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Tulip Asian Cuisine Opens on Memorial Day

The restaurant, located at the former Ames location at 119 Main St. at Redstone Shopping Center in Stoneham, opened its doors to customers at 4 p.m. Monday, May 28.

It's been roughly one year in the offing, but Tulip Asian Cuisine's long-awaited grand opening was held on Memorial Day.

At 4 p.m. Monday, the restaurant opened its doors to patrons, according to Manager Chris Tsao. The establishment is located at the former Ames location at 119 Main St. at Redstone Shopping Center in Stoneham.

"We've had about 90, close to 100, people come in so far," Tsao said around 8:30 p.m. The goal for the opening was to serve more than 100 customers, according to Tsao, and the restaurant appeared on track to eclipse that mark.

The 82,000-square-foot restaurant, which was , features an 80-seat dining room, 76-seat Teppanyaki grill room, 32-seat lounge area (equipped with flatscreen TVs) and an eight-seat sushi bar. The restaurant also plans to introduce outdoor patio seating in the near future, according to Tsao.

About 9 p.m., the lounge was nearly filled to capacity, as patrons talked amongst each other while listening to pop music. The expansive restaurant can accommodate singles up to company functions of about 40 people, according to Tsao.

"So far everyone has been satisfied," Tsao said, referring to customers's dining experiences. "A lot of people have sat in and tried our hibachi area. We have the chef actually cook right in front of, and entertain, the customers just like any other hibachi area of a restaurant."

While he was unsure what the most popular dish of the day was, Tsao knows what his favorite meal is: the Peking duck.

The restaurant's menu is robust, featuring a variety of dining options including Japanese and Chinese cuisine, lunch buffet, sushi bar, children's menu and chef's specialties. 

Food prices vary depending on what you're purchasing, but here are the price ranges, according to the menu:

  • Chef's specialties: $11 to $30
  • Children's menu: $9 to $12
  • Chinese cuisine (appetizers): $4.50 to $18
  • Chinese lunch/combo specials: $7 to $8
  • Chow mein/Chop suey egg foo young: $7 to $8
  • Dinner combination platters: $9.90
  • Japanese cuisine (appetizers): $4.50 to $10
  • Japanese lunch specials: $8.50 to $11.50
  • Makimono: $4 to $9
  • Moo Shi: $8 to $9
  • Noodles: $6.50 to $12
  • Poultry/beef: $9 to $12
  • Rice: $1 to $7.50
  • Salads: $4 to $9
  • Sashimi: $3.50 to $5
  • Seafood: $12 to $13
  • Sizzling platters: $13 to $14
  • Soups: $2.50 to $7
  • Special Maki: $10 to $13
  • Sushi bar: $6 to $10
  • Sushi entrees: $16 to $50
  • Teppanyaki dinner special: $4.50 to $28
  • Teppanyaki lunch: $9 to $12
  • Teriyaki: $14 to $16
  • Thai dishes: $9 to $12
  • Udon (noodles): $13
  • Vegetables and bean curd: $9

Here's a look at the hours of operation at the restaurant, according to their website:

Business Hours

  • Monday-Thursday: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Friday-Saturday: 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
  • Sunday: Noon-10 p.m.

Lunch Buffet

  • Monday-Saturday: 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
  • Sunday: Noon-2:30 p.m.

For more information, call 781-438-1500 or 781-438-1511, or visit the Tulip Asian Cuisine website.

