts of shrimp and salmon. With such a wide range of options, it's understandable that patrons would want to try a bit of everything. Luckily, there's a buffet lunch Monday–Saturday and for Sunday dinner, which includes a spread of more than 30 entrees, soups, sushi rolls, and desserts.
Asia Palace introduces its guests to no shortage of options. The South Weymouth establishment's food selection features nearly 20 categories—making the menu read like a who's who of Chinese cuisine. There's the health-food section, which boasts a variety of steamed dishes, and the house specials section, which simmers with spicy creations. The house-special Dragon and Phoenix fuses two dishes into one with sizzling chunks of shrimp and chicken. The menu also includes entrees designed to share. The Pu Pu platter, for instance, lets diners sample seven distinct foods before taking leftovers home to the hungry minivan.
There’s nothing old-fashioned about Asia Grill & Sushi’s dining room, with its curved bar area bathed in neon light and its ceiling speckled with orbicular chandeliers. Flat-screen TVs dominate patches of wall, allowing diners to catch up on the latest news or watch local sports. Fittingly, the restaurant’s specialty rolls are also quite modern and sports-themed. One of many team-named options on the roster, the Patriots roll is filled with lobster, cucumber, and avocado before being covered with two types of tuna, tobiko, sweet sauce, and spicy mayo. Meals also emerge from steamy woks, including sirloin steak that’s glazed with a flaming black-pepper wine sauce. Other entrees include crispy tender peking duck and lobster cooked with black-bean or tamarind sauce.
Named a Top 100 Overall Excellence winner at the Top 100 Chinese Restaurants Awards Show, Shanghai Gardens' fiery woks beget a diverse array of traditional Asian cuisine. Szechuan, Shanghai, and Cantonese recipes suffuse sizzling meat and vegetarian dishes with powerful flavor as sushi artisans craft delicate maki and sashimi selections. The dining room accents its marigold walls with framed art and decorative checkered flooring as bartenders mix Polynesian-style cocktails atop the lounge's sleek curved bar, adding a tropical element to Asian cuisine, such as stir-frying on a steel drum.
At Quincy Dynasty, chefs prepare classic Chinese-American dishes using fresh, natural ingredients. Bright-green scallions and crisp cilantro balance fragrant star anise and black pepper in offerings such as sesame chicken and moo goo gai pan. Specialty plates include chicken steak in black pepper sauce, sauteed orange-flavored beef, and shrimp with ginger and scallion. Diners enjoy these creations in a spacious room trimmed in dark wood and adorned with tasteful touches such as bamboo plants and a statue of two dragons fighting over a pair of chopsticks.