Dining review: Brewery Bhavana pushes the envelope, yet completely makes sense upon arrival

Brewery Bhavana, from the owners of Bida Manda, brings to Raleigh a dim sum restaurant, brewery, flower shop and bookstore. It is one of Bon Appetit’s 10 best new restaurants in the country. By Greg Cox Originally published 8/17/2017 RALEIGH When Vansana and Vanvisa Nolintha opened Bida Manda five years ago, they didn’t just give…

Dining review: Szechuan Heat brings fiery Asian cuisine, if you want to dial up heat

Szechuan Heat is in Cary’s Parkside Town Commons and offers authentic Szechuan cuisines along with other classic Chinese and Asian dishes. By Greg Cox Originally published 8/3/2017 CARY As you enter Szechuan Heat, the first thing that catches your eye – trust me, you won’t miss it – is the column in the middle of…

Szechuan Taste

The restaurant, open since last August in Cary’s Wellington Park shopping center, is an inviting spot with a contemporary Asian decor. You will encounter a veritable glossary of enigmatic names for dishes. By Greg Cox Review originally published 3/12/2017 If you’re a frequent patron of authentic Chinese restaurants, you’ve no doubt come across dishes whose…

Food Truck: Chirba Chirba

Chirba Chirba will make you want to ‘Eat! Eat!’ By Greg Cox Review originally ran 11/10/2016 Chirba Chirba has gone through some pretty major changes since the jaunty yellow food truck with the Buddha-like laughing Chinese dumpling logo first hit the road five years ago. The original four owners, who had become friends while at…

Peng’s Asian Cuisine

Peng’s Asian Cuisine offers extensive traditional menu By Greg Cox Review originally published 9/15/2016 First thing every morning, the chef at Peng’s Asian Cuisine toasts a batch of peanuts. It’s a humble task for a chef whose 30 years of experience includes a stint as head chef at the venerable Crystal Palace on Capital Boulevard before…

East Garden

On course for East Garden’s exotic Chinese menu By Greg Cox Review originally published 7/28/2016 Entering East Garden, you encounter a series of increasingly tantalizing – and ironically, given the restaurant’s name, at times disorienting – clues about the experience that awaits. For starters, the entrance is in the rear of the building as seen…