When it comes to lunch, I tend to be a creature of habit. I like to walk and try to go somewhere where I can get some walking in as part of the lunch hour. I think that probably explains why, until Friday, I’ve never tried lunch at Tiger + Lily, which is just down the block from our offices on Gay Street.
Tiger + Lily is an Asian-themed bistro, from the items on its menu to the Asian version of MTV playing on its TV screens during the lunch rush. You can choose from a variety of entrees served over rice, or opt for noodles with or without broth. If you go for one of the entree dishes, you choose between white and brown rice, and also can add intriguingly named sauces to add some zing to your meal. According to our waiter, YumYum sauce is the most popular option, but there’s also Tiger Salsa, Gomayo, Tso Good, and K-Town. (I’d say the person in charge of menu item naming at Tiger + Lily has a sense of humor.)
I opted for the Korean BBQ chicken, a mildly spicy combination of chicken and onion served over white rice. I asked them to hold the pickled vegetables and add a fried egg as topping instead, and paired the food with K-Town sauce, which I think is the spiciest sauce T+L offers. The result was a delightful and filling lunch that had a very pleasant kick to it. And even though I didn’t get my lunchtime steps in, I burned a calorie or two wielding chopsticks in my quest to consume every last grain of K-Town dappled rice.
Tiger + Lily has a devoted following at our firm, which is how I ended up there on Friday. The T+L fans all seem to have a personal favorite on the menu, and now I do, too. Who knows? Now that I’ve broken the ice, I might even try that YumYum sauce next time.