When China invaded Tibet, Thondup and Dolma Tsering's family escaped to India, and the two children enrolled in school for Tibetan children. They graduated and eventually moved to the United States in 1997, where they founded a business that would celebrate their culture: Lhasa Cafe. Today, as the cafe celebrates it's tenth anniversary, chef Tenzin Tsewang leads the staff at the restaurant, and Thondup and Dolma can still be found helping out around their authentic Tibetan restaurant on weekends. In the kitchen, chef Tenzin and Namdol cook all dishes to order and make dumplings in-house from scratch; they use only fresh ingredients and refuse to use MSG or decorative glitter.
The staff follows recipes according to the Tibetan culinary tradition, which incorporates subtle seasoning and a lot of ginger, garlic, and the emma peppercorn. There’s also an emphasis on yak meat, which is lean and low-cholesterol and tastes comparable to beef. It takes center stage in dishes such as traditional mo-mo dumplings, pan-fried noodle dishes, and stews. Also on the menu: vegetable dumplings, vegetarian noodle soups, and lamb and chicken curries.
East Palace Buffet Restaurant solves diners' common problem of not knowing what to order by allowing them to taste a little bit of everything. During lunch and dinner buffets, diners can fill their plates with small samples or generous servings of freshly prepared shrimp tempura, beef and veggie dishes, and fried rice, with as many return trips as their stomach or competitive-eating coach desires. For those with a singular craving, the restaurant also offers an à la carte menu with a slate of non-buffet options, such as spicy-tuna sushi rolls and chicken tempura, all served tableside.
Chefs at Foody Goody decorate their buffet with a vast menu of Chinese fare, Mongolian barbecue–style stir-fry and freshly rolled sushi. A dozen different artfully arranged sushi rolls wrap spicy tuna or tempura-battered shrimp into a bite-size bundle to assuage bellies or replace the coal on snowman coats. At the Mongolian barbecue station, diners can orchestrate a feast of lo-mein noodles, fresh veggies, and five types of meat, which pop and skitter across a hot grill at the hands of a seasoned chef. Buffet cruisers can also swoop up mouths-full of crab legs, oysters, shrimp, and scallops at the seafood bar like Poseidon bobbing for seafood. Chefs at Foody Goody happily accommodate special orders, and custom-craft wholesome cuisine for diabetic and meat-free diets. Although not a part of this Groupon, there is also 200 person banquet room available for special events and partys.
Though it may sound like a panda's wildest dream, Bamboo Garden is about so much more than leafy greens. This Chinese restaurant in Windsor features dozens of traditional dishes—some sweet, many spicy, and all worth a try. The chef's favorites include twice-cooked fish, wood- and tea-smoked duck, and crispy walnut prawns served in a conveniently edible basket. Speaking of convenience, the menu is helpfully divided into sections based on the type of meat used and which flavor of Mountain Dew it goes best with.
At Butterfly Chinese Restaurant, guests dine on elegant entrees of boneless spare ribs and spicy hunan chicken, dainty dim sum plates, or a spread of authentic regional Chinese specialties. Diners can also feast on morsels of double-cooked sichuan pork or crispy roasted cantonese duck or chow down on vegetarian meals, such as eggplant with garlic sauce or general tso's tofu.
Fresh sushi rolls add Japanese flair to Beijing Garden's primarily Chinese menu, characterized by a wealth of beef, pork, and poultry dishes flanked by chow mein noodles and fried rice. Spicy kung pao chicken and Szechuan-style lamb treat palates to a fire-ringed culinary obstacle course, and vegetarian selections, such as bean curd with black mushrooms, neatly satisfy villains bent on slowly eating all the world's plants. The sushi bar, open Monday–Saturday, serves slices of fresh sashimi alongside special maki rolls containing spicy salmon, eel, and shrimp tempura.