The wok is an essential component of Asian cuisine, as useful for evenly searing meats as it is for scooping sushi out of the Yangtze River. Discover this upturned shield's many uses with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Chinese cuisine and sushi at Friendship Chinese Restaurant, redeemable at the Milwaukee Avenue and Lake Front Drive locations and valid for dine-in (except during fall and winter months for Lake Front Drive), carryout, and delivery at both. The Lake Front Drive location is situated on the downtown lakefront next door to the Columbia Yacht Club and does not offer dine-in service during the fall or winter months.
Friendship Chinese Restaurant's passionate Chinese chef teams with a famed sushi artist to forge a menu of aromatic entrees and inventive maki selections. The wok-tossed five-spice calamari mingles the basil-infused seafood halos with fried pineapple and sweet-and-sour sauce ($8.95) as a tempting introduction to the wok-flashed shredded ginger beef sauteed with baby szechwan long beans ($12.95). Coconut-and-blue-crab-crusted salmon parades atop grilled eggplant and pumpkin teriyaki that fuses tropical flair with Chinese tradition, like steel-drumming in a wok ($14.95). Sushi selections bearing names of the city's staples, such as the Chicago Cubs maki with spicy yellowtail, crab, and tuna bundled with avocado and draped in jalapeño and eel sauce tinge exotic flavors with a feeling of the familiar ($13.95); inventive ingredients such as white tuna, asparagus, and roasted-garlic spinach within the green goddess roll keep taste buds on their toes ($12.95).
The elegant interior of the restaurant's Milwaukee Avenue location lines a lavish waiting area with rows of bronze Buddha heads, only one of which can be pushed to reveal the chef's subterranean fortress. Spotlights on a brushed-copper wall in the dining room seem to set the space ablaze while soft booths lined with metallic upholstery bathe themselves in more suffuse illumination of blue hanging lamps. Although the downtown location does not offer seating during the fall and winter months, its lakeside location lends a peaceful view of Navy Pier ideal for chilly walks by sushi-light.
Friendship Chinese Restaurant
Chefs at Friendship Chinese Restaurant forge their dishes with an intense pride and dedication to the tradition of well-crafted cuisine. Entrees include lamb shank with black mushrooms roasted in a clay pot and a shredded Peking duck with XO brandy sauce. The eatery's authentic Hong Kong street vendor and small cafe-style tastes—along with modern twists—are available for delivery as well as dine-in eating amid the dining room's dark hardwood decor and rows of Buddha-head statues.