Presentation is important at Trio, whether you’re talking about the restaurant itself (which resides in a converted row home) or the food. Drunken noodles and lemongrass meatballs are delicately garnished with sprigs of basil, while the pineapple fried rice arrives on a crisp lettuce leaf.
Smile Café co-owner Ken is a restaurateur and an internationally known artist who displays his work in this intimate, 28-seat eatery. In the semi-gallery, diners feast on custom dishes—choose a meat such as shrimp or duck, and a sauce such as peanut or panang curry.
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.
At Thai Singha House To Go, there’s a small counter for those who prefer to eat in—but customers mostly place carryout orders for drunken noodles and pad thai. The team also ladles out heaping portions of crispy greenbeans in coconut curry.
Arrive at Vientiane Café for a late dinner, and you might encounter a line. Between 5 and 6:30 p.m., however, diners feast on the early-bird special, a discounted three-course dinner with dishes such as stir-fried acorn squash and veggies.
To taste every roll on iSushi's menu would require the chefs to piece fresh ingredients into nearly 70 different rolls. The signature I-Sushi roll wraps soy bean seaweed around shrimp tempura, avocado, cream cheese, and spicy crab. Other specialty rolls?with names such as Oh My Goodness and Don?t Ask Me Again?appease taste buds with eclectic ingredients such as baked baby lobster, pineapple, deep-fried oyster, and mango. The chefs arrange sushi and sashimi into Romantic for 2 platters perfect for couples to share, or Romantic for 3 platters that are perfect for couples to share with their favorite movie stars.