• For $10, you get $20 worth of Asian cuisine during lunch from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. • For $20, you get $40 worth of Asian cuisine during dinner from 3 p.m. until 11 p.m. Diners who redeem their Groupon Thursday, Friday, or Saturday after 8:30 p.m. receive complimentary edamame and sake.
A "tuk tuk" (pronounced "took took") is a type of three-wheeled taxi service commonly found in Thailand. It's used by tourists as well as locals, who appreciate the speed and convenience. Westminster's Tuk Tuk Thai Bistro tries to capture the above qualities in a restaurant, and it largely succeeds. But there's a certain elegance to Tuk Tuk that you might not expect to find on the streets of Bangkok. The kitchen takes typical street foods and classes them up, resulting in a menu that seems both familiar and adventurous.
Though Pearl Wok's chefs specialize in the cuisine of China's Hunan region, they're savvy enough put their spin on other Chinese-American classics. Patrons eagerly share platters of glistening general tso's chicken, wrap mu-shu pork in savory pancakes, and inhale the fragrance of coffee-smoked duck before deliberating over which type of donut would best sop up its juices. Chefs also sear scallops and shrimp on sizzling hot plates and ladle vegetables over crispy, pan-fried, and boiled noodles. Drinks that range from creamy thai iced tea to the sweet Singapore Sling cocktail punctuate meals with flavor, and then desserts such as strawberry fried cheesecake or red bean ice cream neutralize palates with sweetness.
At Ooka Sushi, the chefs satisfy practically any Asian-cuisine craving, not just those for artfully prepared and presented sushi and sashimi. They also slow cook broccoli and bell peppers in a thick Thai peanut curry, marinate duck meat in Chinese fire spices and fry it to a golden crisp, and deep fry shrimp in tempura batter.
As its name suggests, Zo Sushi and Thai specializes in both Japanese and Thai cuisine. With 30 specialty rolls on the menu, however, sushi truly earns its top billing. Chefs prepare all manner of unique and delicious options, from Zo's black and white roll with eel, cream cheese, and wasabi cream sauce to baked pizza rolls featuring a medley of crab, cucumber, and masago. They don't forget about vegetarians, either—they've put together a separate sushi selection that includes a veggie tempura option chockfull of cucumber, avocado, and asparagus tempura. The focus on sushi doesn't mean Thai cuisine gets short shrift at Zo, though. Cooks toss chicken, beef, tofu, or shrimp into myriad Thai classics, from mild yellow curry to stir-fries of broccoli and oyster sauce.
At Japon—in business for more than 18 years—chefs slice the freshest cuts of fish and assemble platters of traditional sushi. Tender toro and barbecue eel drape over little mounds of sticky sushi rice, arriving at tables alongside creative rolls drizzled with housemade sauces and lined with bright avocado. Adventurous eaters can opt for a colorful sashimi plate, packed with cuts of octopus, white tuna, and seaweed treasure maps.