Thai 2 Go’s chefs draw on traditional and modern influences to concoct their own recipes for noodle dishes, curries, and sizzling stir-fries. Aromatic basil leaves, spicy chilis, and coconut milk season dishes such as pad thai and panang curry. No matter what you order, expect leftovers—even sturdy chopsticks begin to resemble toothpicks when considered beside the huge, family-size portions.
Housed in a freestanding one-story building just east of Chestnut Hill’s main shopping district, Hokka Hokka prides itself on serving Japanese cuisine and sushi in mindfully artistic presentations. Sushi, sashimi and rolls come a la carte or in chef’s choice combination platters, with creative special roll combinations that include the Tornado (eel, cream cheese and cucumber topped with spicy tuna and tempura crunch) and a neighborhood-specific Chestnut Hill roll, featuring tuna, tempura crunch and a few slices of avocado. Complement the dishes with sake or a cocktail, like the Hokka Mai Tai, and you’ll be off to a good start at this casual Asian eatery. The interior matches the food in loveliness, with the sleekness of the sizeable sushi bar contrasting the rustic stone fireplace perfectly.
Noodles steal the spotlight on the menu at SangKee Noodle House, where chefs churn out popular noodle-based entrees from China, Japan, Vietnam, and Thailand. Diners can customize their own soups by selecting from various meats and six types of noodles, or they can choose from a number of tried-and-true dishes, such as lo mein, chow fun, or pad thai. Chefs also whip up peking duck, dim-sum-style dumplings, and smoothies blended from fruit, tapioca, and condensed milk, which comes from cows that have only read the CliffsNotes recipe for regular milk.
Green and purple lights creep up stone walls toward high ceilings inside Crazy Sushi, a pan-Asian eatery with a focus on artfully prepared sushi and sashimi. Chefs fashion fresh fish into 63 specialty rolls—among them the One Night Stand, a rice-free medley of salmon and tuna wrapped with spicy crab. Diners can also devour dozens of creative appetizers, bowls of udon or soba noodles, and neatly portioned bento boxes.
Contemporary design meets tradition at Fuji Mountain Japanese Restaurant, where four floors of dining space transition between laid-back lounge areas and softly lit tables set against beautifully scripted Japanese scrolls. Under the soft glow of the main dining room’s lanterns, elegantly plated katsu cutlets bear grill marks that are conspicuously absent from neighboring sashimi and delicately rolled sushi. Traveling upwards through the eatery, the aroma of bubbling udon bowls collides with pulsing sound waves, as guests belt out top 40 hits or their home state’s anthem in a private karaoke room that seats up to 30.
While scanning the pages of Nooddi Thai Chef's eclectic and lengthy menu amid the eatery's oceanic murals, eyes are forced to stop at words that stand out against the traditional "dumpling," "curry," and "satay." The kitchen staff's specialties cause these double takes on a daily basis, as they introduce eccentric proteins such as wild boar in a garlic red curry sauce or saut?ed alligator in an aromatic herb sauce. In addition to their Thai classics, the cooks assemble flavors from across Asia, including those in Vietnamese pho, Japanese yakisoba, and Indonesian mee goreng.