Taipei China Bistro's chefs mix up an eclectic menu of sushi, seafood, noodles, and traditional Chinese dishes. Start the taste tour with a deep-fried Vietnamese egg roll ($6.99), four honey-glazed barbecue ribs ($9.29), or six Taipei pork dumplings ($5.99). Fans of delicate seafood can cheer for more than 35 sushi options, including spicy salmon rolls ($6.25) or the spurs roll prepared with shrimp tempura, avocado, tuna, salmon, eel, masago, and scallions ($13.95).
Dragon motifs and red paper lanterns welcome diners to Oriental Gardens Chinese Restaurant and transport them to ancient China. The menu at this family-run eatery includes the expected egg rolls and fried rice dishes in addition to chef specialties such as sizzling steak and Hunan-style lobster tails in a spicy sauce. There are plenty of meatless dishes too, for visiting vegetarians or Bengal tigers eager to know how the other half lives, as well as a handful of kid-friendly finger foods on the children's menu.
In steaming pots and sizzling pans, chefs at China Inn Cafe #2 forge classic Asian dishes teeming with fresh meats, crisp vegetables, and tender noodles. Shrimp gilded with garlic sauce, crispy walnuts, or zesty kung po seasoning nestles in steamy morsels of rice while cuts of beef and chicken sizzle in sweet teriyaki sauce and fresh broccoli. Alongside a wealth of familiar staples, health-focused fare quells sodium content by sautéing seasoning-free chicken and seafood with steamed Chinese greens. At the Cypress location, sushi savants bundle and roll from behind their transparent sushi bar before plating delicate rolls, sashimi masterpieces and self-portraits made of ginger and rice.
The River Oaks sushi stop serves up fresh seafully inclined fare for lunch and dinner daily. For dinner, start with an order of salt-and-pepper shrimp (jumbo shrimp stir-fried with sweet sautéed onions, $7) or the southern-battered fried oysters ($7) with cocktail and tartar sauce. Nigiri selections such as super white tuna ($3.50) or unagi ($2.50) pepper the sushi menu alongside elegant rolled treats such as the tiger-eye roll ($7.50) filled with smoked salmon, cream cheese, jalapeño, and spicy mayonnaise, and the signature Fins roll ($9), an inside-out roll with spicy crab and tuna, topped with masago, green onion, more crab, and more tuna. Elegant entrees will please the forkfully inclined, including the miso-marinated sea bass ($25) with stir-fried fresh veggies and the juicy rib-eye steak ($25) served with the chef's daily side.
The award-winning Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot serves authentic, healthy fare spun from long-standing traditional techniques. A popular Chinese dish, hot pot is a palate-expanding experience in which diners dunk a rotating display of fresh meats and vegetables into a scorching broth. The savory broth bubbles in an induction heater at each table, cooking the meats and veggies in a fashion similar to that of fondue and hot tubs.
Culinary connoisseurs May and Eddie Chan whip up their pan-Asian and Hunan-styled eats in a chic eatery adorned with modern lines, exposed brick, and exotic floral arrangements. Midday grazers can settle into the sleek dining room for lunch before slapping on a hardhat and constructing their meal from two courses served with brown, white, or fried rice. Kick off gastronomical jaunts with a choice of appetizer, including fried cheese wontons, a crispy Buddha egg roll, and miso tofu soup. Then pair starters with comestible choices such as sesame-crusted chicken or chinatown roast duck. Hot-tempered tongues are cooled off with a vietnamese iced coffee before getting riled up once more with pearl jasmine tea.
During dinner, diners can warm up for a marathon meal with wonton-dumpling soup. Giant plates of honey-walnut shrimp and grilled teriyaki salmon placate more carnivorous appetites and can be sacrificed to the family of hungry bears prowling the restaurant. Kick off a mouth party with beef chow fun or inspire taste buds to hit the flavor dance floor with Asian BBQ baby-back ribs and steamed Chinese broccoli in oyster sauce.