Steam drifts from the hot kitchen, where the family moves swiftly amid pots that clamor metallically for attention. It is 1942 in the Sichuan province of China, and the cooks are working together in the new restaurant, Chow’s, to perfect the recipes and earn money for their family. Today, three generations later and on the other side of the world, Chow’s Asian Bistro fills with the spicy bouquet of scents that still hint at those same recipes, which have taken on influences from other culinary traditions over time. Chicken, beef, shrimp, and tofu steep in coconut-curry or kung pao sauce and twist among garlic-festooned sprays of broccoli. Additionally, pad thai, lo mein, and chow fun dishes call chopsticks into action like an orchestra conductor whose luggage is missing.
In an extensively renovated space that formerly held Teriyaki Bowl, Tokyo Cafe serves up artfully prepared Japanese cuisine. Chefs slice fresh fish behind an elegant sushi bar, and servers carry plates of fried rice and hibachi-seared filet mignon through a clean, modern dining room with ambient lighting. But diners needn't step through the restaurant's doors to taste these specialities—there's also a convenient drive-thru window.
The crafty culinarians at Umami Sushi and Asian Restaurant blend fresh veggies, meats, and sauces to create a menu populated with flavorful classics from Thailand, China, and Japan. The lineup features rice and noodle entrees, as well as items free of gluten and sushi rolls free of heat. The restaurant’s hardwood floors, tall potted plants, Asian décor, and absence of fire-breathing dragons work in tandem to create a relaxing and cozy dining experience.
Set in an 80-year-old adobe home in Taos’s historic district, Eske’s Brew Pub soothes parched patrons with a lineup of handcrafted beers, and a menu laden with traditional pub fare favorites. Sate carnal cravings with a lean ground-beef burger topped with cheddar, mayo, lettuce, tomato, and pickles on a whole-wheat bun ($6.75). Or add New Mexico green chilis to the meaty meal ($7.25), igniting flavorful mouth arson solely for the purpose of quenching it with a fruity and refreshing Apricot Ale. The 10,000 Foot Stout blends tall tastes of caramel, chocolate, and roasted barley, evening out the girth of the Fatty burrito ($8.75)––a heap of beans, homemade mashed potatoes, feta, and cheddar ensconced in a wheat tortilla, and lavished with house-made green-chili turkey stew. Patrons looking to shave seconds off of their meal time can also opt to combine fare and fermentation into one super supper by sampling the grilled bratwurst-and-sauerkraut sandwich ($6.25), sinking teeth into a brewksi-soaked sausage served with braised sauerkraut, stone-ground mustard, mashed potatoes, and a french roll that's been given a stern talking to.
Sushi making is both a martial art and a romantic venture to the chefs at Samurai Grill & Sushi Bar. In the kitchen, they build more than 80 types of sushi using deft knifework and fresh seafare such as squid, salmon eggs, and albacore tuna. To hint at interiors made of posh caviar and cream cheese, the chefs bestow several specialty rolls with racy names such as Playboy and Love Triangle. In addition to rousing taste buds with a spicy sauce, a chirashi of sashimi, veggies, and rice wows eyes with color and precision, like a breakdancing rainbow. Traditional fare such as chicken teriyaki and hot udon soup brims with comforting flavors that pair nicely with a bottle of beer or sake.:m]]
At Asian Restaurant, chefs carefully prepare colorful, flavorful Chinese, Thai, and Japanese cuisine from fresh ingredients. Dishes range from delicate morsels of sashimi and sushi to savory plates of lo mein, pad thai, and egg foo young. A stately dining room with stone Buddha statues, dark hardwood floors, and wraparound booths hosts diners as they feast on meals of peking duck, kung pao shrimp, and singapore noodles.