Still in mourning for the loss of New Taste of Asia! The chef, Xiao Long, was invited to participate in the new venture at the former Shalom Hunan, but declined, darn it!
So I went to Zoe's yesterday for lunch, and was very pleased. A dish off the menu but recommended by the owner and his wife, a Hunan specialty that they described as a sort of casserole, but it came on a plate; chopped smoked chicken with peppers and leeks, and a slightly tangy spicy "sauce" (jus really). Fantastic! I also managed to get lamb with cumin, a really nice dish of bright fresh cilantro topped with stir fried lamb slices. We also ordered crispy fish with chilies. This was funny as it came out in a huge bowl and the waitress started to serve it like soup, into small bowls. I asked her if she was sure it was soup and she said yes, then went to ask. I could tell that in fact the fish, along with a hundred or so dried red peppers and some bean sprouts, was sitting in a huge bowl full of oil! Ha. We never did figure out if that's what they intended, and if so, what a waste of oil, but the fish, once "fished out" of the bowl and drained, was very tasty.
I also heard that they intend to add more Hunan specialties to the menu, though for now the "real" Chinese food is listed on pages titled "Szechuan" and "North-South" (don't know what that means).
I'd like to hear from others on this as it definitely has a lot of potential and is a welcome addition to the area.
By the way, they also had a $6.95 buffet, which I didn't even look at but if you're after that kind of thing the place will answer as well.