Executive chef Waiming Tung brings 20 years of cooking experience to Fusion World Cuisine and its menu of fare influenced by the flavors of Asia and Europe and tuned to the key of "fuse." Use your lunch break to experiment with the chicken vegetable stir-fry ($5.95) or bring an order of pepper shrimp ($8.95) home to your taste laboratory. All lunch specials come with rice and a choice of egg drop, hot and sour, or miso soup. Nocturnal eaters can nosh on traditional Chinese staples such as orange beef ($12.25) and General Tsao chicken ($9.25). Dinnermates sporting two sets of taste buds can find common ground through fusion specialties such as the lobster and scallop pasta ($18.25) tossed with a light herb-pesto sauce and garnished with fish roe. Fusion World Cuisine also offers two three-course meal deals: the Asian meal ($15.95) lets diners choose from a list of traditional Chinese dishes, and the fusion dinner ($25.95) gives diners free reign over the menu, offering the sort of satisfying freedom known only to math tutors locked in rooms packed with calculators and truth tables.
A savory haven of fresh Asian-inspired fare for more than two decades, Jasmine Asian Cuisine tasks its experienced chefs with preparing an eclectic menu of cooked-to-order dishes crafted with organic veggies, choice cuts of meat, and oils bursting with antioxidants. Pu pu platters sate dithering diners with pintsize portions of delectable meats, seafood, wontons, and egg rolls ($5.95). An epic selection of chef's specialties, including the pepper mignon seasoned with peppercorns and topped with onions ($10.25), quell grumbling tummies before they bellow like Pavarotti after stubbing his big toe.
Joseph Freyre first wandered into a kitchen more than a quarter-century ago, and since then, he hasn't quite managed to leave. He studied traditional techniques at Del Webb Culinary Institute; served a 15-year stint as maitre d' at a five-star, five-diamond hotel; and owned and operated multiple restaurants. He started Joseph's Fine Dining as a simple combination of his love for fine cuisine and the art of tableside preparation, or flambéing.
He's concocted a lot of signature creations over the years, but chief among them stands the pepper-steak flambé, marinated in mango chutney and cast ablaze in French brandy. He follows up his fiery dinners with equally flame-kissed desserts including classics such as bananas foster and cherries jubilee.
Though many of North End Diner's recipes are straight from owner Jackie's own mother, the 50-year-old diner has also adapted to changing times. Though the menu now includes locally sourced Callicrate beef burgers and several gluten-free items, twangy vintage guitars still blare from the jukebox and hand-scooped shakes clatter onto tables. In the dining room, the aromas of baking meatloaf and simmering gravy make guests feel at home and mashed potatoes feel extremely nervous. A daily blue-plate lunch special arrives within 10 minutes of ordering, and at the fully stocked bar, diners question servers about North End's live jam sessions.
For the past 18 years, the chefs at India Palace have been making their northern Indian food burst with flavor rather than an overly spicy kick. To do so, they harness traditional spices such as anise seed, cardamom, and turmeric to concoct their aromatic curries, vegetarian entrees, and gluten-free dishes from scratch. They can customize each of their biryani and masala entrees to individuals' preferred levels of heat and sentience, and they diligently bake naan in a clay oven to sop up every last drop of vindaloo sauce. India Palace also offers an expansive lunch buffet that brims with traditional Indian morsels.
Set within a warm, romantic atmosphere that melds modern accouterments with ancient mystique, Thai Basil regales foreign fare finders with a menu of Asian fusion cuisine. Commence exotic eating excursions with a cream-cheese-stuffed crab cheese wonton ($4.95) or lemongrass mussels ($7.95), or dive into a squall of stir-fried shrimp swimming in a spicy sea of tamarind sauce ($11.50 at dinner). The red-curry chicken slathered in peanut sauce ($9.95 at dinner) tantalizes taste buds, and the stir-fried dynamite noodles delight pasta-prone diners and consternates cartoon coyotes with an explosive sauce, diffused with chicken, beef, or tofu ($8.95, $9.95 for shrimp). Veggie-philes can sink their herbivorous teeth into the thai eggplant ($8.50) as they partake in a sudsy potable from the full bar.