Downtown got a lot more interesting this year with the opening of Tiger + Lily, a chic pan-Asian (Korean, Chinese and Japanese) restaurant serving up ramen, build-your-own rice bowls, bubble teas and an exciting array of desserts. With a trendy and airy feel, peppy music and plenty of window-front seating overlooking the increasingly bustling Gay Street, it's become a fast favorite for city eating whether for lunch, happy hour or dinner. For those looking for healthy lunch eats, chef Kirsten Cheng, who co-owns the restaurant with her husband Thomas Chang, provides an alternative to the ubiquitous salmon Caesar salad found at Downtown eateries. The rice bowls (which are practically half salad) are a good start, topped with a mountain of brightly colored fresh produce. And Tiger + Lily's Sichuan dan dan noodles (labeled as “dry ramen” on the menu) provide a kick of delightfully numbing Sichuan peppercorn to complement turkey or tofu. But the best reason to visit is Cheng's desserts, like her mille crêpe cakes made in-house (think: 15 layers of fruit, mousse and French crêpes) and the seasonal fruit snow bowl.
Order Up: Mango Snow Bowl
With mango sherbet, ice cream, sweet rice, tapioca balls and fresh mango, it's the perfect dessert any time of year.