Many Asian nations border the ocean, explaining the prevalence of seafood in their cuisine and mermaid tails on their fashion runways. Explore culinary commonalities with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of dining at Gigi’s Asian Bistro and Dumpling Bar, which will be open on December 25, 2011.
Cooks at Gigi’s Asian Bistro pile plates with sumptuous appetizers, dumplings, and traditional entrees from the Asia-spanning menu. An appetizer such as wok-steamed mussels in ginger-basil broth ($15) gives bellies a taste of undersea eats that doesn’t require diners to bring their own snorkel. Bite-size dim sum comes in a veggie incarnation, with mushrooms and pickled vegetables ($8), or a pork variety, with ginger, napa cabbage, and chili ponzu sauce ($9). Hearty entrees include the seared shanghai rib-eye steak with a soy reduction ($35) and the Malaysian clay pot ($22) of slow-cooked chicken and yellow curry, whose vessel survives the meal to later tell of diners’ ravenous ways. As they dine, eaters might take in Gigi’s lush, Asian-inspired décor, with delicate plants and silk curtains tied by tassels. “I left smiling each time I dined here,” says a Houston Chronicle reviewer. The restaurant is also open Christmas Day.
Gigi's Asian Bistro & Dumpling Bar
Under the direction of local restaurateur Gigi Huang, Gigi's Asian Bistro & Dumpling Bar at the Galleria culls together a variety of culinary traditions. Stepping through the doorway into the sleek dining room, Gigi's provides a passageway for diners to experience the aromas and flavors of modern Asian cuisine. Oftentimes, the eatery's offerings are true to traditional recipes from Vietman, Thailand, and China, such as Peking duck. Other times they offer a twist on classic dishes, such as edamame dumplings and seven-flavor prime sirloin steak.
In the exposed-brick dining area, patrons clasp red-curry shrimp with chopsticks beneath an impressive display of flower blossoms on the ceiling above. Snaking branches stretch out overhead, directing diners’ gazes upward and leading them to believe that the floor is actually the ceiling. A collection of cocktails at the whiskey bar includes the blackberry old fashioned, blood sand, and Gigi's signature lychee martini. Gigi's also hosts an all-you-can-eat dim sum–brunch, letting diners feast on veggie dumplings, chicken and shrimp rolls, and tamarind-glazed spare ribs.