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.
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.
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.