Harmony Steakhouse Brings Authentic Cuisine to Whitestown
Writer / Renee Larr
Photographer / Kelli White
Quality is an important factor when choosing a restaurant. The restaurant leaders at Harmony Steakhouse, which opened in November in Whitestown, focus on quality, both in the food they serve and the interior decor.
“We offer a higher quality of food product than other restaurants,” says Owner Ren Yang. “We offer items like filet mignon, wagyu fillet, king crab, sea bass and lobster tail.”
The restaurant leaders prides themselves on being authentic but not traditional.
“Our menu showcases a variety of items from the main kitchen, a sushi kitchen and a hibachi grill,” Yang says.
Yang and his wife Lin Guo have previously owned fast-casual Asian restaurants, and wanted to branch out into a higher-end restaurant.
“We wanted to open a steakhouse-type restaurant with a beautiful interior,” Guo says. “That was as important to us as the quality of the food. We also wanted our level of service to be the best. We know customers are looking for that when they go out to eat.”
The restaurant offers sushi rolls named after local cities.
“The Zionsville roll has shrimp tempura, spicy tuna, mango, avocado and cucumber,” Yang says. “It’s wrapped with green soybean paper to represent Zionsville and topped with spicy mayo and eel sauce. The Whitestown roll has spicy snow crab, tempura crunch, avocado, and is topped with white tuna to represent Whitestown and a spicy citrus sauce.”
The main kitchen dishes out Japanese appetizers and entrees such as karaage and takoyaki.
“Karaage is Japanese-style fried chicken,” Guo says. “It is served with spicy mayo sauce on the side. Takoyaki is a ball-shaped flour cake filled with diced octopus. It’s served with eel sauce, mayo sauce and bonito flakes.”
Guests can choose from several types of udon and ramen.
“Udon is usually served with clear soup, shrimp tempura and vegetable tempura, but on our menu, we created teriyaki stir-fried seafood udon for the people who like stir-fried noodles more,” Guo says. “For the people who like stir-fried ramen, we have teriyaki stir-fried vegetable ramen on our menu. For people who like spice and seafood instead of pork belly, we have spicy miso seafood ramen.”
The pair get their love of food from their travels.
“Whenever we go to a new city, we love to go to restaurants and taste different kinds of food,” Yang says.
The inspiration for the name of the restaurant comes from their Chinese culture.
“The meaning of harmony is very deep among Asian cultures, both Japanese and Chinese,” Guo says. “We all know that peace or harmony is precious around the world, people to people, country to country, culture to culture. Harmony is invaluable and it is very important to make things smooth and make people happy. We also wish, when people come to our restaurant, that they feel peaceful and relaxed, just like their home.”
The couple chose Whitestown because they live in the community.
“We wanted to find a community with good schools for our kids, and Whitestown offers that,” Guo says.
Harmony Steakhouse is located at 6124 Mills Drive in Whitestown. For more information, call 317-769-6666 or visit harmonysteakhouse.com.