Chefs at Friendship Chinese Restaurant forge their pan-Chinese and Japanese dishes with an intense pride and dedication to the tradition of well-crafted cuisine. New menu additions include ginger-bacon crusted fresh cod, seafood havarti maki, and grilled mongolian beef with asparagus and rosemary oil. The eatery’s authentic tastes and modern twists are available for delivery as well as dine-in eating amid the dining room’s dark hardwood decor and rows of Buddha-head statues.
Stepping inside Chef Shangri-La's dining room is like entering a distant tropical trading post. Thatched awnings, woven ceilings, and palm fronds flank Polynesian masks and Easter Island statues while scents of Chinese, Thai, and Japanese cuisine waft with Polynesian aromas from mango- and pineapple-covered meats, barbecue char siu, and spicy sichuan stir-fries. Rock walls and fountains line a tucked-away koi pond, and a separate tiki bar urges guests to while away the hours sipping tropical drinks outfitted with tiny umbrellas that belong to tiny British nannies. As guests sup on meals of japanese noodle soup and tropical pua'a pork, the stage area regales diners with live Hawaiian bands every third Saturday of the month and annual music fests and luaus with DJs, dancers, and Polynesian collectables.
Since 1980, Golden Wok Restaurant's chefs have used zero-trans-fat vegetable oils while preparing spice-filled Cantonese and Mandarin cuisine. At dinner, the restaurant's tables fill with dishes of sizzling barbecue pork egg foo young, chow mein and lo mein, and Cantonese–style lobster tails.
Wok 'n Fire—named Best Asian Restaurant by West Suburban Living—tantalizes taste buds with a menu bursting with flavors from Chinese, Japanese, Thai, and other Asian cuisines. In their specialties, chefs sear seafood, steak, and chicken with complex flavors in the wok. They craft sashimi and specialty maki rolls, as well as twirling together noodle dishes that range from japanese udon to thai curry noodles and the cantonese noodles used in ancient tugs of war between provinces. Ginger ale and flavored lemonades, both crafted in-house, hydrate throats between bites.
Decor varies across the Asian bistro's locations throughout the western suburbs, but all share dramatic lighting, sleek hardwood floors, and smooth wooden seating that all obey one gravitational constant. Sophisticated accents pervade each location, such as dangling lights that recall bells, sinuous golden dragons undulating across a wall, and partitions that mimic an abacus or twined branches.
From Korean kimchi to Vietnamese noodles, Thee Asian Restaurant lassos the culinary aesthetics of multiple cultures into a comprehensive menu of Asian-fusion fare. Crispy appetizers such as egg rolls and fried shrimp segue into rice bowls and steaming noodle dishes, each highlighted with a choice of veggies, chicken, beef, or seafood offerings such as sea eel. Frozen fruit drinks temper the spice of green-curry dishes and foster fruity rushes without the sting of belly-flopping into a pool of applesauce.