Hampton Roads Global/International Restaurant Guide




Hampton Roads has come a long way in offering a good, quality assortment of world eats. Gone are the days when eating international meant Eye-talian dishes of gummy pasta coated in oily tomato sauce and flavorless meatballs or takeout containers of Chinese filled with dry rice, greasy stir-fried vegetables and mystery meat as a protein.

We are living in a sophisticated world, and our palates demand more— not only in quantity of cuisine choices, but also in quality and authenticity. In the process, our tastebuds become part of the melting pot, and we count among our food favorites items like sushi, along with cheeseburgers. Or curried goat as well as fried chicken. Or even escargot in addition to mom’s meatloaf. Here is a sampling of ethnic eats in Hampton Roads. By no means is this a complete list; check telephone directories for a full slate of restaurants. This list, however, includes some of the favorites from HRM food editor Patrick Evans-Hylton and is a good place to start your gourmet globetrotting.

By Patrick Evans-Hylton

The German Pantry’s Sausage Dinner with bratwurst, knackwurst and nuernberger and sides of red cabbage, a slice of Black Forest Cake and Aventinus German beer.

 

 

British Isles

The Blarney Stone Pub
Hearty Irish fare like shepherd's pie and bangers and mash served in a quaint jewel-box dining room.
10 North St., Onancock
757-302-0300
www.blarneystonepubonancock.com


Keagan's
Traditional Irish fare including corned beef and cabbage as well
as lamb stew in a wellappointed eatery.
12551 Jefferson Ave., Newport News
757-890-4560

Keagan's Town Center
244 Market St., Virginia Beach
757-961-4432
www.keagans.com

Caribbean/Cuban

Lola's Carribbean Restaurant
A Colonial Caribbeaninspired dining room is the backdrop for an extensive menu featuring Cuban, Dominican and Puerto Rican cuisine.
328 W. 20th St., Norfolk
757-314-1141
www.lolasghent.com


Mojito Café
Jewel-box dining room with tropical flare showcases Cuban and Caribbean delights from a classically trained chef.
300 28th St., Virginia Beach
757-233-6855
www.mojitocafevab.com


MP Island Café
Jamaican-centric and soul cuisine like jerk chicken, oxtail and curry goat in a festive, if somewhat
unpolished, setting.
5957 E. Virginia Beach Blvd., Norfolk
757-466-0220

MP Island Café Newport News
203 Richneck Rd.,Newport News
757-877-6508
www.mpislandcafeonline.com

Chinese

Forbidden City
Upscale setting showcases fine-dining Chinese cuisine with an extensive dim sum menu.
3333 Virginia Beach Blvd., Virginia Beach
757-747-2388
www.forbiddencityvb.com


Ichiban Authentic Chinese Cuisine & Sushi Bar
Classic offerings in a richly appointed setting.
4905 Courthouse St., Williamsburg
757-253-8898
www.ichibannewtown.com

Eastern European

Café Europa
A longtime romantic rendezvous for lovers and lovers of classic Continental cuisine.
319 High St., Portsmouth
757-399-6652


The Monastery Restaurant
A cloistered, intimate atmosphere is the backdrop for this Eastern European restaurant.
443 Granby St., Norfolk
757-625-8193

French

Le Yaca
Restaurant Francais Intimate French country dining room sets the stage for classic French country cuisine.
1915 Pocahontas Trail, Williamsburg
757-220-3616
www.leyacawilliamsburg.com

German

The German Pantry
Bavarian delights, German beer and rich desserts are offered in a cozy, comfortable setting.
5329 E. Virginia Beach Blvd., Norfolk
757-461-5100
www.thegermanpantry.com

Indian

Nawab Indian Cuisine
Classic tastes from the sub-continent in complementary surroundings.
888 N. Military Hwy., Norfolk
757-455-8080

Nawab Newport News
11712 Jefferson Ave., Newport News
757-591-9200

Nawab Virginia Beach
756 First Colonial Rd., Virginia Beach
757-491-8600

Nawab Williamsburg
204 Monticello Ave., Williamsburg
757-565-3200
www.nawabonline.com


Rajput Indian Cuisine
Authentic, flavorful Indian dishes, many vegetarian and some vegan, served with desi flare. Note: Rajput will be opening a second location in Virginia Beach in early 2011; contact the restaurant for location and more information.
742 W. 21st St., Norfolk
757-625-4634
www.rajputonline.com


Saffron Indian Bistro
Open, airy, contemporary setting and classic Indian offerings.
4532 Columbus St., Virginia Beach
757-644-6904
www.saffronvabeach.com

Japanese/Sushi

Daikichi Sushi Bistro
Friendly, attractive surroundings and a
wonderfully prepared, diverse selection of sushi.
1400 Battlefield Blvd., Chesapeake
757-549-0200


Mizuno Japanese Restaurant
Creative sushi offerings are complemented with tempura and teriyaki items in this well-appointed restaurant.
1860 Laskin Rd., Virginia Beach
757-422-1200


