Like romance novels, dumplings fit tempting tidbits into a small but steamy package. Passionately devour cuisine with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of pan-Asian cuisine at Asiana Cafe in Greenwich.
The chefs at Asiana Cafe serve up a multicultural menu of Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, and Malaysian dishes. From the sushi bar, the three musketeers roll challenges to taste buds to a duel with its trio of spicy salmon, spicy tuna, and spicy yellowtail ($12), while general tso's chicken commands chopsticks to stand at attention with an equally piquant flavor ($14). Lemon cream sauce and honey-glazed walnuts embrace the crispy jumbo tempura shrimp entree ($16.50) and the kung bo duo spills chicken and shrimp into an extra-spicy stir fry of peanuts and red peppers ($17.50).
Asiana Cafe satisfies cravings for eastern eats during both the lunch and dinner hours as diners sit among bamboo décor and modern stonework. Outdoor tables allow fresh air to cool smoldering tongues that have stumbled into too much hot curry sauce.
Asiana Cafe specializes in the dazzling side of Chinese, Thai, and Japanese cuisines. Order a sushi roll or sampler platter and you'll be presented with an edible sculpture, as profuse with color, spines, and curves as a coral reef. Other dishes might arrive plated in the form of a small ziggurat, or blooming in the center of sunburst of sauce. The flavors underlying this high art tend to be familiar and accessible, however, so you'll also find takes on Thai coconut curries, General Tso's Chicken, and fried rice. The food and polished atmosphere—slate floors, exposed ductwork, subtle nautical accents such as coiled rope—have won Asiana Cafe a Very Good New York Times rating and a nod in Greenwich Magazine's Best of Greenwich 2014 issue, as well as a place in the hearts and on the sauce-stained ties of many locals.
130 E Putnam Ave.
Greenwich, Connecticut 06830