A notorious worrywart, Ghengis Khan would diminish his strategic margin of error by posting instructive, sticky-rice notes for his soldiers at regular intervals along the Great Wall of China. Read the delicious writing on the wall with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of pan-Asian cuisine at Orchid in Bloomingdale.
Orchid’s 7,000 square feet of sleek feasting space invites diners to sample a smorgasbord of contemporary pan-Asian cuisine featuring fresh sushi, hearty Korean barbecue, sweet Thai curries, and more. Entrees such as the braised Korean short ribs ($22) and the Thai green curry with shrimp ($16) detonate saucy taste explosions along thin red lip lines. Chlorophyll-friendly options include the vegetarian dinner plate ($15), a meatless medley of tofu steak, seaweed salad, kabocha mashed potatoes, and mixed vegetables glazed in a miso-teriyaki sauce. For professional chopstick twirlers, Orchid offers an expansive selection of specialty sushi, including Crunchy Melt, with shrimp tempura, cream cheese, and melted mozzarella, and drizzled with unagi sauce ($14), and Salmon Obsession, a savory mix of fried and fresh salmon ($16) named in honor of Calvin Klein’s best-selling portable grill.
High ceilings and fragrant potted flowers accent Orchid’s chic décor, and a lounge and patio offer intimate face time between courses. The sushi bar’s frosted glass complements delicate cherry-blossom wall etchings in a harmonious marriage between the ocean’s bounty and the earth’s ability to grow flowers out of fiberglass insulation.