Referencing a revolving menu of bistro fare, the chefs at Melissa's Main Street Bistro carefully plate grilled seafood and meats with seasonal vegetables and sauces. They braise short ribs and pair them with a choice of starch, vegetable, and sauce, and help linguine win games of hide-and-seek by burying the noodles in the seafood fra diavolo's cornucopia of haddock, calamari, salmon, shrimp, mussels, and lobster. Armed with ladles and small plates, they dole out daily soups and tapas that accent the savory meals. The bar offers glimpses into the kitchen, and the eatery's large windows funnel sunlight from outside, where a maroon awning hovers over flower boxes that pepper the sidewalk as gracefully as a hopscotch course leading to etiquette school.
Rang Indian Bistro is an authentic Indian restaurant serving specialties from Northern and Southern India in a romantic, cozy environment. The menu of curry crusaders and veggie vigilantes includes a multitude of meat, seafood, vegetarian, and rice options. Garlic steals the show using a large sack and getaway car in the garlic naan, baked Indian flatbread speckled with giblets of garlic ($3.95). Once primed, sample the appetizing angularity of vegetable samosas ($2.95), crispy triangular turnovers overloaded with spiced potatoes and peas and perfect for games of samosa table football. Entrees get a luxurious start with the chicken tikka masala, charbroiled chicken tandoori lounging with an entourage of spices in a spa of creamy tomato sauce ($13.95). Curry-crazy feasters can get their fix with the lamb korma, which is doused with fresh cream and tantalizingly texturized with a conga line of nuts and raisins ($14.95).
By using locally sourced meats and produce in tandem with exotic Asian spices, the chefs at Fusion Taste create dishes from regions across the Asian continent. The kitchen specializes in the food of China and Japan, but also features classic Thai, Mongolian, and Polynesian-style meals. Teppanyaki chicken and lightly-fried salmon katsu are served fresh off the grill alongside hearty entrees such as black-pepper beef and Hunan lamb. At the sushi counter, chefs prepare more than 50 different house rolls, including spicy scallop and tuna-avocado. More multicultural dishes such as moo-shi with pancakes and tropical chow mein round out the menu. Presentation is also a major part of Fusion Taste's food: each meal is carefully composed on a square, white porcelain plate, which represents happiness when all of the food disappears from it.
Japanese, Thai, and Korean cuisines equally influence the chefs at U-Me Restaurant and Lounge, helping them devise a menu of pan-Asian cuisine. The chefs capture the elegant simplicity of Japanese sushi by rolling more than 40 individual maki, filling them with everything from grilled lobster and cucumber to fried sweet potato and imported oxygen molecules. Pineapple and basil lend a distinctive fragrance to the thai curries, and korean short ribs emerge with a piquant glaze of chili paste.
The dining areas’ clean white walls, warm wooden tones, and marble sushi bar mimic the menu’s restrained elegance. However, the restaurant adheres to its trans-Pacific roots by featuring framed Eastern artwork along the walls and Asian artifacts above the sushi bar.
The distance between Beijing, China and Tokyo, Japan is roughly 1,300 miles. So, the chances of tasting both regions' cuisines in the same day are slim–unless you're at Sato II in Stoneham, Massachusetts. There, chefs split the menu right down the middle to create a fusion of authentic flavors. The Chinese side of the menu features a section called "Interesting Pan-Fried Dishes," which includes Szechuan spicy beef sautéed with veggies and peanuts in a spicy brown sauce. Sushi specialties anchor the Japan spread, and each is accompanied by miso soup to enjoy or bring home to re-fill a depleted fish bowl. Amid all the exploration of Asian cuisines, dark wood furniture and warm lighting sets a relaxed tone that becomes especially laid-back with live Jazz music on Thursday nights.
Every day, The Daily Scoop dispenses scoops of more than 45 flavors of Richardson's ice cream and Richie's Classic Italian slush. The varieties include customer favorites such as mint chocolate chip and chocolate vanilla swirl, paired with new arrivals such as moose tracks or cookie dough. Ice cream can be blended with novelty candies and syrups from the toppings bar, or be transformed into milkshakes and sundaes. The ice cream can even be molded into custom decorated cakes, which can serve as the centerpiece of party without resorting to pinning the tail on whoever's birthday it is.