Overwhelmed by Chinese fare's beauty and deliciousness, Marco Polo had himself blindfolded and navigated the East by shouting his name out loud. Discover seductive savories with today's Groupon: for $30, you get $60 worth of upscale Asian fusion fare and drinks at Chen Chow Brasserie in Birmingham.
Chefs at Chen Chow Brasserie put a contemporary spin on Asian cuisine, yielding a menu of fusion dishes lauded as “complex” and “beautifully composed” in The Detroit Free Press. Warm up shy palates with a hot introduction to culinary A-listers such as the grilled, braised, then roasted boneless pork ribs ($12), served with sake mustard and ringed by edible red-velvet ropes. For the main course, forks can set sail into surf-centric fare such as pomegranate-ginger salmon, which floats atop waves of coconut rice, braised kale, and candied ginger ($25). Slice into sushi rolls such as spicy tuna maki ($8) or the rock and roll ($11), a cylinder of barbecued eel and avocado doused in eel sauce and liquefied guitar solos. Patrons can also sample libations including signature cocktails ($12 each) or sip wine and sake under the warm, golden glow of a lantern-like central light.
Chen Chow Brasserie
Chen Chow Brasserie's executive chef experimented with gigs as a musician and pro BMX rider before he discovered the culinary arts. After settling on this new career path, he wrangled a team of like-minded chefs to help craft a menu of inventive Asian-inspired cuisine, including miso-infused Chilean sea bass with crispy udon noodles and togarashi-blackened steak fillet. They also craft sushi rolls loaded with exotic ingredients such as forbidden black rice and brûléed salmon, and they occasionally hand over the reins to local celebrities, who design limited-edition maki rolls for charity. In addition to these eclectic morsels, the restaurant curates a collection of rare teas and sakes.
These Asian-fusion meals populate tables in a modern, ornately decorated dining room. Here, a recessed ceiling anchors scroll-shaped lighting fixtures that cast their silhouettes across a backlit wall. Circular booths facilitate hassle-free conversations or games of four-way patty-cake.