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Sep 13, 2017 07:52AM ● By Ashley Pape

Chef Eddy T. has arrived in the ’burbs. The chef lauded for masterminding Asian concepts in Dallas, Fort Worth and New York City has opened his latest venture, Sai Fine Asian Bistro, in Colleyville. The intimate, upscale restaurant specializes in clever Asian cuisine that merges multiple cultures and flavors. Want Chinese food? How about Thai or Japanese fare? Experience it all in ways you wouldn’t even consider at Sai. 

The refined dinner house, which landed on Zagat’s list of “Hottest Restaurants in Dallas” over the summer, brings forth Chef Eddy’s most popular culinary creations from his previous restaurants along with fresh interpretations of Asian classics. Just don’t expect to find the usual renditions here—the menu embraces creativity. It also features a surprising amount of the number eight. Every menu item ends in 88 cents because, according to Chinese culture, eight is a lucky number. Turn the eight on its side and it represents infinity. It’s a fun fact in case you doubt Sai’s authenticity. 

To kick off your culinary adventure, the restaurant offers signature starters such as calamari (served with Thai chili sweet plum sauce) and edamame (Japanese soy beans with truffled sea salt). But if you really want to venture into uncharted waters, try the Lobster Wonton (fried wonton with lobster, cream and cheese). It’s a delightful departure from the typical crab wonton and a wondrous combination of crispy and velvety textures.

For the main course, don’t miss the Massaman Short Rib. Certified Angus beef short rib is braised for 48 hours in Massaman curry with coconut milk, onions, cherry tomatoes, roasted peanuts, bell peppers and sweet potatoes. This dish is indeed a labor of love. You also can’t go wrong with the Pad Thai. A mountain of stir-fried rice noodles is peppered with shallots, eggs, bean sprouts, scallion, roasted peanut and tamarind sauce for a compellingly spicy entrée. 

On the sweet side, Sai entices with unique offerings such as Lemongrass Panna Cotta (served with pistachio sponge cake and berries) and Banana Wonton (a crisp wonton with caramelized bananas, vanilla ice cream, cinnamon and melted caramel). However, the Green Tea Cheesecake with chocolate Florentine, macerated strawberries and a meringue crust captured our heart. Subtle hints of green tea add depth to an already remarkable cheesecake. 

Sai Fine Asian Bistro caters to those with discerning tastes—and to those who just want something a little different. Stop into this nearby gem for a taste of East-meets-West cuisine. 

SAI FINE ASIAN BISTRO 

5005 Colleyville Boulevard 

682.325.4050 

Sai-Restaurant.com