There's no question to the appetizing aroma that greets diners when they step foot inside any Masala Wok location. After all, masala is where the restaurant gets its name and the password to each location's private nap room. This vibrant blend of ground spices is one of the essential ingredients used to stir-fry the Thai-, Chinese-, and Indian-influenced dishes on the menu . This culinary tour of the Far East touches on spring rolls, chicken kabobs, curries, sides of garlic naan, and dozens of other dishes that diners can pair with a hot chai tea or cool mango lassi.
If Mighty Khan's Mongolian Grill had a menu that listed every possible combination for its stir-fry creations, it would literally be thousands of items long. That's because the restaurant puts diners in the driver's seat, letting them hand-select and painstakingly interview each ingredient that goes into their meal. Dishes typically get built around top-grade meats and fresh seafood. Then, more than 20 vegetable options further customize creations, as do sauces that Mighty Khan's staff makes fresh daily. When diners aren't feeling creative, the restaurant also provides instructions for building their time-tested specialty bowls, such as the spicy cilantro lime bowl and the mild tangy citrus bowl.
With its slickly designed dining room and its sprawling selection of Thai, Chinese, and Japanese cuisine, it's no wonder Hunan East Restaurant is a favorite among families and groups. Whether craving a meal that's spicy or sweet, made of sushi or steak, housed on noodles or in soup, visitors can crack open the Hunan menu and find the meal they desire. At the bar, flanked by glowing glass panels of ethereal pink and indigo, mixologists offer up liquid pairings for each entree, curating a shelf of spirits, beers, and wines.
Traditional Asian dishes such as egg rolls, pad thai, and crab rangoon may be among the most popular at Hunan Village, but they represent only a small portion of its menu. Other sections are devoted to chow fun (a flat rice noodle), poultry- and beef-based dishes, and scallops and shrimp. Plus, there are dishes that accommodate vegetarian diets—think bean sprouts and eggplant—as well as Weight Watchers regimens.
As the most populous city in the world, Shanghai has been shaped by travelers and settlers from all over. This is particularly evident in the city's food, which has been influenced by the culinary styles from both the northern and southern regions of China, as well as dishes from throughout the entire continent of Asia. This cultural integration holds true at Shanghai Café, where the chefs use recipes the Hu family has spent the past half-century perfecting. These recipes follow various Shanghai cooking principles—for instance, the original flavors of meats and fish are allowed to shine through rather than being drowned out by heavy marinades or sauces that are too sweet or salty.
Though the recipes are traditional, they respect modern, healthful eating habits by incorporating natural broths and stocks and limiting the use of oil. Some of the restaurant's signature dishes include boiled dumplings, steamed pork buns, and dim sum—a Shanghai staple. In the spirit of Shanghai's pan-Asian tendencies, the menus also include Thai dishes, such as pad kee mao (drunken noodles), nigiri, sashimi, and maki.
At Cee Fine Thai Dining, chefs assemble stunningly arranged plates of authentic Thai fare, separating meals and sauces for an interactive dining experience, or arranging disparate components in an artful stack to create a new twist on a familiar dish. This culinary runway show honors Thailand's cooking traditions at every turn, earning kudos from the Washington Post for serving "food that tastes as good as it looks." Flavors such as sweet yellow pineapple complement the spicy red sauce of a roasted-duck curry, and tableside clay pots throw aromatic steam diners’ way to announce a mélange of shrimp, mussels, and rice. Whether enjoyed on the patio or amid the dining room's ripe orange walls, luscious desserts including key-lime pie conclude meals on a tropical note. The restaurant also hosts live music, wine tastings, and cooking classes, helping diners liberate inner chefs and pent-up running men.