A survey of the best restaurants in East and Southeast Asia in Charlotte
FEATURED RESTAURANT: MIZU
3100 Apex Drive
Mizu, which translates to “water” in Japanese, exemplifies the best of Asian fusion: traditional cooking techniques, local ingredients and flavors from multiple regions. Chef Michael Chanthavong serves a seafood-focused menu using a Japanese barbecue method that dates back thousands of years. Take a seat overlooking the open kitchen and you’ll see the Robata grill sizzling with lobster, duck breast and grilled vegetables. The menu also includes maki, chilled and raw dishes, and Japanese desserts like a coconut parfait and grilled pineapple a la Robata. Head to the rooftop of the Hyatt Centric SouthPark to experience the Orchestra of Flavors.
1315, boul. East, Ste. 130
Choose from hibachi bowls, ramen, and a sushi menu with Charlotte-themed buns.
ASIAN BISTRO SABI
130 Harbor Place Drive, Davidson
Find Asian-inspired dishes, from sushi and stir-fries to sweet and sour chicken, in an elegant interior.
NEW ZEALAND COFFEE
1717 Sardis Road North, Ste. 6A
This small, 40-seat seafood grill and sushi bar serves an assortment of specialty rolls – the spicy dragon, bamboo, and crispy eel are all colorful bites of bliss – and for less than its chic cousins. chic neighborhoods.
613, chemin de la Providence
This family-run restaurant offers take-out, but with its modern dining room and bright patio, you’ll want to sit down at a table.
3019 Shamrock Drive
This 31-year-old Vietnamese restaurant is known for its pho noodles, but regulars know how to start with bánh xèo, a tasty rice flour pancake folded over sliced pork, shrimp and bean sprouts.
222 E. Bland Street
This ramen house promises authenticity, irreverence, and delicious savory bowls of hot noodle soup.
LET’S MEAT KBBQ
1400 S. Church St., Ste. B.
This all-you-can-eat barbecue-marinated meats are served with Korean side dishes like steamed egg soufflé.
325 Arlington Avenue, Ste. 108
Artistic sushi, a moody interior, and a punchy sound system draw dinner parties and nightly crowds, but the quick service makes this a great lunch spot.
2000 boul. South, Ste. 510
This third location in the Japanese restaurant of Charleston-based Indigo Road restaurant group offers great service, a beautiful interior, and dishes full of flavor.
RAI LAY THAI
1520, boul. South, Ste. 130
Carrot shreds and blossoms brighten up fresh sushi roll plates, and the pad thai tastes more elegant somehow when served in a large white bowl with a bright pink and white orchid on the side.
HO HO CHERRY HOUSE
2001 E. 7th St.
This Elizabeth restaurant always serves good Chinese food like Pork Fried Rice, Rangoon Crab, and General Tso’s Chicken.
8410 Rea Road, Ste. 100
These are sushi for real sushi lovers. The Luke Lobster roll is a delicious bite of lobster meat, spicy tuna, avocado and eel sauce topped with sweet potato strings.
ASIAN CUISINE SPICES
251 textile route, Fort Mill
Dumplings and pad thai are always good, but bibimbap, bossam, and curry dishes are great for the adventurous palate.
ASIAN FUSION YAMA
720 Governor Morrison Street, Ste. 130
This upscale Japanese restaurant offers sushi, hibachi and Asian-inspired dishes. A second location is in Waverly.
210 N. Church St.
Thai lovers can satisfy their cravings with Pad Thai, while the more daring can try dishes like Crispy Red Curry Duck, a Rich, Deep Duck Half in a Spicy Red Curry Sauce.
MOA BBQ KOREAN
128 Tryon St.
You can order Korean tacos and kimchi bulgogi nachos a la carte, but the table barbecue is the main attraction. Watch your waiter cook beef brisket and pork belly as you sip an artisan cocktail.
214 N. Tryon St., Ste. 110
Lightning fast and friendly service complements hot and savory Chinese dishes such as Sha Cha shrimp and Mongolian chicken.
6601, boulevard Morrison
The chef’s signature buns steal the show, but the menu also includes ramen, salads, and bento boxes for the lunch crowd.
YAMAZARU SUSHI & SAKE
2173 Hawkins Street, Ste. A
This stylish South End restaurant serves noodles, ramen and sushi, as well as sake, cocktails and beer.
SEOUL POKE BOWL
3609, boul. South, Ste. D
This cozy countertop restaurant serves up buildable Hawaiian-style poke bowls with a Korean twist.
11212 Providence Road, Ste. B
As a Certified Sake Advisor, Chef Robin Anthony pairs fish with sake in the same way a master sommelier pairs food and wine.
ZEE FUSION & SUSHI
16925 Birkdale Commons Parkway, Ste. F, Huntersville
Feast on fresh sashimi, nigiri, and specialty buns, or nibble on blackened tuna nachos and edamame.
ASIAN YAME NOODLES
4435 Park Road, Ste. 300
Choose from a range of authentic Asian noodles like ramen and pad thai, along with other Pan-Asian dishes like fried rice, sesame chicken, and sautéed vegetables.
7510, chemin Pineville-Matthews, Ste. 5A
Get custom poke bowls or enjoy your poke burrito style in one of four signature wraps.
3016 Weddington Road
The menu at this modest Matthews restaurant is long; find Chinese staples like General Tso’s chicken and lesser-known clay pot dishes with salted fish and curried beef brisket.
9882 Rea Road, Ste. F
Order a family-style spread with traditional street food, noodle soups and rice dishes, and save room for bubble waffles, a made-to-order cone filled with your choice of ice cream, toppings and drizzle.
BANH MI BROTHERS
230 EWT Harris Blvd., Ste. A7
This quick and relaxed Vietnamese restaurant serves traditional banh mi sandwiches, homemade porchetta and pho-tine fries. Don’t forget to add a Thai tea or fruit shake to your order.