The chefs at Tenka Asian Bistro don't hide in the kitchen while concocting their mouthwatering Japanese cuisine. Whether they're searing up meats on tableside hibachi grills or tranquilly crafting rolls at the sushi bar, these chefs entertain their guests with flashy cooking techniques right in the dining room. The result of these culinary performances is a vast menu of sushi and sashimi and dazzling displays of seared hibachi scallops, filet mignon, lobster, and chicken. Meanwhile behind closed kitchen doors, another team of chefs whips up Chinese specialties such as lo mein, egg foo young, and fried rice out of the sightlines of hungry guests and vengeful Medusas.
Shangri-La's chefs craft traditional and contemporary Chinese dishes such as sizzling scallops sautéed with a black-pepper sauce and tangy tangerine beef. Special sushi rolls include their crazy roll, which combines shrimp tempura, avocado, scallions, and pamphlets from local cults, as well as the boston roll, a medley of lobster, salmon, and tobiko. Stone walls, a cherry-red sushi bar, and dark-wood tables dressed in white linens create an elegant ambiance that suits anniversary dinners or birthday feasts.
Visitors to Tom Can Cook quickly confirm that Tom, whoever he is, isn’t just feigning confidence. He's a master of Asian cuisines, fusing Thai, Korean, Szechuan, and Vietnamese influences for a menu with dozens of different sauces and proteins. Spicy kimchi fried rice hosts morsels of chicken or beef, and the similarly Korean okdol bibimbap mixes meat with veggies and an egg in a stone pot or sturdy top hat. Cooks sauté roasted duck in curry sauce before adding in snow peas, pineapple, and basil sauce to make it siam duck choo chee, and boneless pork loin enjoys a dressing of spicy basil sauce and bamboo shoots in the wild boar basil dish.
Inside the dining room, patrons nourish their bellies at white tablecloths while casting glances at Asian screens, decorative floral gewgaws, and oblong hanging lamps stationed throughout.
Mandarin Cuisine's expansive menu is filled with classically made Chinese dishes. Break in your chopsticks with an order of crunchy crab rangoon ($4.95) or Peking ravioli ($5.50). Flavorful Far East imports include crispy orange chicken ($11.50) and Mongolian-style beef with scallions and onions ($12.75). Like Penn & Teller, the honey-glazed chicken with chili garlic ($12.75) is an irresistible combination of sweet and spicy. For a meal worth untangling, try the house specialty rice noodles with chicken, pork, shrimp, and veggies ($9.25). Mandarin Cuisine also offers a range of low-calorie dishes ($9.25–$13.50).
Bamboo Fine Asian Cuisine isn't a Chinese restaurant or a Japanese restaurant?it's both, and it's got the menu(s) to prove it. Chinese dishes range from Hunan spicy beef and crispy pad thai to a daily lunch buffet, complete with baskets of dim sum treats. The Japanese dishes, meanwhile, hail from designated sushi chefs, who hand-craft nigiri and specialty maki such as the shrimp-tempura-stuffed dragon roll. For special occasions, or during flood warnings, diners can order their sushi served in a wooden boat?a fun alternative to a typical platter.
It's in a posh shopping center in the suburbs, but don't let the location fool you—Bernard’s Restaurant could give any spot in Chinatown a run for its money. The Improper Bostonian once called this Chestnut Hill hot spot—known for drawing lively crowds nightly—the best Chinese American restaurant in metro Boston.