From its quiet corner on North Sussex Street, The Laughing Lion stands as a beacon beckoning diners to come enjoy gastropub fare inside newly renovated bar and dining areas. Hanging lights illuminate walls clad in flat-screen TVs, artwork, and the portrait of a lion who, though he isn't laughing, probably thinks giraffes look hilarious. For a more intimate dining experience, the Blue room gives groups private, personalized service during nights on the town or special occasions. Live entertainment—from bands and DJs to standup comedians—fills the space with music and laughs on select nights throughout the week.
Aashirwad Palace & Martini Lounge’s gastronomic alchemists transmute the recipes and ingredients of subcontinental cooking to timelessly flavorful Indian dishes. Culinary adventures begin with bites from one of more than 20 appetizers such as the the chicken pakora’s spicy garlic-laced fritters or the Paneer Tika Sizzler’s homemade cheese-and-tandoori masala marinade. Entrees run the gamut of mealtime matter, ranging from vegetarian chana masala to spinach-packed lamb saag. A mild yogurt sauce and fresh coriander envelop the boneless-chicken korma, while the shrimp baigan's baked eggplant sizzles in a blend of herbs, spices, and fire-breathing shellfish. A dried-fruit garnish tops the navaratan korma, buttressed by mixed vegetables in a rich sauce made from members of the leafiest food groups. Grapes get tipsy in two glasses of wine, which quench throats and ably complements dishes.
Aromas of lamb simmering in curry and yogurt-marinated shrimp cooking in traditional clay ovens waft through the dining room of the aptly named Indian Aroma. Guests dig into vegetarian appetizers and entrees, such as paneer pakora––housemade indian cheese fritters and eggplant baked with herbs and spices––and enjoy tender lamb and goat entrees seasoned with rich indian spices. Chafing dishes line the stone-topped counters of the buffet area where diners may fill plates with fresh-baked naan and basmati rice before adjourning to tables by the flickering fireplace. The modern, minimalist decor is a contrast to the traditional Indian cuisine, with lacquered tables, a wood-paneled floor, and a wrought-iron-chandelier centerpiece that habitually reads over diners' shoulders.
Decorative bottles of olive oil perch atop Anna Marie’s display case filled with freshly-baked pizzas, lending a rustic Italian air to the cozy trattoria. Cooks crown these specialty pies and calzones with spinach, Bermuda onions, pepperoni, and hot cherry peppers, as well as whip up colorful plates of veal marsala and chicken or eggplant parmesan. They also crafts more than two dozen gourmet sandwiches named for celebrities, such as the Joe Pesci with roast beef, turkey, ham, and cole slaw, and the Michelangelo, whose recipe consisting of fresh mozzarella, arugula, and tomatoes is painstakingly painted on the ceiling.
We make all of their own dressings, soups & sauces and Mozzarella by hand. Mozzarella Sticks are made from Fresh Mozzarella. Spedini, mozzarella sandwiched between ciabatta bread and served with anchovy or marinara sauce. Entrées include hard to find traditional items like Beef or Pork Braciole & Osso Bucco.
Midori Japanese Restaurant's experienced staff has been broadening culinary horizons for more than 20 years. The talented sushi chefs craft fresh scallops, smoked salmon, and eel into more than 70 specialty rolls under the watchful eyes of guests who dine at the sushi bar. Beyond the dining room's ornate paper lanterns and crystalline chandeliers, an unseen kitchen crew concocts crispy tempura, comforting bowls of udon noodle soup, and sweet teriyaki entrees to round out the extensive menu. Thanks to Midori's BYOB policy and evolution's gift of opposable thumbs, diners can carry in their own libations.
Farm 2 Bistro specializes in hot, steaming platters of the freshest comestibles, with seasonal ingredients sourced solely from local farms and markets. As the sun dips below the horizon, the thoughtfully arranged dinner menu unleashes an eclectic home-cooked avalanche of fish, ribs, and chicken dishes. Quiet tummy grumbles with an appetizer of crab-meat-stuffed mushrooms ($10), or go straight for an entree of shepherd's pie ($15), freshly mashed potatoes over seasoned peas and beef. A different vegetarian dish rolls onto the menu each time the season changes.