Wok 'n Fire?named Best Asian Restaurant by West Suburban Living?tantalizes taste buds with a menu bursting with flavors from Chinese, Japanese, Thai, and other Asian cuisines. In their specialties, chefs sear seafood, steak, and chicken with complex flavors in the wok. They craft sashimi and specialty maki rolls, as well as twirling together noodle dishes that range from japanese udon to thai curry noodles and the cantonese noodles used in ancient tugs of war between provinces. Ginger ale and flavored lemonades, both crafted in-house, hydrate throats between bites.
Decor varies across the Asian bistro's locations throughout the western suburbs, but all share dramatic lighting, sleek hardwood floors, and smooth wooden seating that all obey one gravitational constant. Sophisticated accents pervade each location, such as dangling lights that recall bells, sinuous golden dragons undulating across a wall, and partitions that mimic an abacus or twined branches.
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The path through Hibachi Grill Buffet has six checkpoints. The first two are at the salad and fruit stations, where travelers can fill plates with colorful, healthy foods that start meals off on the right foot. An international flair accents the next three stations, with one dedicated to Asian cuisine, another to American cuisine, and yet another to Italian cuisine. Before heading back to the table, eaters can finish off trays with selections from dessert station’s sweets, which typically include self-scoop ice cream. In addition to these six buffet stations, Hibachi Grill Buffet has an area with sushi and an area where cooks grill meats as they’re ordered.
Although Kow Kow Restaurant opened as a small Cantonese carryout eatery in 1949, it quickly amassed a loyal following in West Rodgers Park. As the client base broadened beyond the neighborhood and city limits, the restaurant scaled up to a full dine-in restaurant. In 1989, Kow Kow migrated to its current home in Lincolnwood. Here, owner Don Moy and his wife, Helen, serve up the original location's recipes seven days a week. Beef and chicken gain flavor from oyster sauce, almond ding, or straw mushrooms while sweet-and-sour sauce enriches duck, shrimp, ribs, and scallops. Meatless entrees abound, featuring seasoned vegetables, hand-formed bean cakes, or noodles.
Stepping inside Chef Shangri-La's dining room is like entering a distant tropical trading post. Thatched awnings, woven ceilings, and palm fronds flank Polynesian masks and Easter Island statues while scents of Chinese, Thai, and Japanese cuisine waft with Polynesian aromas from mango- and pineapple-covered meats, barbecue char siu, and spicy sichuan stir-fries. Rock walls and fountains line a tucked-away koi pond, and a separate tiki bar urges guests to while away the hours sipping tropical drinks outfitted with tiny umbrellas that belong to tiny British nannies. As guests sup on meals of japanese noodle soup and tropical pua'a pork, the stage area regales diners with live Hawaiian bands every third Saturday of the month and annual music fests and luaus with DJs, dancers, and Polynesian collectables.
Since 1980, Golden Wok Restaurant's chefs have used zero-trans-fat vegetable oils while preparing spice-filled Cantonese and Mandarin cuisine. At dinner, the restaurant's tables fill with dishes of sizzling barbecue pork egg foo young, chow mein and lo mein, and Cantonese?style lobster tails.