If two heads are better than one, then two cuisine-noggins fused into one restaurant-body are better than one. Polycephalify your palate with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $35 worth of Asian-Latin cuisine and drinks at Señor Wong, a downtown eatery of epicurean hybridism that expands cultural palates. Up to two Groupons can be used per person, but only one per visit.
Offering one of the most memorable dining experiences in the Twin Cities, Señor Wong's talented cuisine crafter Cody Monson whips up a menu of Asian and Latin dishes with more flavor and pizzazz than a professional samba dancer pushing a wheelbarrow of cumin. Amid an alluring, dimly lit, Asian-tinged décor, peckish patrons can backpack through the Asian parts of Mexico and the Mexican parts of Asia, all in a single dinner. A starter of Szechwan dumplings (filled with pork, shrimp, jalapeño, and green onions, $6.50) offers a nice juxtaposition to pollo al pastor tacos with pineapple-habañero pico de gallo ($10.50). Likewise, house specials are divided evenly betwixt south-of-the-borders such as the molé pork ($22) and east-of-the-suns like the yuzu Cointreau duck ($21), a peppercorn-encrusted breast of Daffy served and sauced over ginger sweet-potato spatzle and black sesame tempura mushrooms. A dessert of Kahlua brownie ($6) will top your feast with a gooey finishing move that doesn't require a lot of complicated button-mashing.
Nibbling noshers and trend-setting squirrels, meanwhile, can stick strictly to smaller plates such as the Korean short ribs with a side of kimchi ($8) or Peruvian-style rock shrimp ceviche ($10), pairing each with one of the premium sake and small-batch wines from Señor Wong's fully stocked bar. Boasting a bevy of tongue-stimulating cuisines, Señor Wong will blindside even the most discerning palates with the kind of tasty shocks that are usually only achieved with electrified sauerkraut. Reservations are recommended, so call ahead or deliver it via interpretive dance.
Not valid on major holidays.
- Its roots lie in a ritual that Son Truong and roommate Bobby Wong conducted for years, a weekly pig-out session jammed by their friends and fueled by Wong's beef-chorizo tacos. From those get-togethers, an unlikely but amusing culinary mixed marriage -- a little Asian, a little Mexican -- was hatched. Not that Señor Wong is treading untested waters, since both sides of the menu (the kitchen's predilections definitely teeter toward the Wong half of the equation) don't really mingle. No Szechuan-style tostadas here. – Rick Nelson, Star Tribune
- Had the lamb tacos, black bean croquetas, arctic charr and dumplings. All very tasty…Definitely be back next time we catch a show or wild game...one of the only 6 or 7 good restaurants downtown St. Paul. – OpenTable user who dined on 04/04/2010
- A wonderful, eclectic menu will draw me back for another meal soon! – OpenTable user who dined on 04/12/2010
SW Craft Bar
Chorizo, chihuahua cheese, lemongrass, and bamboo shoots are equally at home in SW Craft Bar kitchen, where the executive chef fills the menu with Asian Mexican fusion plates. Tacos topped with barbacoa or smoky black beans join entrees such as szechwan steak stir-fry served with jasmine rice. SW Craft Bar also pairs more traditional bar bites, such as what the Star Tribune thinks “might be the best sweet potato fries in town,” with 25 draft craft beers from breweries such as Surly Brewing Co. and Summit Brewing Company. Vegan and vegetarian options are also available. Weekly special events such as trivia and karaoke further foster the laid-back pub vibe, as patrons can sample sakes or sing lullabies to the Paloma En Fuego cocktail, which mixes Hornitos Reposado tequila, serrano pepper, grapefruit soda, hopped grapefruit bitters, limeade, and smoked salt rim.
111 Kellogg Blvd. E
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55101Get Directions