Before sushi proved how delightful rolled-up food could be, fish had been served folded over rice and woven into a basket. Give up pointless weaving with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Japanese cuisine at Ming's Bistro in Davidson.
Ming's Bistro crafts elegant raw rolls and traditional Japanese and Chinese dishes in an casual, family-friendly atmosphere. Starters such as steamed shrimp dumplings ($4.95) and scallion pancakes ($2.95) prime marauding maws to tackle Ming's staggering selection of fresh rolls, including the Futomaki ($5.25), which deftly rolls yellow pickle, yama gobo, cucumber, avocado, egg, and a crab stick into one flavorful bite. Indulge eyeballs with a feast of their own by ordering one of the chef's exquisitely crafted sushi specialties, such as the dinosaur roll ($14.50), which upsets evolution by splicing soft shell crab with eel, avocado, barbecue sauce, and spicy mayo. Chef's specialties include a chicken and shrimp supreme ($10.95), which spotlights sliced white-meat chicken and jumbo shrimps as a swaying chorus of snow peas, red peppers, and water chestnuts harmonize amidst a rich white sauce.
Chopstick-wielding cherubs can stop table-drumming long enough to sample pint-sized portions from the kids' menu, and full-grown thirsts can sip from Ming's wide selection of imported beverages. Tsingtao, Tiger, and Kirin beers ($3.50 each) grease pleased palates, and an array of delicate sakes luxuriates among the sun-drenched dining room's sleek, modern décor.