Eating Chinese food is a safer use for chopsticks than picking lint from electrical sockets or doing crab impressions for angry longshoremen. Feast in security with today’s Groupon to Peninsula China Bistro & Sushi Bar in Cornelius. Choose between the following options:
- For $10, you get $20 worth of Chinese fare and sushi during lunch.
- For $20, you get $40 worth of Chinese fare and sushi during dinner.
Peninsula China Bistro's menu crashes waves of epicurean delight over diners with delicately presented and authentically spiced Chinese dishes. The restaurant's sushi bar yields Neptunian gems such as the marinated baby octopus roll ($6.95), which is saturated in sweet-and-spicy sauce. The tuna tower ($10.25) locks tuna, bonito fish flakes, and ripe avocado together with nothing but one another’s company and the score from Hunchback of Notre Dame. Spicy Southern sa cha sauce cloaks a choice of chicken, beef, or shrimp ($10.95–12.95) with a warming piquant haze, and grouper with black-bean sauce ($17.95) charms epicureans with a crisp, fried exterior and a cornucopia of accompanying veggies. Peninsula’s lush digs provides plentiful spots from which to sip and savor meals, including crimson stools that surround the bar and intimate booth seats upholstered with the pelts of wild fortune cookies.
Peninsula China Bistro & Sushi Bar
Behind the hostess stand, an archaic-looking Japanese painting glows on a sleek black wall. Juxtaposed with chandeliers and black tube lighting around the stand, it echoes the way in which modern and traditional Asian culinary traditions mingle on the menu at Peninsula China Bistro & Sushi Bar. Udon and soba noodles, staples of Eastern cuisine, emerge from steaming pots in the kitchen. Beneath the clouds of billowing warmth, chefs slice scallions and ginger and sprinkle red curry into Thai dishes or the contact lenses of rival chefs.
A floor-to-ceiling fountain murmurs quiet haikus in the dining room, the water passing over rough-hewn stones and into a pool full of lotus flowers. The aquatic sound cuts through the noise of a crackling hibachi grill to hint at the colorful rolls and slices of seafood tucked behind the sushi bar.