Happy Bowl Asian Restaurant's spice-slinging chefs match a menu of classic Thai dishes with a casual BYOB policy. Amid seven curry selections swims the sweetly spiced salmon ($10.95) sailing through torrents of broccoli, bell peppers, and basil. Combination platters, such as chinese broccoli with crispy pork ($7.95) or beef in savory oyster sauce ($7.95) share plate space and spicy secrets with a choice of fried or steamed rice and a crunchy egg roll. Midday noshers can slurp up lunch-size portions of spicy basil noodle ($5.99) or comforting pad see ew ($5.99) before returning to less-delicious duties elsewhere.
The executive chef at Imperia emblazons an Asian menu full of fresh seafood and ingredients with a personal flair that has amassed seven Austin Chronicle reader accolades. Inside the stylish urban restaurant, pendant lights illuminate a marble bar winding past Asian decor, and cool slabs of bluefin sashimi stretch out on platters in the arms of attentive servers. Candles flicker across tables, as guests enjoy three-course omakase meals creatively orchestrated and handcrafted by the chef and catapulted directly into awaiting mouths.
The agile hands at Dragon Gate by Phoenix forge an array of pan-Asian classics, including ranks of meticulously rolled maki. Edamame project their delicate soy aromas, and diners tuck into such sushi rolls as the Maguro Dynasty roll, which cloaks a shrimp-tempura core in fresh tuna and caviar. Unagi, cucumber, and fresh salmon combine their palate-pleasing forces in the Tiffany roll, and the Volcano roll rolls onto taste buds with a flavorful magma of spicy baked crab, avocado, and cucumber. Chefs eschew convention like a finger-painting Leonardo da Vinci by baking california rolls and sheathing them in salmon to form the Lion King roll. Dark wooden furnishings reflect the dining room's intimate lighting, and Asian artwork adorns the walls near a teppanyaki and sushi bar for patrons eager to test Dragon Gate's culinary masterminds with knock-knock jokes.
Masala Wok's menu features new Asian, Indian, and Indian-inspired Chinese flavors. Accompany your stomach's journey down the Spice Road with an appetizer of chicken lollipops––wings with a twist ($3.99 for four, $7.49 for eight)––before choosing your favorite flavor corner of the East with a main course. Try a subcontinental delicacy such as the spicy southern curry (fish, shrimp, chicken, lamb, or paneer in a mustard-coconut curry with red peppers and curry leaves, $8.49), or head for steamy southeast Asian environs with the spicy basil plate ($7.99 for chicken, $8.25 paneer, $9 shrimp or fish). Lock lips with the orange chicken, stir fried with scallions and carrots in orange sauce ($7.99 for chicken, $8.25 paneer, $9 shrimp or fish), or skewer your stomach's overwhelming sense of emptiness with a chicken malai kabob—yogurt-marinated boneless chicken kabobs grilled with cheese, spices, and cilantro and served with rice and naan ($8.49).
The chefs at Jade Dragon picked up a number of tricks in their homeland of Hong Kong. This explains why their fried shrimp is so delightfully crispy, why their tofu is always steamed to perfection, and why their hot-and-sour soup strikes a perfect balance between its flavors. Jade Dragon doesn’t stick to food from Hong Kong, however. Many of the restaurant’s most popular dishes hail from the mainland, such as the savory lo mein noodles and fiery Szechuan beef. Added doses of authenticity come from the vivid Asian artwork on the dining room’s walls and the actual dragon that fuels the kitchen’s ovens.
Joe Chow immigrated to America from his native Taiwan in 1979. He set down roots in Addison, where he eventually made a name for himself as the city's mayor and the owner of May Dragon. In the kitchen, his veteran chef Mr. Phung concocts more than 130 dishes using all-natural ingredients, only small amounts of oil, and no MSG. The menu's resulting bounty of Peking-style slow-roasted pork, five-flavor shrimp, and crispy duck inspires loyal regulars and a cavalcade of celebrities, including culinary star Martin Yan and martial-arts expert Chuck Norris, to frequently stop in for an authentic meal.
When not at work meeting with constituents or willing laws into existence, Joe proudly oversees his establishment as an embodiment of the American dream, inspiring patrons to follow their own desires, ensnare them, and keep them as pets. He warmly greets visitors with friendly hellos and attentive service and encourages his staff to treat guests with the same infectious hospitality. The restaurant itself exudes a warm, welcoming atmosphere, with Chinese artwork lining the walls and luxurious amenities?such as a separate banquet room with massage chairs and karaoke machines?populating the refined, architect-designed space.