When diners see fire erupting inside Dai Bai Dang, they needn't panic. Those flames are under the control of Chef Anna Wang and her fellow chefs, who whip up a bulk of the eatery's cuisine in open woks. The fire show is the first visual treat for diners, who then receive gorgeously plated Asian-fusion dishes. Said cuisine includes shrimp tossed with caramelized walnuts, duck smoked in tea leaves, and japanese eggplant braised with ginger and chili paste. To complement feasts, bartenders not only serve plenty of wine, cocktails, and liqueurs, but also showcase their barista skills by making cups of the house roast with a french press.
In the natural glow of large picture windows, Chinese and Thai rice and noodle dishes clatter on Chong's Cuisine tables. Curlicues of steam rise from shrimp, vegetables, and chicken, generously slathered in ginger and zesty szechuan sauce. Guests can quickly judge spiciness by spotting a tiny printed pepper beside hot menu items and an invisible picture of Harry Houdini beside mild ones.
Panda South Chinese Restaurant mingles the complex profiles of Szechuan and Mandarin cultures into an array of Chinese comfort cuisine. For ease of perusal, the menu is also divided into general categories such as vegetables, chicken, pork, seafood, and historical autobiography.
Head chef Scott Sauer oversees a rotating menu of inventive cuisine catered to discerning Fresnan tongues fluent in gourmet. The dinner menu raises the curtain with an appetizing aria of jalapeno-enhanced sweet-potato fries ($9) or calamari ($10) dotted with roasted sweet peppers. The feta-cheese and poppy-seed dressing of the strawberry and spinach salad ($12) likewise provides a sweet counterpart to savory evening entrees such as the osso bucco–style short ribs ($27), served with braised greens and polenta cake, and the Peruvian potato-crusted salmon ($27). Dining dates, meanwhile, can keep their busy hands doggy-bag-free for a romantic evening of casino implosions and roller-tango with light entrees such as the petite filet mignon ($26) and the crab cakes with house-made tartar sauce ($16). Before capping things off with a dessert of cinnamon-raisin bread pudding ($6) or crispy boysenberry pie ($5), be sure to take a scenic detour among Max's extensive list of wines by the bottle or glass, draft beers, and specialty martinis, including the Pretty Woman ($11), which blends Stolichnaya strawberry, orange juice, and strawberry puree with a champagne float and a lock of Julia Roberts's hair.
Frying fresh catfish, shrimp, and other once-seafaring fillets, Salaam Seafoods charms guests with a menu of southern-influenced fare. The Clovis culinary cabin serves lunch and dinner entrees, placing the spotlight on grilled or fried catfish, snapper, basa, tilapia, and salmon fish (starting at $4.95). At the fryers, bold, spicy catfish takes center stage, whether filleted into four-piece baskets ($6.95) or cut and deep-fried into nuggets of edible treasure ($4.95). Not to be out seasoned, jumbo prawns make their culinary mark on the captain's plate ($9.95), five shrimp backed by the sweet song of hush puppies or another of the 16 side options.
The cuisine at Lin's Fusion is not your typical Chinese buffet. Instead, diners handpick the ingredients for their dishes and watch as chefs cook them all up right before their eyes. First, guests assemble their favorite veggies and proteins. Then they drop their bowls off at the desired cooking station, where chefs stir the ingredients into udon soups or sear them on a hibachi grill. A variety of other stations, including sushi and dim-sim bars, supplement these customizable feasts. Meals can also be punctuated with specialty drinks that range from a hibiscus-tea mojito to the Tiger Milk cocktail, a chilled glass filled with sake, coconut rum, and a mix of tropical fruit juices.