I went here with friends for a nice evening dinner this past Sunday. The atmosphere was very nice and semi-upscale. The staff is polite and friendly. I am somewhat starstruck as I got a chance to meet and talk with celebrity chef Ming Tsai! He usually doesn’t work on Sundays, but he was there because of a lower school function. He was friendly and very approachable! Pictures were taken with the camera on my Samsung Behold. It’s only 5.0MP, so sorry for the poor picture quality in advance.
As an amuse bouche we had a fruit soup garnished with sweet pepper and cilantro. It was semi-sweet and very refreshing.
For hors d’eouvres, we ordered the following items off the lounge menu: Edamame in Soy-Yuzu Glaze and Sweet Potato-Taro Fries with Chili Aioli off the lounge menu. The edamame was very tasty with the light lemony soy sauce. The crisp fries were delicious paired with the spicy light mayo. Note that these fries did not have a soft mealy potato center but were very crunchy and slightly salted.
Hawaiian Bigeye Tuna Poke with Crispy Sushi Rice Cake and Peppercross-Tosaka Salad. This was one of my favorites of the evening. The fresh tuna poke paired with the crispy rice at the bottom was fun to eat. The crispy rice reminded me of the rice that adheres to the bottom of the pot when you cooked it a bit too long, a throwback to the times when you didn’t use a commercial rice cooker.
Crispy Confit Orange Chicken Wings with Broccoli Slaw. These were personally suggested to us by Chef Ming Tsai. He explained that when these wings are prepared, they one of the most difficult items to prepare off the appetizer list. Apparently, while the wings are still hot from being confited, the chefs have to pull out the bones. The chicken wings were crisp orangy tender chicken nuggets in your mouth.
Garlic-Black Pepper Lobster with Lemongrass Fried Rice with Pea Tendril Salad with Soy-Ginger Vinagrette was fragrant and the lobster was melt in your mouth tender. This was a nice twist on a more traditional Chinese lobster dish.
Indonesian Curry Pasta with Asian Vegetables and Chopped Peanuts Panko Herb Crusted Chicken Breast
We were so stuffed from all the food that we skipped dessert. Alex brought out some cookies from the Petit Four plate as a complimentary finish. There was a crunchy Maitake Coffee-Chocolate cookie and a Pecan Toffee-Ginger cookie. There’s no picture because I forgot.
I highly recommend coming here to try the food. It was delicious and had many common Asian flavors that I grew up tasting but with a twist! If I return, I’d like to try Ming’s Bings, which are different versions of mini sliders, Foie Gras-Shitake Shumai in Sauternes-Shallot Broth, Tea-Smoked Poussin, Lapchang Sticky Friend Rice with Shallot-Mustard Greens, East-West Sweets, Pistachio Silken Lime Tart, Thai Coconut Martini, Gosling’s Ginger Storm and the Domaine de Canton Cosmopolitan.
583 Washington St
Wellesley, MA 02482