DeepWood's menus are some of my favorites to keep at the table and continue poring over after I've ordered, because chef Brian Pawlak comes up with the most creative dish ideas. From the latest menu, I love this Duck appetizer inspired by Chinese dim sum.

DeepWood's menus are some of my favorites to keep at the table and continue poring over after I've ordered, because chef Brian Pawlak comes up with the most creative dish ideas. Sometimes it take a few reads through the menu to fully appreciate the sense of humor Pawlak brings to his food. From the latest menu his Lobster Rangoon, a high-end take on an Americanized Chinese classic, has gotten some buzz. I also loved this Duck appetizer, inspired by a more authentic Chinese tradition, dim sum.

The $14 plate offers a collection of four mini tastes that all could've been plucked from a dim sum cart. Char siu-style dumplings are filled with barbecue duck rather than the traditional barbecue pork. Two rice noodle rolls are packed with a duck-mushroom-and-water chestnut mixture, while a block of crunchy grilled rice is accompanied with crispy shiitake chips. Topping everything is a skewered strip of duck meat that's been glazed in a sweet-soy sauce then grilled. Three chili sauces are provided for dipping.

Obviously a lot of thought went into this one, and the end result is a very fun, very interesting appetizer option. Kudos.