Ling & Louie’s truly provides an experience that can’t be matched. A concept as unique and inspired as it is delicious, this is one culinary journey you don’t want to miss.
The concept for this fun and inspiring menu circles around the fictional characters of Ling and Louie; a firecracker of a woman from Shanghai and an All-American guy from Toledo. According to the story, they fell in love and merged their cultures through their love of cuisine.
My first visit to this creative and enticing local spot started with a delicious signature whiskey cocktail called the Bee’s Sting with Mars Shinshu “Iwai” Whisky, Thai chili infused honey, Ancho Reyes Ancho Chili Liqueur, fresh lemon. The flavors are bold and smooth and got me ready to explore this menu!
The first thing that caught my eye was the Black Orchid Ahi. The appetizer is blackened, melt-in-your-mouth ahi, served over Asian slaw and a spicy soy mustard that will tantalize your senses with waves of flavor. Once I had devoured the entire plate virtually without leaving any to share with my poor guest (I’m greedy when the food is this delicious), it was time for the main event to begin!
I began with the main dish that made this spot legendary and boosted them to culinary stardom! The Evil Jungle Princess made Ling famous! Wok’d with vegetables, Thai basil and mint in a signature peanut-red curry sauce, this is the kind of dish you never want to finish unless your stomach is big enough to order more! The spice is addictive and the peanut addition to the curry sauce provided depth and familiarity. I ordered mine with chicken but now I have to come back to try all of the choices; including shrimp and beef! We also decided to try this new palette of flavors on the best of land and see! The Surf & Turf was the perfect way to make that happen! This dish has sliced beef wok’d with tender shrimp, asparagus, onions, mushrooms and Thai basil, served sizzling tableside. The show and the dish were definitely not one to disappoint. The smell wafted across the table and drew us in to the excitement of trying this new and innovative dish.
The creative creation of flavors crafted by the fictional Ling & Louie are exciting and rejuvenating, family and foreign, deep and reviving, all at the same time. There is a local pride for seasonal and fresh ingredients that even translates to their beer list as they provide a rotation of local brews every week!
Scottsdale is bustling with exciting culinary discoveries and Ling & Louie’s has joined the movement! We’re so thrilled to have them in the Elite Restaurants family and we can’t wait for all of our loyal foodies to discover the incredible flavors of the mythical, magical Ling & Louie.
Cheers and Bon Appétit, Food Lovers!