Beginning with japanese culinary techniques and thai flavors, Sushi Cafe's chefs create innovative fusion cuisine with Eastern as well as Western touches. Traditional sushi rolls with spicy tuna or tempura lobster tail appear along with more imaginative options, which can feature seared new york strip steak, sweet-chili vinaigrette, or strawberry purée. Although the chefs fly in bigeye tuna from Hawaii and sockeye salmon from Alaska, they also supply flavors from farther across the Pacific. Sweet-potato fries accompany panko-crusted red snapper to create an inventive take on fish ‘n’ chips, and steamed mussels arrive in a creamy, sake-spiked broth.
Mimicking the eclecticism of the menu, the dining room features everything from bamboo stalks and a sumo-wrestler statuette on the sushi bar to pop-art portraits of Marilyn Monroe along its lemon-yellow walls. The decor also helps create a thoroughly modern ambiance with its track lighting, flat-screen televisions, and hovering tabletops.
Curry in a Hurry invites hungry guests to slow down and taste from an ample menu of classic Indian cuisine. The vibrant menu presents a range of colorful dishes, many of which roast in a clay tandoor oven to achieve their ideal level of succulence—chunks of lamb and beef kebab, to name just two. This eatery—like King Edward the Confessor—is named after its core competency, but it also barbecues many of its cuisines. Mounds of tomato curry can join plates already bursting with lentils, potatoes, or cauliflower. The kitchen team also dresses many of its creations in thoughtful combinations of exotic spices, and their naan adorned with garlic or spinach can complement any entree.
Whether customers want to relax at the bar after work or enjoy a night out with friends, Next Bistro and Bar accommodates patrons with a host of cocktails and wines and small, shareable tapas-style plates. On the menu, sliders are lined with pulled pork, beer-battered chicken, or gouda and caramelized onions, while dips and hummus sate the natural human urge to jab things with chips. Behind the bar, cocktail slingers shake and stir specialty martinis and pour wines by the glass.
Quality cuts of meat and freshly prepared seafood fill the pages of SBiP's upscale dinner menu. Kick off feasts with a carpaccio appetizer ($10), which beckons eaters with beef tenderloin and capers topped in a cap of horseradish cream and blue-cheese crumbles mined from deep inside the Earth's dairy core. In the kitchen, chefs roast semi-boneless duck ($17) and fresh salmon on a cedar plank ($17), and pound chicken cutlets, sauté the tender morsels until golden brown, and then drizzle them in lemon-caper beurre blanc for a flavorful piccata ($18). Each entree arrives at tables alongside an entourage of vegetables as well as a choice of potatoes or rice, which guests can devour amid exposed-brick walls and the sounds of live, local jazz and blues music on Fridays and Saturdays, or their stomachs' harmonized growls every night of the week.
When he cofounded his first sandwich shop in 1965, 17-year-old Fred DeLuca planned to use his profits to pay his way through medical school. But the combination of quality ingredients and friendly service at the shop—then called Pete's Subway—proved so popular that nine years later, he and his partner found themselves in charge of 16 locations across Connecticut, and Fred left behind his doctoring plans for a career in business.
Today, Subway boasts more than 34,000 locations around the world—almost as many shops as there are sightings of Elvis buying cold cuts. At each location, staffers pile sliced ham, marinara-slathered meatballs, and other fillings into halved loaves of bread before customizing handhelds with tomatoes, shredded lettuce, and other healthy toppings plucked from chilled containers behind the counter. Salads free crisp veggies from bread's overprotective embrace, and crunchy baked chips or apple slices accompany entrees to tables. Subway’s website also facilitates health-conscious eating by listing each item's nutritional information and fastest mile time online.
Taste buds do the talking when it comes to making a burger, chicken sandwich, or grilled cheese at Cheeburger Cheeburger. That’s because customers, rather than cooks, design what's for dinner. After selecting a base—whether an all-natural Angus burger, a chicken patty, a veggie patty, or a type of cheese—customers deck it with their choice of 29 complimentary toppings such as roasted red peppers, steak sauce, and chopped garlic.
Customers can also build their own salad or garden diorama with a choice of 24 salad fixings. Freshly gilded fries and onion rings round out entrees. For dessert, cooks blend Edy’s Grand ice cream with syrup and candies to create 1 of 1,258,000 possible shake flavor combinations. Thanks to its neon color scheme and oldies music, the restaurant brims with a vintage ambiance.