Tangerine's menu collects dishes from all across Asia with an emphasis on Thai recipes and fresh sushi and sashimi. Large prawns are stir-fried in garlic sauce and tender raviolis are stuffed with lobster and dungeness crab meat then covered with a rich shitake-mushroom sauce. The sushi chefs make classic salmon and rainbow rolls in addition to specialty maki, such as the Tangerine roll filled with crab and five types of fish or the Millipede roll topped with avocado and cut into 1,000 pieces.
Fresh flowers and elegant linens help create a calming, upscale atmosphere in the saffron-hued dining room. An aquarium glows behind the sushi chefs as guests sit around the marble-topped bar, and parties slide into booths tucked in private alcoves lined with white drapery.
Chefs at King and I inject spice into dinnertime by preparing authentic Thai cuisine with an emphasis on fresh ingredients and artful presentation. Each of the menu’s stir-fry, noodle, and curry entrees may be customized with a choice of chicken, beef, seafood, or tofu before being tossed with such tempting morsels as snow peas, ginger, or bamboo shoots and seasoned to taste with spices ranging from mild to thai hot. Seeped in soft lighting from sparse lamps and a small fish tank, the dining room gives off an air of understated elegance by balancing rich red walls with crisp white tablecloths and a thankful absence of tap-dancing balloon artists.
Insides Pad Thai, mint green and soft yellow walls surround linen-topped tables populated with traditional Thai dishes. A grandiose mural of a seaside vista blankets one wall, and sheer curtains block out the sun and its inane chattering. It's within this airy, relaxed atmosphere that servers shuttle out savories from an easy-to-navigate menu that has separate sections for stir-fries, curries, noodles, and vegetarian items.
Restaurateur Ele Tran channels her native Vietnam into a pan-Asian menu of chicken and seafood integrated with coconut and lemongrass. Fire Street Food also offers prime-beef burgers, artfully wrapped sushi, and a wide spectrum of tofu dishes to feed vegetarians and the actors who play them in made-for-TV movies.