Sushi Aka
A hip, contemporary dining room, complete with sushi bar, showcases sushi, sashimi and hot Asian inspired entrees.
239 W. Washington St., Suffolk
757-934-2235
www.sushiaka.com


Zushi Japanese Bistro
Elegant Asian cuisine with a focus on sushi and sashimi is gracefully served in this upscale eatery.
4540 Main St., Virginia Beach
757-321-1495
www.zushibistro.com

Latin American

Espeto na Brasa
Opulent dining room sets the stage for this classic Brazilian steakhouse.
233 Granby St., Norfolk
757-313-4363
1069 Laskin Rd., Virginia Beach
757-351-0598
www.espetonabrasa.com


Jessy's Tienda
Truly authentic Mexican food served adjacent to a bodega where many of the meats and other ingredients come from.
3201 E. Ocean View Ave., Norfolk
757-531-0033


Luna Maya
Warm and wonderful Central and South American flavors from Bolivian sisters Karla and Vivian Montano. Note: Luna
Maya will be moving up the road to the corner of Colley Avenue and 21st Street in early 2011; contact the restaurant for more information.
2000 Colonial Ave. # 7, Norfolk
757-622-6986
www.lunamayarestaurant.com

 

Mediterranean/Italian/Greek

Aldo's Ristorante
Contemporary Northern Italian cuisine offered in casual, intimate décor.
1860 Laskin Rd., Virginia Beach
757-491-1111
www.aldosvb.com


La Bella Italia
Traditional Italian menu with classic signature dishes in a hospitable setting.
1065 Laskin Ctr., Virginia Beach
757-422-8536

La Bella Redmill
2133 Upton Dr. Suite 128,
Virginia Beach
757-301-3603

La Bella in Ghent
738 W. 22nd St., Norfolk
757-622-6172

www.labellaitalia.com
www.labellainghent.com

Mannino's Italian Bistro
Old World-style Italian cuisine in a relaxed, family atmosphere.
4402 Princess Anne Rd.
Suite 107, Virginia Beach
757-474-4446
1608 Pleasure House Rd., Virginia Beach
757-226-0019
www.manninositalianbistro.com


Orapax Inn
A Norfolk classic for some 40 years, offering moussaka, spanakopita, et.al. in pleasant, old school settings.
1300 Redgate Ave., Norfolk
757-627-8041
www.theorapax.com


Primo 116
An upscale Italian bistro with classic offerings in a small, elegant setting.
116 W Washington St., Suffolk
757-923-0116

Middle Eastern

Croc's 19th Street Bistro
Seasonal coastal cuisine with a focus on Lebanese cooking from owner

Kal Habr.
620 19th St., Virginia Beach
757-428-5444
www.crocs19thstreetbistro.com


Omar's Carriage House
Casual, upscale continental dining with a focus on Moroccan dishes on Mondays as a nod to the heritage of owner Omar Boukhriss.
313 W. Bute St., Norfolk
757-622-4990
www.omarscarriagehouse1.com


Pasha Mezze Restaurant
A casual, elegant setting for Turkish-centric cuisine; adjacent Turkish coffeehouse.
Palace Station Shopping Center
340 W. 22nd St., Norfolk
757-627-1318
www.pashamezze.com

Thai

Bangkok Garden
Classic Thai favorites in relaxing settings.
339 W. 21st. St., Norfolk
757-622-5047
5774 Churchland Blvd., Portsmouth
757-483-0799
4000 Virginia Beach Blvd., Virginia Beach
757-498-5009
737 First Colonial Rd., Virginia Beach
757-425-4909
1346 Richmond Rd., Williamsburg
757-565-3939
www.bangkokgardenva.com


Siam 21
Authentic flavors of Thailand with a French influence sate in this nicely appointed dining room.
742 W 21st St., Norfolk
757-624-2455


Tida Thai Cuisine
Delicious, quality Thai cuisine and hospitality.
1937 S. Military Hwy., Chesapeake
757-543-9116
336 Constitution Dr., Virginia Beach
757-490-0515
2133 Upton Dr., Virginia Beach
757-301-6350
www.tidathai.com

Vietnamese

Chez Trinh Restaurant
A longtime Williamsburg favorite for Vietnamese cuisine, augmented of late with Korean cooking, too.
157 Monticello Ave., Williamsburg
757-253-1888


Pho 79
Incredible offerings of pho (noodle soup) with an assortment of proteins augmented with Vietnamese sandwiches.
1445 Sam's Dr., Chesapeake
757-547-4880
1118 W. Mercury Blvd., Hampton
757-827-4679
4816 Virginia Beach Blvd.,
Virginia Beach
757-687-7844


Saigon One
Utilitarian surroundings clear the senses for a true taste of Vietnamese cooking, including delicious pho.
448 Newtown Rd., Virginia Beach
757-518-0307

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