Te Kei’s takes its name from the Chinese words for special guest, reflecting the restaurant’s efforts to make guests feel at home. Inside the dining room, situated in a building marked by an angular stone tower and a vine-draped terrace, guests lounge in red upholstered booths as they tweezer their chopsticks around sushi medleys of yellowfin tuna, tempura shrimp, and eel. Classic Asian dishes such as general tso’s chicken and mongolian beef also grace the menu, along with new menu items, such as a burger perfected in August of 2012 after the chef spent years selflessly taste-testing local varietals.
The restaurant’s lengthy drink list offers more than two dozen red and white wines to pair with entrees, as well as plum wine and Asian beers such as Asahi and Sapporo. A gluten-free menu accommodates dietary restrictions with rice bowls, sushi, and salads. While patrons savor sweet mustard sauces and pan-blackened chilis, they can admire the dining room’s ornately carved wooden paneling or the decorative vases tucked in stone alcoves.
Though Lasamee Xiong and her husband Thoa have owned restaurants in Minnesota, Michigan, and Oklahoma, their native land will always be Thailand, according to Tulsa World. With their son Saya at the kitchen's helm, they continue to serve up their homeland's cuisine in the quaint 30-person dining room at Thai Garden. Although Thai fare is the primary focus, the 30-item menu also includes Vietnamese and Chinese selections—many accentuated by spices and herbs directly from Thailand.
To the soft rhythms of Southeast Asian music, green and maroon laminate tables populate with steaming soups, traditional pad thai, and chicken and beef in sweet curry and sichuan sauces. Though fork and knife are the primary utensils at Thai Garden, chopsticks are also available upon request.
The chefs at Kang’s Asian Bistro work to bring new things to diners, drawing upon ingredients such as masago, a type of roe, as well as tempura flakes and grass-hued dollops of wasabi. To further this effort, the eatery’s Nyotaimori Nights, featured on News 9, include rolls served atop a scantily clad model.
A full-wall scrim printed with a photorealistic cityscape scene casts curlicues of neon across noodle bowls that sit on tables gleaming with the same deep crimson as a cardinal discovering it is not the state bird. Behind a black lacquered bar, ranks of liquor and wine bottles glow in silhouette before backlighting. Waiters arrive at tables, arms stacked with chicken and beef in sauces forged from lemongrass, thai basil, and garlic. They also serve sushi rolls filled with morsels of shrimp, crab, and tuna.
Grand House China Bistro's Chinese chefs utilize the original Cantonese style of high-heat wok cooking to lock in flavor and entrance taste buds. The varied menu lets diners pay tribute to poultry military heroes thanks to the General Tso's chicken ($8.95) or cast out nets for the sizzling pacific lobster tail, its marine bounty stir-fried with pine nuts and ginger sauce ($25.95). Meanwhile, sushi platters such as the chirachi dinner huddle 12 pieces of sashimi together for a politically correct bedtime story atop a pillowy bed of rice ($16).
Staffers match their dish suggestions to each diner’s unique palate at China Wok, an eatery serving up Chinese cuisine in entrees, family-style dinners, and bottomless buffets. The kitchen crafts staple entrees such as sweet-and-sour pork, lemon chicken, and moo-shu shrimp, served with four savory pancakes. Family-style three-course meals of soup, appetizers, and one entree per person can be shared among groups or fed exclusively to the smartest child at the table. Alternatively, a range of steaming main courses, salad options, and ice creams fleshes out the bottomless lunch and dinner buffets, which fuse into an all-day super-buffet on Sundays.
Diners at Golden Phoenix Bistro are presented with an array of appetizing Asian cuisine. From noodles to rice, the menu offers healthier alternatives and encompasses the classic flavors of Korean, Chinese, and Vietnamese dishes. And though the dishes are plentiful, they are cooked with care. That same eye for detail extends to the decor as well—sleek furnishings accent the dining room, while televisions are set into the bathrooms' mirrors so guests can recreate the hairstyles of their favorite newscasters.