It seems like this is one of the restaurants leading Mills 50 area revival. In just over a year there has been tremendous growth of restaurants spouting up along the busy Mills Ave. From my last visit here to now there have been some subtle changes.
Gone are the bright shiny iPads. Wonder what happened to that? It seems like a standard Point of Sale system has taken foothold. The beer selection is still huge and the wine list is still sparse. The food remains center stage with flavors turned down a notch. Although, I should add flavors are a happy medium from authentic tastes to a broader appeal. No wonder this place is the darling of the incrowd. It has struck a delicate balance.
This being the capital of Asian small plates, 6 of us dug in.
Chow Faan – Traditional Chinese fried rice with shrimps, char siu, chicken, onions, and eggs prepared without soy sauce. Good balance of flavors.
Crispy Roast Pork “Siu Yoke” – Tender seasoned pork roasted to a crisp and served with Hoisin Sauce. Nice texture.
Hot Iron Mussels – Fresh mussels tossed in extra virgin olive oil, mashed garlic, and sea salt then topped with fresh basil. Nice flavor balance.
Lettuce wraps – Stir fried shitake mushrooms, water chestnuts, carrots, bean curd, garlic, and ginger with Korean Bulgogi Beef, garnished with rice sticks. Fresh, cool, crisp, good balance of sweetness.
Malaysian Chicken Satay – Skewers of chicken in Malaysian marinade and grilled. Good flavors and texture.
Pad Thai – Stir fried rice noodles with shrimps, chicken, eggs, bean sprouts, carrots, scallions, and red chili peppers topped with crushed roasted peanuts. Good balance of sweet and sour.
Pork Choppettes – Boneless bite-sized pork tenderloin fried to a golden crisp and tossed in signature five spiced sauce. Good texture and flavor.
Roasted Duck – One of China’s staple dishes, roasted to perfection and garnished with spring onions. Good texture and crispiness.
Chicken Wings – Battered and fried with sweet and sour sauce. Nice plumpness and crispiness.
The atmosphere created in this modern eatery is very welcoming and inviting. The small plate concept has definitely transpired to Asian cuisine. Go order up a bunch of plates and sample away.