Chicken roasts slowly over a fire, fried yams make their way onto sandwiches, vinegar-marinated strips of rib eye sizzle in a pan alongside parsley and tomatoes: these are just a few of the sights one would see in the kitchen at Takatis, a Peruvian restaurant. Chefs use all manner of ingredients to create palate-surprising dishes, such as causa rellena, a stacked Peruvian creation with layers of potato, chicken, lime, and aji amarillo. Not all the dishes stay rooted in South America, though?the arroz chaufa, for instance, possesses an Asian-inspired crunch thanks to Chinese onions and soy sauce.
For nearly a quarter-century, the chefs at Golden China Restaurant have filled bellies with authentic Chinese food, including nine varieties of dim sum. The bite-size snacks vary from sticky rice in lotus leafs to sesame-rice dumplings to barbecue-pork buns. To complement the mini morsels, the lengthy menu includes Chinese food standards, such as orange chicken and kung-pao shrimp. Three gourmet dinners facilitate full-on feasting, each served with tea, cookies, appetizers, and entrees to share with another diner or friendly shadow person. The hearty meals pair with beer and wine, along with sweet treats, such as lychee nuts and coconut tarts.
The chefs at China Grill Bistro, an outpost of the Chong brothers' local restaurant empire, serve up traditional Chinese dishes alongside creative fusion creations. Kung pao chicken and spicy hunan beef share menu space with banana leaf-wrapped chicken tamales and paella on saffron rice, a combination that pays tribute to the brothers' Chinese heritage and childhood spent in Latin America. The cooks never add MSG to any of their dishes, because they believe it obscures the flavors of their top-notch ingredients. To complement these flavors, there's a wine list made of up nearly 100 California varieties.
Robot chicken: popular television show or crispy chicken dish in a sweet, tangy sauce? At Kung Pao Bistro, it's the latter. The Chinese eatery packs a huge selection of meat, vegetarian, fried rice, and noodle options on its menu. While the chefs specialize in traditional Hunan, Sichuanm and Cantonese dishes, guests will also notice other Asian and American flavor influences in their meals, which are prepared using house-made organic chicken broth and high-quality soy and wheat meat substitutes when desired.
Outside of Arunee House, two giant signs and a dark-green awning bear the eatery’s MO: to serve up a mix of more than 100 Thai and Chinese dishes. The kitchen staff tosses chicken, pork, beef, or shrimp into six different types of thai curry and mixes chantaboon noodles with chili powder and sprouts to create generous portions of pad thai. Servings of spicy squid prelude the house-special vegetable plate, a cornucopia of snow peas, chinese cabbage, bamboo shoots, black mushrooms, and freshly weaned baby corn. Eaters can augment their meals with glasses of thai iced tea or finish things off with a dessert of sweet sticky rice with mango.
From Chick 'N Chow's tables, which flaunt the rosy crimson hue of a bowl of sweet-and-sour sauce, soups launch warm steam alongside kosher and vegetarian dishes. Entire rotisserie chickens emerge from trips to a fryer with a golden cloak and satisfying crunch, and the menu also cheers dieters with low-calorie steamed dishes topped with broccoli that spells out encouraging affirmations. Beneath a fan painted with a traditional landscape, diners gather to-go containers, and delivery drivers tote bags laden with lo mein and memos from telecommuting fortune cookies.