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.
Peony Chinese Restaurant prides itself not only on its authentic Chinese feasts of shredded pork, spicy eggplant, and chicken in savory sauce, but its commitment to health. Chefs whip up meals with fresh veggies and light oils, cooking at high heat to lock in flavor while preserving nutrients, vitamins, and superpowers, and they even cook MSG-free meals on request. Guests savor house specialties of shredded roast duck with scallions or fillet of sole with fried tofu, or they sink their teeth into lunches of twice-cooked pork and spicy kung pao chicken. Soothing, salmon-colored walls surround a 50-seat dining area bedecked with dark-hardwood booths and framed portraits of the gorgeous peony flower that gives the restaurant its name.
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.
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.
China Inn's menu is like a gustatory balloon ride over China, exploring different regions and culinary traditions to gain an understanding of the country's myriad subcultures. Cantonese-style dishes, such as sautéed lobster with a garden-fresh medley of snow peas, bamboo shoots, and water chestnuts, demonstrate favoritism for veggies, whereas the Sichuan and Hunan entrees re-create those cultures’ characteristic spices and chilies with incendiary sauces. Mu shi, a traditional Mandarin dish, presents diners with pork, shrimp, or beef and vegetables as well as four Chinese pancakes to scoop up and wrap each bite or envelop a love note to a date.
In contrast to the complexly assembled menu of pan-regional specialties, China Inn's dining room embraces a more elegant simplicity. The airy space features a large, central skylight that allows ample sunshine to wash over tables and plates. Chinese pottery adds a distinctive and authentic touch to the decor, whereas leafy plants create a calming, natural ambiance and an ample supply of oxygen to last through the dinner rush.
Bistro Chi presents an upscale take on Chinese cooking, engrossing diners with a page-turning menu of authentic recipes. Dabble in the selection of rice and noodle dishes, including vegetarian fried rice or Singapore street–style vermicelli ($9 each), which fends off quarrelsome forks with a well-placed dis. The beige-and-white modern dining room is offset with the sweet-and-sour spare ribs, splattered with a spectrum of peppers, onions, and pineapples ($12).
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.