A steady stream of servers constantly moves from the kitchen of Grand Pacific Buffet kitchen to the buffet serving station, where they replenish trays of sesame chicken, pepper steak, crispy egg rolls, and other Chinese cuisine classics. Diners can also load plates with assorted sushi rolls or, on certain occasions, unlimited helpings of succulent snow crab legs. Giant koi fish swim in an indoor pond, adding to the restaurant's Asian-inspired decor.
As co-founder of local-favorite Bluefin Sushi Lounge, Minh Nguyen is no stranger to the restaurant biz. Now as VP and executive sushi chef of Memphis' new Rain Premiere Bistro, Minh has rallied a fresh and innovative menu of sushi rolls, fresh-cut sashimi, and steaming Asian entrees. While waiting on a steak or chicken stir-fry to cool, diners can grab a cocktail from the full bar, or hasten cooling by dropping the plate into the restaurant's neon fish tank.
iSushi Asian Cuisine's chefs prepare a menu of Asian cuisine and inventive sushi rolls. Blue crab salad, deep-fried honey chicken, and shredded Mongolian beef are a few specialties; diners can also opt for crunchy shrimp tempura and apple sushi rolls or soft shell crab rolls seasoned with Old Bay.
The sizzle of the round-bottom wok is how many Asian dishes begin, according to the staff at Noodles Asian Bistro. To craft its menu, the kitchen draws together dishes from China, Thailand, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam, which seems to highlight the similarities rather than the differences in the cuisines. The wok sears chopped vegetables and sliced meats with sweet and spicy sauces for both traditional dishes, and house specialties, such as the Happy Family with chicken, beef, and shrimp tossed with veggies, perfect for stuffing an omnivore's pinata.
Amidst burnished gold walls and soft lighting, Thai Bistro & Sushi's chefs use a palette of ginger, Thai basil, lemongrass, and chilies, painting a bouquet of aromas across the restaurant. Thin or wide rice noodles twine around chicken or shrimp in various sauces, and bamboo shoots and bell peppers float in coconut-milk curries, all perfumed with the range of spices. The spiciness of each dish can be adjusted to suit a palate sensitive to heat or a need to pretend to be crying at a third-grade production of Of Mice and Men. Inside the dining room, pieces of modern art, suspended statues, and images of Buddha punctuate the walls.
Eat Well Sushi & Grill's chefs roll up authentic sushi and provision a well-stocked buffet with modern Japanese morsels. The expansive high-quality buffet allows diners unlimited access to grab everything from prime new york strip steak to lunchtime favorite korean short ribs. The smorgasbord also includes staples such as tempura-crusted softshell crab, yaki soba, fresh sushi, and fresh sashimi. The lunch buffet boasts goodies such as teriyaki chicken, tempura shrimp, and fried rice.
Alternatively, the menu showcases innovative and traditional sushi rolls such as the eight-piece philadelphia roll, in which smoked salmon and avocado embrace cream cheese, or the fruit roll, a m?lange of asian fruit and cream cheese crowned with sliced mango, kiwi, and strawberry. Imported Kirin beer or specialty martinis from the full-service bar unparch throats as patrons admire the restaurant's dark-wood interior and large booth-side aquariums, where fish gather around campfires to scare each other by reading passages from Moby-Dick.