Monsoon Takes Our Taste Buds By Storm!
Monsoon – Asian Kitchen and Lounge, located on Deer Park Avenue in the heart of Babylon Village, is the latest addition to the Bohlsen Restaurant Group family. What makes Monsoon unique is that it is the group’s first Asian concept. I hold a special place in my heart for Asian food, so I was particularly excited and, to say the least, I was swept away by this Monsoon.
Monsoon’s menu is to be enjoyed “family style,” which means a table will order dishes to be shared. While one would think it would be hard to come to agreement as a group, the waiters assist you in ordering to make sure you are not ordering too much or too little. Dishes come out as soon as they are ready, so the table was never overcrowded. With the expertise and guidance of our waiter, Eric, we ordered nine dishes.
Our first course consisted of the Monsoon Roll, which is their signature sushi roll with Maine lobster, spicy tuna, avocado and jalapeno. The presentation of this dish was “this” close to making me jump ship from vegetarianism. Dishes coming out of the kitchen soon after the Monsoon Roll were the Edamame Dumplings, the Crispy Fried Tofu and Vietnamese Summer Rolls. The Edamame Dumplings are made with hand-made dough and stuffed with edamame puree, served in a mushroom sake broth. The dough is so light; the dumplings seem to melt in your mouth. The Crispy Tofu is served with chili radish, ginger and Thai basil, and went wonderfully with the sweet-chili sauce that is placed on every table at Monsoon. The Vietnamese Summer Roll served with rice noodles, shrimp, pork and chili peanut sauce, were thoroughly enjoyed by the rest of the table.
The second course came out soon after our first round of plates had been cleared. For this round, we enjoyed Korean BBQ Chicken Wings and Old Style Pad Thai. Pad Thai is a personal favorite of mine, so I switched my utensils from chopsticks to fork and knife to indulge in this dish at my fullest capacity.
Our final round of dishes included General Tso’s Chicken, Miso Glazed Black Cod and Wok Fried “Morning Glory.” The General Tso’s Chicken and Glazed Black Cod received rave reviews from my fellow diners, one guest even exclaiming that it was the best cod she had ever tasted.
Monsoon’s up-scale décor, exceptional service and a to-die for menu made for a brilliant night out. I have already begun to take mental notes on the dishes I plan on trying for my next trip, which hopefully will be sooner rather than later.
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