On a rare occurrence, the other half and I decided to step out for dinner on a Thursday, this past week. We never get out during the week, between our career schedules, and the kids’ schedules. But, we both got home late, and I was not in the mood to cook. So, we jumped in the car and headed over to Bronxville in search of some eats. Turning off the beaten path of Pondfield Road onto Park Place, we slipped into WILD GINGER and got a table for two, straightaway.
We had been to Wild Ginger previously, with a bunch of friends, and had had a good experience, so we gave it another whirl. The beauty was that hubs wanted sushi, and I wanted…well, something other than sushi. At Wild Ginger, you can get it all. Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Malaysian, Indonesian…its a whole Asian culinary experience!
The menu is both voluminous, and comfortably organized, with clear photos of many of the dishes. Its more like a photo album book than a traditional restaurant menu. After our waitress promptly took our drink order, a fellow came over and took our order for appetizers and dinner. Hubs relented and only ordered sushi for an appetizer, feeling that he wanted something of “more substance” for dinner. There is a huge variety of sushi on the menu, from sashimi to rolls to Bento Boxes. In fact, go to Wild Ginger for lunch, and their “Bento Box” specials are fantastic, and include combinations other than sushi and sashimi. There is even a very large “sushi for two” platter that is aesthetically impressive.
For an appetizer, we shared the Pepper Tuna Tataki, super-thin slices of ever-so-slightly seared tuna in a thinned soy sauce. Incredibly light and totally delicious. We also shared a spicy tuna roll – very traditionally done, and equally as good. For dinner, hubs had something called the “Samba Delight”, which consisted of marinated shrimp (a.k.a. prawn), scallops and chicken sauteed with asian vegetables in a scant sauce, but not dry at all. It is indeed a delight to look at as well as to eat, and is served in an edible “bowl” of sorts with large green leaves to garnish. I had the “Fire Wok” which I had eaten on my last excursion to Wild Ginger and had been craving ever since. The Fire Wok is served PIPING hot in a cast iron pot, and has baby lobster tail, shrimp and scallops, along with a wonderful combination of vegetables, all bathed in a Lemongrass Thai Curry sauce. The sauce is what really makes that dish, and you want to pour every last drop of it over your rice (brown, for both of us…so we could feel a teensy bit healthy). By the time the waitress came back and asked us about dessert, hubs and I were completely (and happily) stuffed, without feeling uncomfortable.
Wild Ginger is located at 110 Park Place in Bronxville. Their hours are Monday – Thursday from noon to 10pm, Saturday, from noon to 11pm, and on Sunday, from 1pm to 10pm. You can view their entire menu on their website, HERE.