""Nope, it's not a massage parlor"" my friend informed me when setting up a dinner meeting at this restaurant.
Asian Temptation is located in the heart of the White Plains business district, diagonally across from the Ritz Carlton. However, because of this central location you will find parking a bit difficult. There was no apparent garage attached to the half-empty mall the restaurant is attached to so be prepared to park off site at a garage or, if you're lucky (and have quarters) on the street.
The decor is nice, upscale and contemporary Asian. The hostess was friendly and attentive, and I later found out why. The people I was meeting with are regulars there, they just walked to and sat at their regular table. Apparently there are there at least once/week since their office is just around the corner from the restaurant. It was a muggy evening when I visited, the temperature was warm inside, I would have preferred a much cooler environment to enjoy my meal.
""The usual"" was echoed around the table so who was I to buck the trend? Large Sapporo bullets and Vietnamese salads to start - jicama and napa with peanut dressing, a bit too much jicama in my opinion as it made up more at least 2/3 of my salad.
The main course was Asian Grilled Chicken. It was mildly spicy (you can have them alter the spiciness to your liking), in a light yellow (I think) curry sauce, over a bed of baby bok choy. The chicken was nicely grilled (with obvious grill marks on the pieces) and flavored though it was covered with a bit too much sauce which pooled over the bottom of the plate. The bok choy was difficult to eat with chopsticks as they were served whole, too large to eat all at once, especially when dripping in sauce. Now, I am not a messy eater by any means but I unfortunately was splattered by the sauce when attempting to eat vegetables. I wasn't the only one who had the same problem. Two others managed to wear some of the sauce as well. You would think that you wouldn't need to ask for western dining utensils when at an Asian restaurant but in this case, to save on dry cleaning bills, do consider it.
Our waitress was very friendly and attentive, practicing her English with us and obviously working the friendly angle since we were a table of all men. Perhaps she knew this group from prior visits as well; regardless it's nice to be taken care of when in a restaurant.
Desserts - what desserts? As with many Asian restaurants there is little in the dessert department. Ah well, give the cold ""bubble"" teas a try in lieu of the ice cream they offer.
I like this restaurant and would definitely come back to explore the other menu items.
Pros: Good Asian Food
Cons: Lack of Parking in the Area