The expert chefs at China Inn Restaurant captivate taste buds with a diverse menu of delicious Asian fare. Each epicurean excursion begins with a tasty appetizer, such as the boneless spare ribs ($9.75) or the Chinese pizza ($5.75), which celebrates China's close proximity to Italy with flavorful scallion pancakes. Mouthwatering broths, such as the seafood and bean curd soup ($6.95/qt.) prelude an impressive spread of main courses such as the vegetarian Buddha Delight ($5.50/pt.; $7.50/qt.) or the multitextured chicken with chinese mushrooms and bamboo shoots ($6.25/pt.; $8.95/qt.). Refreshing glasses of wine ($5.50 each) cleanse palates in between bites before a dessert of cake and choice of daily-changing flavors of ice cream ($3) cap off enjoyable feastings and challenge conventional chopstick techniques.
For more than 30 years, Jung and her parents have sizzled up healthy, authentic Chinese cuisine that is MSG-free. The main menu allows patrons to enjoy more familiar Asian favorites, while more adventurous palates hit their stride with the Chinese menu, which sports succulent pork dumplings that, according to a pleased reviewer for Gambit, "squirt juice at the first bite.” Chinese hand fans and framed prints speckle the dining room’s blond wood walls as tables sport white tablecloths and vases with bamboo plants, cultivating an elegant dining ambiance suited for family gatherings, romantic dates, or competitive chopstick jousting matches.
The chefs at Wasabi Asian Bistro fuse the culinary traditions of Japan, China, and Thailand to forge fresh new ways to enjoy Asian cuisine. A batch of homemade signature dumplings ($5–$7) tops the menu and formally commences the feast with puffy morsels of dough packed with chicken, pork, veggies, or shrimp. Artisan chefs craft seaweed-wrapped niblets at the sushi bar, delighting mouths with creations such as the alaskan roll ($9) or the avocado-clad caterpillar roll ($11). Tangerine beef pairs savory strips of tender meat with squirts of citrusy zest ($14), and the seafood tofu pot ($16) graces tables with a toothsome cauldron-based entree that calls to mind memories of blustery days or years spent waitressing for a witch. Wine and sake pairings accompany the epicurean eats with palate-cleansing flavors.
The family that founded China Garden did so with a passion for sharing Chinese home cooking with the community, and to that end they present an all-encompassing scope of Cantonese, Szechwan, Peking, and Hunan cuisines. With that wide spectrum of dishes on hand, the menu bulges with an expansive selection, tempting guests with simple, elegant choices such as roast pork lo mein, egg drop soup, and general tso's chicken glazed in a signature sauce with hot pepper. The chefs add a touch of showmanship to the newly renovated dining room by grilling up Mongolian barbecue dishes right before diners' two eyes, unlike the cooks at fast-food restaurants, who do everything behind a giant scoreboard often called a "menu." For convenience, the staff makes the buffet available during lunch and dinner for sit-down dining or carryout.