Asian Fusion Restaurant Tiger + Lily is Now Open Downtown
In January CU announced a new fusion restaurant coming to Gay Street. Tiger + Lily soft opened this week, laying out a limited menu that will be solidified in the next two weeks, and reworked as chef and co-owner Kirsten Chang adds and exchanges its offerings.
Back when it was first announced, Tiger + Lily was purposed to put a fresh twist on Asian cuisine. Kirsten Chang, who opened the restaurant with her husband Tom Chang, took inspiration from her years traveling abroad to develop the menu. Cooking styles and ingredients are sampled from a multitude of nations around Asia and Europe. She didn’t hesitate to Americanize either, serving waffle fries with Korean BBQ steak as one appetizer, supplemented with kimchi, green onions, Sriracha, Japanese Aioli and parmesan.
“I want people to come here and it feels like you’re going around the world,” Kirsten Chang said.
Kirsten Chang put together a menu that centers on bowls and ramen. The bowls come with greens or brown or white rice, seasonal vegetables, a choice of protein and house made sauce. For drinks they have a variety of bubble milk teas, fruit coolers and lattes. Several appetizers and crepe cakes for dessert are bookends to the menu. Kirsten Chang said she’ll be adding more vegetarian and vegan options, as well as a variety of burgers and tacos as the menu evolves.
While they haven’t yet had their grand opening, Tiger + Lily is already serving a crowd at lunch. Their hours are currently 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., but those will change in two weeks as well. With the liquor license they obtained this week the Changs have a closing time of 2 a.m. in mind, as well as a late night menu.
Tiger + Lily is located in the space once occupied by ZenCha, at 19 East Gay Street.
For more information, visit tigerandlilybistro.com.