Named a Top 100 Overall Excellence winner at the Top 100 Chinese Restaurants Awards Show, Shanghai Gardens' fiery woks beget a diverse array of traditional Asian cuisine. Szechuan, Shanghai, and Cantonese recipes suffuse sizzling meat and vegetarian dishes with powerful flavor as sushi artisans craft delicate maki and sashimi selections. The dining room accents its marigold walls with framed art and decorative checkered flooring as bartenders mix Polynesian-style cocktails atop the lounge's sleek curved bar, adding a tropical element to Asian cuisine, such as stir-frying on a steel drum.
Sakura embraces the gustatory traditions of Japanese and Chinese cuisine by forging an eclectic menu with vibrant sushi, sizzling hibachi items, and classic Chinese dishes. The hibachi chefs combine showmanship, culinary skill, and fire-safety lectures as they dexterously shuffle chicken, steak, or seafood across a grill erupting with flames, creating toothsome entrees directly in front of their hungry spectators. Meanwhile, kitchen staffers drape double-cooked pork with a spicy hoisin sauce, and sushi-smiths artfully slice fresh, fire-retardant fish for each order of sashimi and roll maki in a cylinder of rice and seaweed.
Within the dining room, crimson walls sport such personalized decorative accents as a stenciling of the restaurant's name and a finger-painting of its business license.
Under a striking canopy of wooden beams, dancers shuffle and slide across the blond hardwood dance floor of Studio One RI's 2,300-square-foot studio. Elegant ballroom routines, sultry salsa exchanges, and down-home country-western steps fill a schedule of morning, evening, and weekend classes. In group and private classes, experienced instructors balance the fun and charm of dance with the precision and complex systems of strings required by its more rigorous forms. Parents and toddlers can tango together in special classes, and youth ages 4 to 16 can soak up the fun, social environment of youth classes.
Though its name evokes Italian cuisine, Cafe Romano supplements its Italian bites with American diner classics. Old-country entrees such as frittatas or a dish of eggs, red bliss potatoes, and meat share space on the breakfast menu with American-style hash browns and eggs. At lunch, diners can dig into housemade lasagna or pastrami sandwiches.
Olly's Pizza, which maintains a vibe reminiscent of the 1950s, appeases grumbling tummies through a diverse menu rich in user-friendly fare. Hungry patrons can construct their own pizzas on thick, thin, or Sicilian crust foundations or choose a specialty pie, such as the shrimp scampi alfredo ($15.29 for a large) or bacon cheeseburger ($13.79 for a large). Beyond the circular realm, Olly's also paints culinary flare across plates stacked with anything from burgers to chicken to seafood to subs. Ice cream cones (small for $2.50) and brownie sundaes ($4.50) are also available, and can be served cold, cool, or cooler than a varsity quarterback with a pool house and a sense of humility.
Tierra Restaurant & Lounge grounds high-flying appetites with a savory menu of Spanish, Italian, and Latin cuisine. Celebrate the recent discovery of seafood by digging into shellfish options such as shrimp swimming laps in extra-virgin olive oil zested with garlic and spices ($7) or a generous pile of pan-fried calamari rings cozily marinating on a mild-and-hot pepper bed ($7). The baked paella bursts from kitchen confines to bedazzle diners with a gentle army of scallops, clams, mussels, and half a lobster, as well as chorizo and chicken, all baked together with Tierra’s moist saffron rice ($19). Tierra's lunch menu addresses midday cravings with afternoon delights including pizza margherita ($10) and caesar salad ($7).
As diners uncork the wines they've brought to Cafe Sowa, chefs busily prepare inventive bistro fare. Those options shift with the seasons, which is appropriate for a restaurant with a sprawling outdoor patio. During the summer, they might include a fresh watermelon salad with feta and cracked pepper or smoked-salmon wrap with capers and dill mayo. An array of desserts also changes with the availability of fresh ingredients, and they those sweets arrive at tables beneath brightly hued rustic paintings.