Are you tired of the same mediocre Chinese restaurants? Do you want to try something different and unique?
Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar, a leading innovator in the upscale casual dining space known for its from-scratch kitchen and assertive bar program, is spicing up their menu this December with a slew of new Asian-inspired dishes. Launching at all restaurants in the Lazy Dog family on December 5th, the dishes expand upon the Asian flavors already present on the menu with offerings that find inspiration from Vietnamese, Thai, Indonesian, Chinese, Hawaiian, and Japanese cuisines.
“Both Executive Chef Gabe Caliendo and I have always had a passion for the intricate flavors of Asian cuisine, and wanted to build upon our current offerings with dishes that go a bit deeper into that sector,” Says Chris Simms, CEO & Founder of Lazy Dog. “We’re constantly thinking about how we can continue evolving the menu to keep things fresh and on-point with, or ahead of, dining trends, and these dishes reflect that mission.”
To start, diners can enjoy Dim Sum, a duo of dumplings including steamed handmade shrimp shumai and pork potstickers served with a sesame soy dipping sauce ($8.25).
Larger plates include Beef & Broccolini featuring tender flank steak, al dente broccolini and carrots tossed in a spiced sweet soy and sesame sauce reminiscent of Indonesian flavors ($14.95); along with BBQ Pork Fried Rice, which blends tender shredded Chinese BBQ pork with scrambled egg, rice bean sprouts, peas, sweet bell peppers, green onions, and spinach ($11.95) for a fresh take on fried rice.
Rounding out the rice dish offerings is a Tofu & Vegetable Stir Fry that partners wok-fired tofu with stir-fried vegetables in a sweet and spicy sauce ($9.25). All are available with a choice of brown or white rice.
The Chinese-influenced plates are joined by additional dishes that showcase Thai, Vietnamese, Hawaiian, and Japanese ingredients and flavor profiles. Thai Noodles feature rice noodles tossed with shrimp, ground chicken, tofu, peanuts, and bean sprouts with a traditional Pad Thai sauce ($13.95); while a Sriracha Chicken Sandwich with grilled chicken breast, crispy bacon, spicy herb aioli sauce and a pickled cucumber salad on a toasted French baguette ($8.95) pays tribute to a Vietnamese banh mi sandwich. Also new to the permanent menu is the Hawaiian Sticky Ribs & Umami Fries, which was available during the summer as part of Lazy Dog’s 10th Anniversary Throwback dish specials. The cult-favorite, inspired by one of the dishes on the original Lazy Dog menu, pairs tender baby back ribs that are flash-fried and tossed in housemade Hawaiian BBQ sauce with Asian slaw and French fries drizzled in housemade umami sauce ($14.95).
“With so many diverse flavors involved with Asian cuisine, we wanted to offer our guests dishes that reflect all the distinct cuisines within the genre,” Says Executive Chef Gabe Caliendo. “The culinary landscape in California is so rich with these influences, and we’re excited to bring those tastes to the menu at our restaurants.”
The new dishes will be available at all Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar restaurants in Southern California, as well as their Bay Area restaurant in Concord, on December 5th.