Chaat Paradise takes its name from a celebrated Indian street-food tradition, hinting at the colorful smorgasbord of small plates and delicacies found on the restaurant’s menu. Predating modern America's tapas and food-truck crazes by several decades, chaat traces its origins to the markets and roadsides of northern India, where travelers would satisfy their hunger with savory bites of masalas, samosas, and paneer. Along with the restaurant's extensive snack menu, a delicious array of flatbread feasts and vegetarian entrees tempts diners with meat-less curries, creamy dals, and paratha loaves stuffed with $20 bills.
The chefs at Bijan Restaurant draw in flavors from the Mediterranean’s coasts and stir them together to produce their eclectic menu. Their core menu focuses on Persian cuisine, including classic charbroiled kebabs and lamb shank, but they expand the borders of their culinary ventures to include greek salads, italian pastas, and pesto-bedecked pizzas.
In the separate bar and lounge, the very air tastes of distant lands, each table topped with an ornate, delicate glass hookah. Staffers fill the vessels with flavorful liquids as guests relax on plush couches or absorb the technicolor rays of flat-screen TVs. Colorfully painted walls provide a backdrop for details of intricate patterns, from polka-dot tile patterns to a portrait of a zebra donning its traditional jailhouse garb.
Ono Hawaiian BBQ brings the island to the mainland with tender meats soaked in made-from-scratch marinades. Chefs hand roll chicken katsu in panko bread crumbs to give it a fresh, crispy texture, and assemble generous portions of crispy shrimp, island whitefish, and barbecue chicken in the seafood mix.
If you stop by Harumi Sushi between Monday and Thursday, you can get a sake bomb with your monkey brain. Both names might sound a tad alarming, but they're hardly literal: the sake bombs consist of a shot of sake dropped into a cup of beer, and the monkey brain is an appetizer of mushrooms, each deep-fried and stuffed with spicy tuna.
Other names on the menu are more honest. The rainbow roll, for example, does indeed flaunt several colors—its snow crab and avocado filling is decorated with different slices of raw fish. The staff arranges the orange blossom roll into the shape of a blooming flower, while the salmon wrapped around the rice lends orange to the presentation. And, the flaming dragon roll's combination of yellowtail, snow crab, shrimp, and tuna is actually cooked in fire, rather than simply tricked out in racecar flame decals.
Besides its rolls, the restaurant also cooks up Japanese dishes such as udon soups and teriyaki-flavored meats. Its bento boxes allow guests to sample a bit of everything, with compartments for chicken teriyaki, tempura vegetables, and sashimi or a California roll.
At Stepz, professional Bollywood dance instructors imbue students of all ages with dance moves inspired by Eastern India. They foster an environment of support and encouragement as dancers soak up fundamental foot positions and learn to express themselves through fluid movements and flowing hand gestures. Students looking to shed excess pounds can speed up routines in one-hour aerobics classes, which lead groups though rigorous dance routines specifically designed to tone muscle.
Eating a burger with chopsticks is normally frowned upon. At FireWok Express, however, nobody will judge you if you try. In fact, the eclectic menu, which nestles meaty American sandwiches next to classic Asian eats, almost encourages such brash experimentation. In addition to serving up Chinese dishes, such as kung pao chicken and mandarin beef, the kitchen staff prepares five types of burgers made with America’s beloved Angus beef, which is the only food item mentioned in the Bill of Rights. They also offer a create-your-own entree option that allows customers to glaze chicken, pork, or beef with a choice of six homemade sauces, including general tso sauce, which also graces the eatery’s Firewok burger.