The culinary whizzes at Manohar's Delhi Palace craft a menu bursting at the seams with piquant plates spiced to diners' specifications. Dive tongue-first into starters such as samosas ($2.95) and spring rolls ($1.59) before digging finger forks into a chicken shish kebab, skewered and roasted like a Friars Club comedian in the tandoori grill ($11.95). Entrees such as the matar paneer ($9.95), a mélange of fresh cheese and peas, and the lamb-centric rogan josh ($12.95) can be prepared according to patrons' preferred intensity of spice, and traditional accompaniments of naan and aromatic plain rice ($2.95) silence plates' cries for grainy companionship. Vegetarians can also take pleasure in various un-meated meals, which spotlight vegetables like the fluorescent bulbs lining produce cases never dared to replicate.
The raw ingredients that RJ Chinese Kitchen's staff uses to craft its classic Chinese-American cuisine is delivered twice a week to guarantee freshness. That's not the only straight-forward approach they take to food, either. Customers first choose whether they want rice or noodles as a side before selecting one of the beef or chicken entrees, all of which need no MSG or pixie dust to enhance their flavor.
Glowing with the warmth of thousands of contented sighs, the Royal Health Spa in Hacienda Heights offers a half a hundred ways to forget about your worries. Reds and golds dominate this sanctuary of serenity, which treats clients to steam rooms, saunas, and three temperature tubs. Elsewhere in the hideaway guests can kick back in the VIP lounge, or nibble treats from the fruit and snack bar.
Sister spa Sakura ups the ante with soothing massage and aromatherapy services to complement the steam sauna. Here, an assortment of thick carpets, bamboo wall fixtures, and hanging greenery completes the tropical feel. A San Gabriel Valley fixture for more than 20 years, Sakura Health Spa heals guests with uncommonly intense massages such as the Four Hands and the Lava Stone.
The leaf-savvy baristas at Tenju Tea House craft a variety of tea and tea-fusion beverages steeped to order with loose tea leaves hailing from around the world. Black, green, herbal, and other specialty blends release their aromatic flavors beneath steaming pours of water, infusing libations such as milk teas, iced teas, and traditional hot concoctions with natural ingredients that bolster health like a romantic jacuzzi session with a beloved multivitamin. Toasty bagel sandwiches, hot dogs, and savory Japanese snacks fill out the café's menu, each made to order for noshing on the go or while surfing the free WiFi from an array of Asian-inspired seating.