This splashy pan-Asian bistro saves West Siders the hassle of heading to AsiaTown for their stir-fry fix. Granted, the dishes lack the authenticity and complexity of the real McCoy, but that's the price we pay for convenience. The sweeping menu touches on the cuisines of Thailand, China, Korea, Vietnam and Japan. In addition to sushi and sashimi, there are Thai salads, Chinese staples, Vietnamese noodle soups and Korean barbecue. Beer, wine, sake and cocktails available. Large patio with alfresco bar.
Located in the Asian Plaza a three-floor complex of professional offices, gift shops, herb stores, and Asian food markets Li Wah offers an assortment of traditional dim sum as well as a large menu of fresh seafood and authentic Hong Kong-style cuisine. Dim sum is served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Expect Cambodian & Thai favorites like pad thai, fish dishes, and vegetarian friendly chop. A comfortable dining room that invites the sated to lounge a little too long.
The menu at this sunny storefront café is eclectic. There is miso soup and mushroom quiche. Salads are topped with tofu and crab stick. Sandwiches are stuffed not only with tuna fish and egg salad, but also panko-breaded tilapia and Japanese pork cutlet. Katsu-don is a one-meal wonder of meat, rice and egg. Lovely garden patio.
A welcome alternative to fast-food lunches, this funky downtown noodle house and juice bar combines fresh flavors and speedy counter service with a casual college-town vibe, for a dining "experience" as unique as it is inexpensive. That's probably why the lines are sometimes out the door. Go, and feel good.
A welcome addition to Coventry Village's restaurant row, this comfy bistro serves a pan-Asian menu, with a focus on Japanese, Thai,and Korean cuisines. Big lineup of sushi, too.
What this jewel box of a bistro lacks in size, it more than makes up for in style, thanks to an umami-filled contemporary Asian menu. There are nods to Chinese, Thai and Japanese cuisine, with stellar ingredients buoyed by complementary flavors and spices. Sushi and seafood shine, as do heartier meats like pork belly and duck. Vegetarians can even dine well on crispy tofu and pad Thai.
There is more to Korean food than kimchi and bulgogi, and this cozy eatery is the perfect place to expand one’s range. Meals begin with crispy pan-fried mandu, or beef dumplings. Sweet bits of seafood and scallion dot a fluffy egg pancake. And bibimbap is a glorious bowl of rice topped with beef, veggies, runny egg and hot-chile paste. Fragrant condiments known as banchan fill what little space is left on the table.
Settled inside the Golden Plaza, this modest bistro offers a full lineup of Korean specialties, including a version of bibimbap that is out of this world.
Do yourself a favor and seek out this relative newcomer, where bottomless bowls of rich noodle soup go for a pittance. Replacing (and fashionably so) the former New Wong’s, Wonton dishes out some 20 varieties of Hong Kong-style soups, overflowing with plump shrimp and pork dumplings, garden-fresh greens and thin noodles. Wonton also serves a wide selection of congee, or rice porridge.
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