Last year, we celebrated Ms. Cruiser's birthday at SAAM. This year we went to Chinois on Main. We really love Ms. Cruiser. Obviously.
Chef Wolfgang Puck opened Chinois in 1983. Is it possible that the restaurant has kept the same decor this whole time? You be the judge.
For many years now, people have raved and told me that I should try Chinois. I've avoided the place because of my general aversion to inauthentic Asian food. It seems, however, that I'm kind of a fan these days. What has happened to me?
The Cruisers swore that Chinois was great, and it was Ms. Cruiser's birthday, so we went to the granddaddy of all Asian fusion places.
Well, what the Puck? It was great! If you doubt this like I did, doubt no more! I'm a believer, Wolfie. I'm totally a believer now.
Chinois chicken salad ($19.50).
Sizzling calamari and rock shrimp salad served in a wonton cup with Chinese chili paste ($27.75).
Roasted black cod with spicy miso glaze served in tea leaf ($29.95).
This tasted like your Japanese grandma made it. Translation: oishii! Translation of translation: yummy!
Duck fried rice ($11.00).
Fairly standard yet not! Some damn good glistening grains.
Shanghai lobster with curry sauce and crispy spinach (market price).
"Market price" means "expensive," but it also means "really worth getting" and "best dish of the night" and "this will cause you to be delirious when you reminisce about it and use a lot of quotation marks for no apparent reason."
Stir-fried haricots verts with black bean sauce and garlic ($10.95).
Mr. Monkey and I don't even like green beans that much, and we gobbled these up.
Grilled lamb chops with cilantro vinaigrette, warm potato salad ($48.50).
We skipped dessert and went back to The Cruisers' place nearby for Ms. Cruiser's favorite ice cream cake -- mint chocolate chip.