Beginning with the time-honored flavors of traditional South Asian cuisine, Bawarchi Indian Cuisine Restaurant's chefs create accessible dishes that represent the culinary traditions of India. Their selection of crepe-like dosas draws inspiration from the southern portions of the country, as evidenced by the mysore masla dosa, lined with spicy chutney and stuffed with vegetables cooked in southern Indian spices. As a demonstration of their commitment to northern cooking techniques, the chefs roast everything from lamb and chicken to shrimp and salmon inside a clay tandoor oven. The chefs even look to the Indo-Chinese border when creating dishes such as the cauliflower fritters cooked in spicy manchurian sauce.
The tantalizing smells of chicken simmering in a savory sauce or buttery lobster hit the nose before guests can fully discern where the aromas originate. They might be coming from a plate of chicken slathered with black-bean or garlic sauce or lobster buried in lo mein or fried rice. These are just some of the dishes New China Restaurant’s chefs whip up alongside classic favorites such as general tso’s chicken and mongolian beef, as well as shrimp prepared eight different ways.
Stephanie, founder of Stephanie’s Sweet Imaginations, combines her love for the arts with her love for baking when she crafts custom cakes. Though she specializes in coating layers of cake with smooth fondant and hand-painted designs, Stephanie also bakes cupcakes crowned with buttercream and candies.
At the recently opened Falafel House, chefs use fresh ingredients and original recipes to handcraft a menu of Lebanese-style cuisine. They transform chickpeas into daily batches of hummus and employ halal meats in signature dishes such as charbroiled-lamb shish kebab or the kafta kabob sandwich with minced sirloin, onions, and parsley. In addition to welcoming diners at their cheerful yellow-and-green storefront, the crew adds Middle Eastern flavor to family gatherings with catering services and Village People routines sung in Arabic.
Sa Bai Dee was named “Best Thai Restaurant in the Suburbs” by Philadelphia Magazine in 2012 for its “reliable and fiery” Thai dishes. Specialties include steamed whole fish and tom zap soup, a.k.a. stewed meat in a hot-and-sour broth.
The titular baker of Allison's Cups and Cakes molds red velvet, carrot, or other cake flavors into custom confections bedecked in bright fondant. From specialty cakes shaped like Princess Belle to novelty confections that mimic Louis Vuitton purses, her unique sweets add humor and color to the tables of birthday gatherings or wedding receptions. Rich buttercream frosting tops dainty cupcakes for a finishing touch or slips between layers of cake to break up fights over which one is moister.