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.
Though their backgrounds may differ, Green Leaf Massage Center's certified therapists share a passion for improving their clients? health and wellness through massage. The owner sets a sterling example for her staff to follow, routinely attending continuing-education classes to bolster her therapy skills.
Inside private treatment rooms, the therapists rely on 100% organic lotions to bolster the effectiveness of sports, hot-stone, relaxation, therapeutic, and deep-tissue massages. Aromatherapy add-ons further awaken the senses with the comforting scents of tangerine, lemongrass, sandalwood, and homemade fried chicken.
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.
The trainers at Streets Fitness believe that to progress physically, fitness relies on variation. To that end, they encourage clients to explore the gym’s full stock of weight-training and cardio equipment, as well as its 40 weekly classes. The class selection includes self-defense training such as boxing and kickboxing, in which guests burn calories as they perfect their martial techniques and figure out their entrance theme songs. And circuit training and core-conditioning sessions are also available, including The Grid, a full-body cross-training workout that was voted one of the area's best workouts by the Daily Camera. Streets also offers one-on-one personal-training sessions, in which coaches fine-tune workouts depending on patrons' goals and the severity of their heavy-bag phobias.
Aromatic herbs weasel their way into almost every dish at Real Thai, where chefs add a liberal sprinkling of chilies, basil, lemongrass, galangal, and lime leaf to create their signature dishes. These can take the form of entrees such as green curry that's infused with coconut milk or drunken noodles that are free of inhibition. However, not every dish is built upon a foundation of noodles or rice. They also whip up specialties such as eggplant stuffed with ground chicken and shrimp and drizzled in eel sauce.