Lotus Thai House's dedication to healthy food begins with the basics, such as the use of pure vegetable oil and low-sodium soy sauce. Chefs also eschew the use of MSG in all their dishes and can adjust a plate's spiciness to accommodate different taste buds. They craft a range of authentic Thai dishes, such as beef and pork curries and basil or mango fried rice. The pillars of the menu, though, are the signature dishes, which include pad kee mao with chicken and shrimp and the Tropical Bird's Nest: a m?lange of seafood and chicken in thai sauce. Hot tea and a range of imported and domestic beers help wash down bites.
The fresh menu at Lemongrass boasts a bounty of tasty Thai fare to satisfy you or your great-aunt's Bangkok-bereft mouth. Start with an order of crisp fried vegetarian gyoza ($5.25) or tender beef satay ($6.25) before moving on to the main course. The extensive selection of authentic fried rice ($9.75–$12.95), noodle dishes ($9.75–$16.50), and a rainbow of curries ($11.50–$13.95) will please picky palates, while seasonal specialties such as the mango fried rice with shrimp ($12.95) will satisfy die-hard sea-eaters. Shrimp-bellied pals can happify their herbivore companions with Lemongrass's many vegetarian selections, such as the tofu jade noodles ($11.50) or the tofu green noodle curry ($11.50). Cool over-heated dinner debates over the proper pronunciation of Goethe with a frosty scoop of coconut ice cream ($3.95) or sweet sticky rice with mango ($5.95).
At Austin's Wood Fire Grill, hand-carved hunks of filet mignon and swordfish sizzle over wood-fueled flames, soaking up a smoky aroma. The restaurant’s refusal to use gas or the pages of paperback romance novels reflects a commitment to traditional, down-home cooking. This commitment also surfaces in their made-from-scratch breads, pan gravy sauce, and cognac cream sauce.
In addition to a sensory-stimulating spread of Asian and American buffet fare, Royal Buffet & Grill offers a full menu of Chinese classics. At the hibachi grill, an accommodating chef slices and dices dishes to your liking, whether square, saucer, or obtuse-isosceles shaped. Adults pay $6.95 for the lunch buffet, $10.95 for dinner, and $5.50 to $7.99 for standalone entrees. Children under 3 eat for free and wicked witches trapped under houses can eat leftovers if they behave.
Chef Kevin Greaves spent years travelling the world studying the spices and cuisine unique to each region. Of all that he tasted, the foods that stood out in his mind and palate hailed from three distinct locales: Thailand, Louisiana, and the Caribbean. Rather than limit himself to a single favourite, the head chef of Jambalaya Restaurant incorporated flavours from all three regions into his eclectic menu.
The menu highlights traditional dishes from each region, including pad thai from Thailand, gumbo and jambalaya from the Louisiana bayou, and curried goat from the Caribbean. In addition, Chef Greaves prepares some dishes with a fusion twist, adding jerk spices to vegetable pad thai or moulding a plate of shrimp creole into the shape of Thailand. The chef flavours each dish with the restaurant’s signature brand of spices and sauces.