A few red lanterns hang from the ceiling, but besides that, the décor at Mandarin Taste is pretty sparse. It’s just as well, because here, the food steals the show. Culled from the northern region of China, the menu includes dishes such plates of bright red salt and pepper shrimp, intricately latticed fried snowflake dumplings, and vibrant green spinach egg dumplings. Black mushrooms and braised pork ribs simmer in soups bursting with noodles, that, like a successful DJ set, are made from scratch.
The chefs at Kang’s Asian Bistro work to bring new things to diners, drawing upon ingredients such as masago, a type of roe, as well as tempura flakes and grass-hued dollops of wasabi. To further this effort, the eatery’s Nyotaimori Nights, featured on News 9, include rolls served atop a scantily clad model.
A full-wall scrim printed with a photorealistic cityscape scene casts curlicues of neon across noodle bowls that sit on tables gleaming with the same deep crimson as a cardinal discovering it is not the state bird. Behind a black lacquered bar, ranks of liquor and wine bottles glow in silhouette before backlighting. Waiters arrive at tables, arms stacked with chicken and beef in sauces forged from lemongrass, thai basil, and garlic. They also serve sushi rolls filled with morsels of shrimp, crab, and tuna.
There's no shortage of options at VII Asian Bistro, where chefs draw on traditions from across Asia to build a menu of rice- and noodle-based dishes that range from pho to lo mein. Hearty portions of diced chicken breast, eggplant, and sliced flank steak are cooked in spicy sauces, charred to perfection by an in-house dragon, and sent straight from the wok to the table.
The chefs at HuHot Mongolian Grill stand around a giant, round grill, preparing sizzling heaps of stir-fry. Unlike at other restaurants, every serving is different because, instead of the kitchen staff, the customer preps each bowl. The bowls may be brimming with chopped vegetables, seafood, and noodles, or they may be composed entirely of water chestnuts. The spice level of each dish varies based on the eater's preferences; MSG-free sauces range from barbecue to sweet teriyaki to five-alarm Kung Pao Yow! Since HuHot Mongolian Grill is an all-you-can-eat affair, diners get the chance to mix and match different ingredients with each trip to the grill.
Staffers match their dish suggestions to each diner’s unique palate at China Wok, an eatery serving up Chinese cuisine in entrees, family-style dinners, and bottomless buffets. The kitchen crafts staple entrees such as sweet-and-sour pork, lemon chicken, and moo-shu shrimp, served with four savory pancakes. Family-style three-course meals of soup, appetizers, and one entree per person can be shared among groups or fed exclusively to the smartest child at the table. Alternatively, a range of steaming main courses, salad options, and ice creams fleshes out the bottomless lunch and dinner buffets, which fuse into an all-day super-buffet on Sundays.
Though Lasamee Xiong and her husband Thoa have owned restaurants in Minnesota, Michigan, and Oklahoma, their native land will always be Thailand, according to Tulsa World. With their son Saya at the kitchen's helm, they continue to serve up their homeland's cuisine in the quaint 30-person dining room at Thai Garden. Although Thai fare is the primary focus, the 30-item menu also includes Vietnamese and Chinese selections—many accentuated by spices and herbs directly from Thailand.
To the soft rhythms of Southeast Asian music, green and maroon laminate tables populate with steaming soups, traditional pad thai, and chicken and beef in sweet curry and sichuan sauces. Though fork and knife are the primary utensils at Thai Garden, chopsticks are also available upon request.