BD's takes the salad-bar concept one step beyond: Rather than just assembling a plate of greens, you choose from an assortment of raw meats and vegetables, douse them with flavored oils and sauces, sprinkle on an assortment of spices, nuts, and seasonings, and hand the whole shebang over to cooks manning an enormous 600-degree steel grill. Recipe cards are provided for the unimaginative.
As proof of pho's meteoric rise in popularity, this suburban pho house is winning the hearts and bellies of noodle newcomers. In addition to the house-made beef and chicken-based noodle soups, the menu here features typical starters like spring and summer rolls, papaya salad, crepes, and banh mi sandwiches. The menu also features the usual mix of grilled meat-topped broken rice or noodle dishes.
Situated on a quiet end of the Warehouse District, this mostly Northern Indian restaurant is a boon for downtown office workers seeking an adventurous lunch, and for residents desiring a happy alternative to some of the neighborhood's pricier dining rooms. Favorites like chicken tandoor, lamb norma, and freshly baked naan are flavorful and satisfying. A $6.99 lunchtime buffet is a speedy bargain.
Since opening at Beachwood's posh lifestyle center Legacy Village, this Asian bistro has been turning heads as much for its splashy décor as for its food — a collection of Southeast Asian staples like pho, pad Thai and many other noodle, rice, and stir-fry dishes. In the process, Gia Lia gives Eastsiders an elegant space to sip, twirl, and spoon up some approachable Asian grub.
Having worked at famed Nobu, chef Dante Boccuzzi had lofty aspirations when creating Ginko, his subterranean sushi restaurant that sits below the chef's eponymous Dante. As a result, Ginko is a paean to fish, most of it raw, some of it rolled, all of it exceptional. Diners seated at one of the two booths can also enjoy shabu shabu, Japanese-style fondue. Beer, wine, and sake are available.
Located on the second floor of Asian Town Center, this Korean restaurant is bright, modern, and roomy. Meals begin with cups of nutty barley tea and a huge spread of panchan: pungent side dishes that range from fiery kimchi to steamed broccoli. Miega prepares its flavorful kalbi and bulgogi atop a tabletop hot plate. The galbi dolsot bibimbap — rice, beef, veggies, and a fried egg served in a sizzling earthenware bowl — is one of the best in the city.
This sharply renovated Asiatown restaurant presents Vietnamese food fans with another worthwhile option. Starring beautiful broths, crispy banh mi, and sticky rice topped with all matter of meat and veggies, the food here will doubtless earn its share of followers.
Essentially a carry-out-only affair, Taste of Kerala specializes in South Indian food. Bright, cheery and tidy, the storefront shop offers made-to-order fare like chicken biryani, chicken curry, and goat curry. Like other South Indian eateries, this one devotes a large portion of the menu to vegetarian dishes, including steamed idli with sambal or chickpea curry. Rather than rice, dishes here are served with chapati, wheat flatbread.
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