East Palace Buffet Restaurant solves diners' common problem of not knowing what to order by allowing them to taste a little bit of everything. During lunch and dinner buffets, diners can fill their plates with small samples or generous servings of freshly prepared shrimp tempura, beef and veggie dishes, and fried rice, with as many return trips as their stomach or competitive-eating coach desires. For those with a singular craving, the restaurant also offers an à la carte menu with a slate of non-buffet options, such as spicy-tuna sushi rolls and chicken tempura, all served tableside.
When China invaded Tibet, Thondup and Dolma Tsering's family escaped to India, and the two children enrolled in school for Tibetan children. They graduated and eventually moved to the United States in 1997, where they founded a business that would celebrate their culture: Lhasa Cafe. Today, as the cafe celebrates it's tenth anniversary, chef Tenzin Tsewang leads the staff at the restaurant, and Thondup and Dolma can still be found helping out around their authentic Tibetan restaurant on weekends. In the kitchen, chef Tenzin and Namdol cook all dishes to order and make dumplings in-house from scratch; they use only fresh ingredients and refuse to use MSG or decorative glitter.
The staff follows recipes according to the Tibetan culinary tradition, which incorporates subtle seasoning and a lot of ginger, garlic, and the emma peppercorn. There?s also an emphasis on yak meat, which is lean and low-cholesterol and tastes comparable to beef. It takes center stage in dishes such as traditional mo-mo dumplings, pan-fried noodle dishes, and stews. Also on the menu: vegetable dumplings, vegetarian noodle soups, and lamb and chicken curries.
Fresh sushi rolls add Japanese flair to Beijing Garden's primarily Chinese menu, characterized by a wealth of beef, pork, and poultry dishes flanked by chow mein noodles and fried rice. Spicy kung pao chicken and Szechuan-style lamb treat palates to a fire-ringed culinary obstacle course, and vegetarian selections, such as bean curd with black mushrooms, neatly satisfy villains bent on slowly eating all the world's plants. The sushi bar, open Monday–Saturday, serves slices of fresh sashimi alongside special maki rolls containing spicy salmon, eel, and shrimp tempura.
At Butterfly Chinese Restaurant, guests dine on elegant entrees of boneless spare ribs and spicy hunan chicken, dainty dim sum plates, or a spread of authentic regional Chinese specialties. Diners can also feast on morsels of double-cooked sichuan pork or crispy roasted cantonese duck or chow down on vegetarian meals, such as eggplant with garlic sauce or general tso's tofu.
Though it may sound like a panda's wildest dream, Bamboo Garden is about so much more than leafy greens. This Chinese restaurant in Windsor features dozens of traditional dishes?some sweet, many spicy, and all worth a try. The chef's favorites include twice-cooked fish, wood- and tea-smoked duck, and crispy walnut prawns served in a conveniently edible basket. Speaking of convenience, the menu is helpfully divided into sections based on the type of meat used and which flavor of Mountain Dew it goes best with.
Luen Hop Chinese Restaurant fills pint- and quart-size cartons with takeout staples including soft lo mein noodles, fried rice, and well-sauced cuts of seared pork, chicken, and beef. Roasted duck—a house specialty—complements mixed vegetables with its crisp skin and tender meat, and tofu and chicken surrender to sweet and spicy sauces during General Tso's good-cop-bad-cop routine.