Clad in a red cap and a white uniform, Siam First’s Chef Derm traces the surface of ginger root, lemongrass, and a chili pepper, expounding upon their health benefits on TV Diner. Ginger root is good for heartburn, and chili pepper helps digestion, he remarks, before showing his Thai twist on a New England favorite—Maine lobster.
Beneath Siam First’s gabled roof, Chef Derm and his team crank out Thai specialties that mingle local ingredients such as Maine lobster with spices and herbs imported directly from the land of smiles. Below small, hanging lights and glowing wall sconces, tables populate with duck and snapper in thai basil, mango curry, and garlic-ginger sauces. While noshing on dumplings or crab rangoon, guests can peek into Siam's giant aquarium, rife with fish, green plants, and Jacques Cousteau’s long-lost car keys.
With names like "Red Hot Chili Pepper," "Moves Like Jagger," and "Rolling in the Deep," the specialty sushi rolls listed on Monkey Bar Johnny Thai Bistro's menu affirms its staff members' silly side. They channel this sense of humor into their creative takes on traditional Asian food. For example, the Big Red roll layers tempura shrimp with ten slices of tuna, while the Lady Gaga roll bowls over patrons with salmon and tuna that is tempura-fried, just like its namesake's outfit at the last red-carpet event. Traditional dishes such as General Tso's chicken and teriyaki plates can be ordered, but dishes such as Hawaii 5-O, which mixes chicken, beef, shrimp, scallops, and lobster, are a hallmark of the kitchen staff's inventive style.
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As the chefs at Gourmet Garden Restaurant prepare a sweeping variety of Asian fusion dishes, they do so with an eye toward nutrition. When they crack open the pantry, they reach for whole, natural ingredients rather than MSG or trans fats. For instance, chefs complete sushi rolls with sugar-free akai rice that contains 56 times the fiber content of regular rice or standard tissue boxes. They also accommodate dietary restrictions by eliminating gluten, oil, and sauces from select dishes.
Aside from these health-centric dishes, cooks craft traditional items such as shanghai boneless duck, sesame chicken, and grilled salmon teriyaki. Sushi chefs create maki in cooked and uncooked varieties that mimic the flavors of culinary regions such as Hawaii, Boston, and Alaska, as well as low-carb options rolled in mandolin-cut cucumber ribbons. Chefs tuck these items into a luncheon buffet on Wednesday, Thursdays, and Friday, and the restaurant adds entertainment to the equation with in-house karaoke on Saturday night.
The executive chef at Zendo Asian Bistro & Lounge flavors the menu's Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, and Thai dishes with 25 years of Far Eastern culinary expertise. Moo shu pancakes swaddle roasted peking duck, cucumber, scallions, and hoisin sauce ($22 for half) as lemongrass and chili rain down on a flavorful fillet of pan-seared tofu ($18). Servers deliver the sizzling Thai sirloin steak ($25) with a side of noise-canceling headphones, grilled veggies, and spicy gravy, and top tables with plates of grilled salmon on mein, coated in spicy tomato sauce and cilantro ($22). Diners can dock the sushi boat for two ($46), whose manifest includes an artistically arranged assortment of nigiri, sashimi, and maki passengers.