8607 US Highway 24 W
Ft Wayne 46804
Atmosphere & Culture:
Prepare yourself for a culture shift of sorts once you open the door and walk into Naked Tchopstix. The decor, both outside and inside, definitely helps create an authentic Asian experience. That said, I highly recommend taking a deep breath and preparing your mind before entering. Prepare yourself for both what you know (American servers and pipped in American music) quickly colliding with Asian manners. Within the first 5 steps inside the restaurant, I was hit by a passing man. It was a hard hit and I decided that I was going to stop and look at the guy and non-verbally demand at least acknowledgment of his rudeness if not a full outright apology. It's the kind of bump-and-ignore that one would expect at a place like Applebees, but at this type of restaurant - no, this was suppose to be the elite of society. As I turned around and said "hey" - I was immediately SHOCKED. It was an Asian man (who is either an owner or someone important with the restaurant) who put his hands together, performed a small bow, and said "so sorry." Ummmmm - well, that might have been a bit more apology than I was looking for. Two steps later I got in a "you go, no you, no you, no you go, you first" back-and-forth with another Asian man who appeared to be the chef (judging from his attire). It was at that exact moment when I realized that I stepped out of Urban Fort Wayne and into a culturally Asian restaurant. Odd - though, since the servers, bartenders, and manager were Caucasian.
I strongly recommend making reservations as it was extremely busy - even though it was a non-holiday Monday night when we were there. We were seated in the bar which was quiet, dark, and calm. It is not an extremely large restaurant, but it does have several unique dining sections.
For our first round, Adams L chose a "Rising Sun". It was delicious. I would say it tasted a lot like wedding reception punch. The presentation of this martini was beautiful in that it had a definite red bottom layer topped with a white foamy layer.
Allen L chose a "Vanilla Zen" for her first drink. It was a beautiful blue color and finished with a pretty lime garnish. Each sip started off with a sour note followed quickly by a hint of vanilla. I thought it tasted exactly like that green cool whip dessert that has pineapple, marshmellows, cool whip, and pistachios in it (it can be served chilled or frozen - know what I'm talking about?).
To start off with, I choose a cherry "Taste of Rainbow" which features Skittels infused vodka. It tasted exactly like a pink sweet tart candy - very unique flavor.
I wanted to try the Asian Pear Mojito as my second drink. It was beautiful, but unfortunately, it was simply undrinkable. The description led me to believe there was a strong pear flavor - the menu stated it contained pear juice and pear puree; however, it was just bad. Our server, Amy, was a gem and returned it to the bar and had it removed from my bill.
Allen L ordered "Crab Ragoon" for us to share. All you need to know about them is that they were THE BEST that I have ever eaten! You MUST order them during your visit. They are fried, but not greasy. Simply fantastic! I'm not sure they contained much crab, but it didn't seem as if it were missing anything - perfection in 5 medium triangles! Sorry the picture doesn't do them justice.
I'm a HUGE pot sticker fan, so I selected an order for us all to share. They could be fried or steamed (I actually thought the official way was to fry them first and then steam them, but . . . ) - I chose steamed (seemed healthier). They arrived cool - not quite cold, but definitely not hot or even warm. They were pretty disappointing actually. Save your money - skip the pot stickers and get two orders of the Crab Ragoon. Again, I apologize for the poor quality of the photo.
Adams L and I selected the "Pan Fried Noodles" for $9.99. I got it with both shrimp (add $4) and chicken (add $3) -I was thankful to have the variety. Adams L limited herself to only chicken. We both described it the same way, "good." Hmmm, good? Did it WOW us? No, but it was good. Would it be good enough for us to return to have it? No, but it was good. It was colorful and contained many fresh veggies. It tasted very fresh and the flavors blended well. It was yummy. We both recommend it.
Allen L chose a complicated entree called "Dolset Bibimbag" for $14.99. This is how their website describes the dish, "BiBimBap served in a hot stone pot. When mixed together, ingredients cook themselves inside the bowl with the heat from the stone– a kind of “make your own fried rice.”" It arrives with a side of very spicy sauce that our awesome server Amy mixed into the dish. Allen L warns the sauce is VERY spicy so a little was plenty. Allen L said the dish tasted very fresh and the flavors harmoniously danced together. The large portion size could easily be shared . . . or taken home for lunch the next day. Here are some photos of Amy in action and the delicious result.
This will be a quick section. They have only one dessert - a rice ice cream thing, but . . . on this night, they were out. They had no desserts to offer a restaurant full of customers. Hmmm, interesting business strategy.
A single word describes the service we experienced - exceptional! Amy was a very kind and knowledgeable server. Our food and drinks arrived very quickly which was very impressive. Amy was very responsive to our excessive water drinking. She was polite in allowing us to linger as the effects of the alcohol wore off a bit.
The restroom was clean and beautiful. The interesting sink hardware, full length wooden stall doors, and tile work were polished touches expected of a high end restaurant.
The restaurant's flooring was stunning. The stone work, pillars, fire place, and sushi bar were impressive.
I didn't find the seats to be overly comfortable, the portions overly large, or the menu exceedingly comprehensive resulting in what felt as if the eatery was designed to eat and go - not sit and linger. This "vibe" led to the shortest 3 Elles outing of all time. Bummer!
Until the next bite -
8607 US Highway 24 W