Restaurant Week is the perfect occasion to try restaurants that are usually on the pricey side, of course, assuming that they play by the rules and truly offer a menu where the quality will not be sacrificed. So, I was curious to see what China Grill would do for Winter Restaurant Week. Not that this place was unknown to me as I went few times to this elegant restaurant that serves Asian inspired dishes family style. And going with several of my coworkers was ideal as we got to share few dishes. The result? A succulent meal definitely worth the $25 per person tag. First, I appreciated the nice number of dishes proposed, all different, with an option for vegetarians. Second, these dishes were original, in the philosophy of the restaurant, and we're pretty good.
Here is what we shared:
For the appetizers:
Cracking calamari salad with a lime miso dressing (I just wished there was more calamari):
Spicy beef and scallions dumplings with a soy ginger sauce (definitely my favorite: tasty filling in a thin shell that was perfectly cooked):
Lobster pancakes stir-fried with wild mushrooms and smothered in a sauce with red chili, scallions and coconut milk. It was like crepes, but slightly thicker.
For the entrees, we decided not to share and I picked the sake marinated "drunken" chicken, served with sweet crisp onions and an Asian slaw. I admit that I was surprised by the generous size of my dish compared to what my colleagues got, their salmon being small and with no side. It was a good dish: the chicken was perfectly cooked and moist and I loved the crispy onions that were not greasy at all.
And yes, there were sides...We decided to share:
Five vegetable fried rice:
Wasabi mashed potatoes:
Crispy spinach (my favorite and definitely a surprising side):
For dessert, we got a hazelnut and chocolate cake as well as ice cream on a cookie (interesting combination).
The food was fairly good and definitely made me want to go back at China Grill for another round. If you want original Asian flavors, this is definitely a place to know Midtown.
Enjoy (I did)!
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