The honey sesame chicken is a delectable entree that is perfectly battered with enough sweetness for two.

A.W. Lin's, formerly known as Fulin’s Asian Cuisine, opened its doors at the Promenade at Chenal just before the holidays, putting a unique spin on Asian cuisine in the area.

Situated on a corner lot behind Kenneth Edwards Fine Jewelers on The Promenade Main Street, the Asian fusion restaurant is Fulin’s ninth location (there are six in Tennessee and two in Alabama).

The new eatery is highlighted with classy decor-- a soft muted wood thoughout with slate on the back wall, simple decorative pieces like Chinese-themed pendants, wall hangings and nice greenery dotted throughout. The single dining space keeps the dining experience out in the open.

If you're thinking of getting a special cocktail to spruce up the evening, try the Promegranate Lemondrop Martini ($6.95), which consists of Van Gogh Pomegranate Vodka, Cointreau, fresh lemon and Sweet & Sour. The libation is as refreshing as it sweet and will make the ideal beverage for those summertime Happy Hours.

The alcohol bar serves up some other delicious signatures like the Hurricane ($6.95), a fruity mix of Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, Bacardi Rum, Sweet & Sour, Grenadine, orange and pineapple juice, and the stout Sake Martini ($6.95), made up of Hanger One Vodka, Sho Chiku Bai Sake and Stock Dry Vermouth. Also top off your meal with Sake-- an authentic Japanese beverage.

Accompany your beverage with one of these appetizers:

  • Vegetable Spring Roll ($3)
  • Naruto Roll ($13)-- A specialty roll with cucumber, cream cheese and your choice of snow crab, tuna, yellow tail or salmon.
  • Edamame ($5)

When it comes to choosing an entree, there are plenty of Chinese, Japanese and Thai options to choose from and you can guarantee things are kept organic and no MSG is added. Elegantly decorated, each dish is almost too pretty to eat.

One dish you can't go wrong with is the Honey Sesame Chicken ($13), a delightful crispy chicken stir fry with cashews and coated with a sweet and sour honey sauce and sesame seeds. Or, if you're wanting to go all out, try the Seafood Bird Nest ($22), a fresh medley of every kind of seafood you can imagine: lobster, crabmeat, scallops and shrimp and flavored with cashews, carrots, zucchini and mushrooms, all in a "bird nest" of fried potatos.

A variety of vegan items like the Vegetable Delight ($9) and Sauteed String Beans ($9) comprise some of the menu along dishes somewhat unique to restaurants- gluten-free. Choices include Tom Yum Chicken Soup ($7) and Spicy Basil Chicken/Beef/Shrimp ($13/14/15).

The sushi bar serves up special sushi rolls and sashima, offering customers a little something extra. One of our favorites is the Iron Man ($19), a step above area Spider Rolls that includes tempura soft-shell crab, shrimp, snow crab, eel, spicy tuna, asparagus and seaweed salad wrapped with soy bean paper.

And the showstopper is the Salmon Tataki, a salmon-and-avocado cake topped with caviar and deliciously drenched with ponzu sauce. The phenomenal dish is simple yet bursting with flavor.

All-in-all, A.W. Lin's offers a unique dining experience with enough delicious food options to satisfy just about everyone's tastes.

The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner throughout the week. Hours are 11 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. Sunday.
For more information about the new eatery in the Promenade, call 501-821-5398 or click here.