At Blue Ginger Asian Bistro—the brainchild of the same restaurateurs who presided over Red Bowl—the lo meins and sichuan spices of traditional Chinese food mingle with the coconut milk and peanut sauces of classic Thai entrees. Crispy strips of wok-fried cuts of pork and beef star in these dishes, beckoning the chopsticks or shovels of hungry diners. The bistro ventures into seafood territory with an array of no fewer than 16 different shrimp entrees, which come with everything from creamy honey sauce and candied walnuts to sweet 'n' sour red mango sauce. While eating, guests lounge in blond-wood booths or perch at a bar beneath geometric blue lanterns and flat-screen televisions.
Individual spotlights baste wall paintings with buttery light, bringing to life a tiger cut in relief and abstract tangles of color. More light pours in through Bon Thai & Sushi's large picture windows, illuminating chicken and steak steeping in curry, teriyaki, and thai basil. With knives clacking gently against counters, skilled sushi makers fill rolls with salmon, shrimp, avocado, asparagus, and even sweet potato. After shoveling up the last of a tamarind-infused pad thai, guests question their server about Bon Thai & Sushi's private catered events for banquets after athletic events or meetings to decide how many people belong on a croquet team.