The chefs at R2 Restaurant cook up a menu of East-meets-West fusion fare paired with hot and cold specialty drinks. Dining duos can assuage hunger pangs or attempt to teach other the true meaning of Christmas by sharing starters such as the paper-wrapped chicken or fried tofu. West-leaning appetites are sated with entrees including a seafood alfredo pasta or hot panini, while Eastbound palates can opt for pork fried rice or a curry rice dish. The customizable meals let diners express themselves via choices of rice or pasta, buttered corn or mixed vegetables, a trio of three savory meats, and drizzlings of black pepper, mushroom, or garlic sauce. A generous 24-ounce glass of 1 of 14 different types of iced tea pairs the intricately spiced entrees with exotic flavors such as lychee and plum, and the green boba milk tea lets diners take swift midmeal sips of dairy-infused liquid without toting along their own zip-locked bags of nacho cheese.
Mediterranean Express Grill’s menu lists fresh, traditional Mediterranean plates augmented with exciting new flavors. Aromas from mahi-mahi, spicy soudjouk, and hungarian beef arouse olfactory bulbs and awaken the sleeping beast of tummy grumbles. The persian koubideh beef ($7.75) and cornish hen ($8.95) surround themselves with salad, pita bread, and a choice of fries, rice, or olive branch, and falafel pita and gyro sandwiches snuggle against a bed of fries or salad ($6.49). Fill unoccupied hands with the mediterranean grilled cheese or spicy soudjouk panini ($5.99 each) before filling an empty purse with hummus or garlic fries ($2.35/small). The menu indexes meat-centric and vegetarian dishes harmoniously, so plant-eating folks are welcome to indulge.
The cooks at A&J Hot Point Hot Pot lay the foundation of a delicious, belly-warming meal—the broth—at your table. The rest of the work, they leave to you. The soup remains at a simmer while you submerge the ingredients of your choice, ranging from meats to a variety of veggies. As you dip these morsels into the stew, it simultaneously cooks and flavors them in traditional Chinese dining style.
The broth menu itself is international in scope. Choices range from a Mongolian herbal mix to soups tinged with Korean kimchi and Japanese coconut curry. Some, such as the hot and spicy or spicy chicken broth, add additional fire. Guests dunk unlimited bites into the hot pot during all-you-can-eat lunches and dinners, then balance out the heat with a dessert of ice cream or a nice bowl of cold broth.
The specialty pho at Pho Island Express spoons helpings of beef, filet, mignon, or chicken into steaming, aromatic noodle broths, which guests are encouraged to loudly slurp to best taste the flavors or irritate fellow diners. They also cover the colder end of the spectrum, pouring green tea with lychee jelly and frosty milk drink with honey boba, pudding, and caramel. But that's not to say they don't touch on more solid fare—their vermicelli salad bowl hosts a choice of grilled beef, chicken, pork, or shrimp seasoned with lemongrass.
Inside The James Robert Salon, stylist Tangie Probert chats with clients to determine their hair needs and wants. Armed with this information, the seven-year styling veteran is able to snip strands, add highlights or color, and arrange hair into flattering styles.