Greensboro’s Ten Best Asian restaurants
4612 W Market St.; 336.852.2077; nikitaindia.com
The thing I love about this place is the scope of their menu ‘— dozens and dozens of dishes, many with which I am completely unfamiliar. They have 14 kinds of bread and 10 or so dishes each based on chicken, goat, lamb and seafood. Eleven appetizers, six side dishes and four desserts round out the extensive selection. I like the coconut soup with pistachios in it, and for Bugs Bunny fans they serve a decent Mulligatawny. They also put out a decent lunch buffet Tuesdays through Sundays and a dinner buffet two nights a week: Sunday and Wednesday.
Taste of Thai
1500 Mill St.; 336.273.1318
Not to be confused with the line of Thai-cooking products available at the grocery store, this restaurant in the Lawndale/ Battleground section of town has a serene and elegant dining room and a large selection of authentic Thai cuisine as well as some exciting Asian-French fusion dishes coming out of the kitchen. If your sinuses are up for it, try the tuna (rare, of course) with wasabi sauce, kind of like a green, spicy gravy that can make a grown man weep.
Pho Hien Vuong
4109 Spring Garden St.; 336.294.555
YES! Weekly graphic designer Lisa Ellisor swears by this Thai joint on Spring Garden because of their large assortment of vegetarian dishes and also the Phad Thai variations. She also digs the spice. ‘“They have the greatest Thai yellow curry I’ve ever had,’” she says, ‘“and I’m a Thai curry snob.’”
4205 High Point Rd.; 336.294.9286; saigonrestaurant.net
Said to be the best Vietnamese restaurant in town by people who know about such things, Saigon’s menu boasts over a hundred items, including many high-end dishes like lobster tail and soft shell crab, all utilizing the flavor of nuoc mam, a basic Vietnamese ingredient. Saigon is more of a bistro with an Asian flair than it is a basic ethnic restaurant, and they also boast a strong wine list that complements the fare. Also, rumor has it that the owner, a man named Ducky, will come to your table and sing to you on your birthday.
709 Battleground Ave.; 336.282.0044 and two other Greensboro locations
Not everybody wants the sit-down treatment when they go out to eat Chinese. For these people Mr. Wonton is a logical choice, with a few tables on the floor and a counter up front doing a lively take-out business. I’m not sure if Mr. Wonton is descended from the same people for which the succulent Chinese noodle is named, but I do know that Mr. Wonton’s food is fast, hot and plentiful. Not a lot of signature dishes here, but they’ve got all the basics covered, plus it’s ready when you are.
423 S. Tate St.; 336.370.9677
Sushi 101 takes the standard sushi restaurant formula and shakes it up a bit. Located in the Bohemian enclave of the University District on Tate Street, Sushi 101 has a modern dÃ©cor, a youthful staff and cool music wandering throughout the dimly lit room. They’ve got a nice little bar in here, too, for Ã¥ la carte sushi eating or afternoon sake drinking.
5109 W Market St.; 336.292.5901
This place is the Taiwanese equivalent of the mom-and-pop family restaurant, owned by an adorable couple and serving up the authentic goods at prices so low they are actually unreasonable. This is also one of the first Asian restaurants in Greensboro that was not Chinese take-out, so every restaurant on this list can trace its roots back to this place. They deserve to be congratulated for expanding the palates of the city
4630 W Market St.; 336.632.4567
With a name like Wasabi, you’ve got to expect great sushi and Japanese food. And you’ll get it here, with plenty of that pale-green horseradish paste that so many of us have come to love, even rely on for clearing our sinuses during allergy season. But insiders tell me that Wasabi also serves the best Korean food in the city and it’s where actual Koreans go when they want comfort food from their native land.
Sapporo Fantasy Japanese
Steak and Seafood House
2939 Battleground Ave.; 336.282.5345
I love this place. I love it because you can eat at a big hibachi table or sit at the sushi bar or slide into a booth. I love it because they’ve got cool-ass samurai swords and stuff on the shelves by the door. And I love it because they’ve got one of the most talented and disciplined sushi chefs in town: The Mustache Man, who takes his post behind the sushi bar on their busiest nights. An associate has described his sushi as ‘sick.’
Panda Inn Chinese Buffet
808 Friendly Shopping CE.; 336.855.7109
Sometimes I like to buy my Chinese food like I buy my toilet paper ‘— in bulk. I try to keep it to four laps around the buffet table at the Panda Inn, with the first one dedicated solely to soup. I’ll do a fried appetizer lap, loading up on the Chinese mustard and duck sauce, and then a hot entrÃ©e lap (sometimes two). Then I polish the whole thing off with a double-shot of pudding, banana and chocolate, which I like to mix together and eat with vanilla wafers. If I did it every day, however, I wouldn’t be able to see my own feet.