Nestled in the New Britain Village Shopping Center, Gourmet Wok unfurls a pan-Pacific spread of Chinese, and Southeast Asian cuisine that spurns the use of MSG. Guests tote their own beverages to pair with a dinner menu of sumptuous dishes—try chef specialties such as the tangerine beef ($11.95), marinated and tickled over a high flame, or the sizzling subgum wor ba ($12.95), a slumber party of lobster, shrimp, chicken, beef, and veggies gossiping about the uninvited pork. Edamame appetizers ($3.75) make way for the mock chicken with chinese eggplant ($9.95), a seitan-based dish trained as a body double for chicken's grill-jumping stunts.
As live music reverberates through the elegant dining area and lounge, plates of contemporary and classic Asian dishes parade out from the kitchen. Sushi knives chop up fresh fish into specialty maki rolls, sashimi, and nigiri; grills sizzle up rib-eye teriyaki; and pots simmer with piquant curries. Patrons cheers to a full bar of specialty cocktails, wine, beer, and saki, sipping at the sushi-bar seating as they watch the chefs slice and dice, or relaxing at tabletops lining the sleek dining room, piano lounge, and outdoor patio. Further entertaining the senses, the restaurant hosts live performers each night, who are only sometimes coin-operated chimps playing miniature cymbals.
The surfaces of hibachi grills sizzle as nimble chefs slice and sear morsels of chicken, steak, and scallops for guests seated around granite-topped tables. At Arirang Hibachi Steakhouse and Sushi Bar, patrons enjoy a chic, modern space where they can savor traditional Japanese dishes. Bright red booths cushion patrons in the stylish bar where signature entrees, such as chilean sea bass and filet mignon, arrive drizzled with miso, crusted with wasabi, or dusted for fingerprints. Chopsticks ensnare à la carte sushi and house specialty rolls, such as the coconut shrimp layered with mango, avocado, and raspberry puree.
Haru Asian's culinary team crafts a cornucopia of Japanese, Chinese, and Thai cuisine, from traditional entrees such as sesame chicken to fusion dishes such as grilled Chilean sea bass with miso sauce. When they're not busy crafting Thai staples such as masaman curry and crispy red snapper, chefs prepare a wealth of meats, seafood, and veggies in tempura, teriyaki, and katsu styles. Behind the sushi bar, sushi chef Kevin Chen assembles veggie, hand, and special rolls, such as the spicy salmon and wasabi mayo of the Snow roll, which single patrons can order in bulk to build themselves a dining companion.
In the hibachi room, up to 50 guests can gather around four tables where jovial chefs grill up NY steaks, lobsters, and calamari as part of feasts that include soup, salads, and fried noodles or rice. The spacious four-section restaurant also hosts two large dining rooms and a party room, all adorned with modern decor that blends eastern and western influences. Meals are also available for takeout or catered events.
Tamari takes its name from the Argentinean Huarpe people’s word meaning “to do everything with passion,” and the staff heeds it as a call to action. Executive Chef Roger Li expresses this joie de vivre through a bold menu of Latin, Asian, and European cuisine, uniting cultures through food like a model of the 1933 World's Fair made from fondant. Lobster-tempura maki tempts mouths alongside shrimp tacos garnished with yuzu-margarita foam and scottish salmon paired with chimichurri and ginger polenta. While dining, guests take part in a rich, interactive experience, sipping exotic açai mimosas and watching chefs prepare shareable tapas or custom-made menus in an open-pit kitchen. Altogether, the combination of unexpected flavor from the kitchen and unhindered elegance from the dining room has earned Tamari a great deal of respect. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, for instance, named it on its Best Dining: Top Dishes list, and CBS Pittsburgh ranked it at the top of its list of Best Outdoor Dining options.
The penchant for modernity at o-toro recently caught the eye and taste buds of County Lines magazine’s staff, which named it one of Philly’s Best New Ventures of 2013. The restaurant’s track lighting illuminates a contemporary scene marked by wooden fixtures, vibrant splotches of red and orange, and plates of Japanese cuisine with Mexican, Korean, and American influences. Sushi, sashimi, and specialty rolls—such as the signature o-toro roll with fatty tuna tartar, spicy mayo, and jalapeño—are served alongside tapas-style plates of filet mignon dumplings, duck tacos, and skewers of Korean-style fried chicken. At the polished wooden bar, bartenders pour wine, sake, and craft beer.