Nothing like Chinatown, this dramatically vibrant space possesses more opulence than all of the gritty Canal Street haunts stacked together. Set in a generous space (formerly Time Cafe),
the plump shrimp dumplings, which I was permitted to dip in soy sauce, a unique Thai soy offering with sweeter notes than your typical soy sauce.
Wading in a shallow pool of savory brown sauce, the moist black cod was simply tossed with superior quality shitake mushrooms and crisp green asparagus.
Though I’m reluctant to cast even a shadow of negativity on this otherwise outstanding though somewhat fusion-oriented menu, I’d refrain from ordering the Ginger Dragon
cocktail – vodka, ginger, lime juice & simple syrup – until at least after dinner. Its overly saccharine character (I hate to point fingers at the simple syrup) stand to threaten any of the earthy food flavors.
For dessert, I dabbled in a caramelized banana-topped peanut butter parfait surrounded on all sides by peanut brittle and a gentle ginger syrup – officially my new all-time favorite dessert dangerously available until 1 AM seven nights a week – though I’m suspect about its Chinese origin.
Until we eat again,
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