noreen porter May 29, 2012 at 11:48 AM
food was very good. dissapointed no fried shrimp on the appertizer menu?? also on the pupu platter for 2 way too much chicken needs more of a variety it consited of chicken wings chicken fingers chicken teriaki, small amount of boneless spareribs,and 2 egg rolls,
Mark Ouellette (Editor) May 29, 2012 at 01:15 PM
Hi Noreen, Thanks for the comment. Lots of chicken in the pupu platter? I probably would like that meal. Big fan of pretty much anything chicken served at Chinese and/or Japanese restaurants.
Sarah May 30, 2012 at 05:00 AM
The place is really beautiful and the service was excellent! I was a little confused about some of the stuff that we ordered but the manager had came over and took care of us. Very professional staff and very good food.
Mark Ouellette (Editor) May 30, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Thanks for the feedback, Sarah! Glad you enjoyed your dining experience.
Mary Giordano June 04, 2012 at 12:05 AM
We just finished having dinner at Tulip. They did a super job renovating the space. It is large and attractive with a great bar area. The food was very good and priced fairly. My only disappointment was that they do not provide free refills on soda. My husband and children all had refills on their soda and 7 sodas cost $17.50!!! It was the most expensive individual item on our bill! I just think the wait staff should inform customers of that policy since it is uncommon in this area.
Mark Ouellette (Editor) June 04, 2012 at 05:04 AM
Hi Mary, Thanks for the comment about your visit to the restaurant. I'm a bit surprised they don't provide free soda refills too. I guess I'm just so used to places giving away free refills that I forgot there are still those that charge per soda consumed.
Jon Holmes June 04, 2012 at 02:37 PM
We had dinner on Saturday night and the food was very good and they did a wonderful job inside. The service on the other hand was in the poor catergory, our wait person constantly disappeared for long periods of times when we needed something. They need to work on the training and getting other staff to help out as other staff were standing around but could have been helping out. I am sure over time theses things will be remedied over time with better training. We are excited to have another choice for food in Stoneham!
Mark Ouellette (Editor) June 04, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Hi Jon, Sounds like people are really enjoying the food thus far. The service will likely follow as you mentioned.
Mary Ann Maffeo June 09, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Where can iI view the menu?
Mary Ann Maffeo June 09, 2012 at 12:48 PM
where can I read a menu?
Mark Ouellette (Editor) June 09, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Hi Mary, We linked to the menu in the story, but here is the link again: http://www.tulipstoneham.com/ That link takes you to the restaurant home page, then click "Menu" toward the top. Hope that helps! :)
Joe Veno June 12, 2012 at 12:07 AM
What is the price of the lunch buffet ?
Mark Ouellette (Editor) June 12, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Hi Joe, The lunch buffet costs $10.50.
Don June 13, 2012 at 12:08 PM
My wife and I went there last Friday. Excellent. We found the place to be huge, much larger than you would think looking at the front.
Joe Veno June 13, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Thanks Mark
Diane Lee June 13, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Thanks Mary for the heads up on no free soda refills. I hate when restaurants don't inform you of that. I don't get why they don't refill for free they charge enough for the soda.
Daniel Olivio June 13, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Maybe they have different rules for dinner. I just had the lunch buffet (excellent btw, lobster and mussels and everything) and I had three Cokes and was only charged for one.
Don June 14, 2012 at 11:14 AM
Mary, thanks soooo much for this heads up. My wife and I were aware before we went in and just ordered 1 soda each, then switched to water. The waitress had a funny look when that happened, but is no knock on her service. All is good at this place, but they really should get rid of that policy or make it known. Knowledge is everything these days.
ally June 18, 2012 at 11:57 AM
Is this restaurant suitable for small children? I feel like the kids would get a kick out of watching the food being cooked!
Diane Lee June 18, 2012 at 12:41 PM
We went here for Father's day dinner and they did not change for refills. Maybe people complained and they did away with charging for the refills.
Diane Lee June 18, 2012 at 12:45 PM
Hi Ally, We took our 7 and 11 yr old for father's day and it was fun we did the Teppenayki (sp). At our table there was a boy about 3 or 4 that seemed to be enjoying himself. We've been taking our kids to teppenayki(sp) place since they were both little. As long as your child isn't afraid of fire or loud noices they would have fun. Kids meals are $10-$12. Food was great, service was a bit slow in the beginning.
Phil Dah June 30, 2012 at 01:15 AM
The greeters were very friendly and we did not wait to get a table.  The waitress with a very serious face commanded us to select drinks from the list. we preferred to get some sparkling water. The seaweed salad was a very tasty, but underneath we found a larger portion of thinly sliced dikon. The Beef was very tasty and tender. The General Gao chicken failed with all points. -It is supposed to be bite size, but the pieces of chicken were so big that I had a problem to chew it. -It is supposed to be crunchy outside and soft inside. But certainly it was over cooked and not crunchy, but soft. I asked her if she offers any dessert. I She replied they may have just ice cream. When the check arrived, we got a cheap fortune cookie.  It would have been classier to skip the fortune cookie. I asked the hostess if she was interested on my opinion. She looked at me and she said: no. I realized that she might understand English and so I repeated the question.  After my third attempt she said: yes. She called for the manager Chris Tsao. He approached with a very serious face and asked: can I help you with a tone which was dismissive and arrogant. I offered some suggestions.  He had patience for about ten seconds and suddenly he rudely left us.  I stopped him and asked if he would like to listen to my opinion. He just turned away to do something else.  This restaurant has potential, but the staff is rude and lacks patience. Food: B+.  Service: D.

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