Newark, Newark

Newark Restaurant Week wraps up

    Welcome to Home Skillet, where tonight’s menu consists of polar bear steaks, sea urchin sushi, fish biscuits, bananas, Apollo bars and DHARMA beer.

    Now-Sunday, January 25: Newark is often treated like the redheaded stepchild of Delaware dining destinations. Sure, big brothers Wilmington and Rehoboth might have more dazzle, might get the press, but Newark is no slouch. The college town has given us Home Grown Café, Caffe Gelato, Ali Baba, Iron Hill—and asked for so little in return.    

   Well here’s your chance to show Newark some love. The town’s’ third annual Restaurant Week runs through the rest of this week and comes to a close Sunday. It’s your last chance to catch specials at area restaurants like $10 two-course lunches and $19-$25 dinners.
    Eighteen restaurants, including those mentioned above, will offer special menus through Sunday, plus group rates, prix fixe specials and more. For the complete rundown, participating restaurants and menus, click here.

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  Now-Wednesday, Jaunary 28: I just got word from owner Elizabeth Shih that the awesome Potstickers Asian Grill is celebrating Chinese New Year (it’s year of the ox, doncha know) with a special six-course menu. I’m looking at the menu right now, and each line is more delicious-looking than the last. The Triple Happiness appetizer plate consists of szechwan sliced fliet mignon, Cantonese rice shu mai and Peking-spiced jumbo shrimp. Following that is the Shanghai Temple pork steamed buns, a Peking duck wrap, a Hunan-style lobster tail, a Royal Surf and Turf dish (consisting of diced Angus beef and jumbo prawns in a ginger-soy sauce) and a traditional Chinese New Year Tradional good luck sweet soup.

    How excited am I for this? Let’s just say I’m Triple Excited. Look for a recap here next week.

    New digs: Hey, speaking of Newark, Andrew Yeung has opened Pinang Restaurant, a Malaysian and Japanese place in the Shoppes of Louviers.
    “The menu is Malaysian, which is like a mix of Indian, Chinese and Thai,” he says. “And we have a Japanese menu, so people have more choices.”
Already, Pinang’s mango chicken is a popular pick, Yeung says, as is the roti canai appetizer, crispy squid, pad thai and homemade dumplings.
    The décor is on the casual side, he says, with a mix of modern and old-time touches. He says the restaurant will reach out to the University of Delaware via mailers sometime in February. So hit these guys up before all the hungry college kids find out about it. I know I will. That roti canai is addictive.
    218 Louviers Drive, Newark, 368-2298

    Way more next week as dining events begin to thaw out. Until then, K.I.T., KTHANXBYE!

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