Sometimes, the urge to have Asian food strikes, and nothing satisfies until you get it. When that happens, count on 10Best to point you in the direction of Atlanta's best Asian restaurants. We understand the desire to have a great meal, and we work hard to bring you the top places to eat in Atlanta. We vet restaurants carefully for quality, and when we recommend popular eateries like Tamarind Seed Thai Bistro or tell you that Com Vietnamese gets good reader feedback, you can believe it. We'll make sure you get - and eat - what's best.
If it upscale you want, then you'll definitely want to visit Nan Thai Fine Dining, the sister restaurant to Tamarind Seed. Another posh spot that made our list is Tantra - perfect for a sexy date night.
Searching for a restaurant that offers several different cuisines? Check out Top Spice in the Emory area, Little Bangkok on Cheshire Bridge or R. Rice in Dunwoody. For the truly authentic Chinese, visit Canton Cooks, especially at lunch, where you can score exceptional lunch specials.
Healthy never tasted so good at Chow Bing. The restaurant, near downtown, features delightfully tasty wings and bowl dishes at low prices. All dishes contain no MSG and most a gluten free.
Chow Bing is located in the Pencil Factory Lofts near downtown Atlanta. The spot features reasonably priced Asian food. Start with wings or the lobster wontons. Try the sweet siracha flavored wings. They are slightly spicy with a mild tingling on the tongue. Then for mains choose a bing bowl and bing wrap. Bowls come with choice of rice or noodles. Both come with your choice of protein and your choice of vegetables and savory sauce like spicy cilantro or sweet and sour. Quality of the food is high as most of the meats and vegetables are organic to offer the best flavor with no fillers or MSG. (404-614-6194)
A favorite of the Emory crowd, Top Spice serves both Thai and Malaysian food. It has since expanded due to an additional location, but the original is still the best. Calamari appetizer and Roti Canai are both quite tasty and make for hearty appetizers. Curries are fantastic here especially the Red Curry and Masaman curry. Don't forget to order a Thai Iced Tea to compliment your meal. If you are visiting at dinner order a Lychee-tini. It does get quite noisy in the restaurant, so you may want to consider takeout if you aren't up for a noisy dinner. Hate phoning in orders? Just use their website to place an order. (404-728-0588)
Little Bangkok, located in the Cheshire Bridge area, has quite a loyal crowd. Expect to find them at both lunch and dinner times. The Pad Thai, while arguably the most popular Thai dish is done very well here. So is the Tom Ka soup. The duck in red sauce is also delightful. Regulars love the green curry as well. They have good options for vegetarians and also offer some Chinese dishes too. Prices are extremely low and service is nice and efficient. A good choice if you need to be in and out in a hurry. The decor is kitschy with walls covered in Thai artwork. (404-315-1530)
This unique, modern restaurant provides a sensual escape for all with its candlelit dining room, rich red walls, sexy Mediterranean sountrack, and Silk Road inspired menu. Tantra's dishes are exotic and flavorful, with selections such as the hummus tahini and sautéed lamb appetizer and the grilled ostrich filet entree. Oh and don't miss the tuna which comes with a lovely edamame hummus. Also make sure to order a side of the cauliflower with a slightly nutty taste. They also offer a variety of "playful libations" to round out the meal. Tantra masters the art of combining exciting tastes with a calming atmosphere for a memorable dining experience. (404-228-7963)
Located in a strip mall, meander to the the back of the shopping center to get here. This is authentic Szechuan food as you can see by most of the patrons. Try the salt and pepper squid or the spare ribs. Some customer favorites are the Crab meat soup and snow pea leaves as well as the Fish Maw. They have a terrific lunch menu at reasonable prices. Expect to get a portion of food that can feed you for two to three meals for only about seven dollars. Weekends get crowded but waits are not long. (404-250-0515)
Cóm Dunwoody Vietnamese Grill
A comfortable, soothing dining room dressed in muted tones sets the scene for an inviting meal at this well-received Dunwoody restaurant. Family-run, it boasts Vietnamese cuisine with a French influence.. Representative dishes include seared ahi tuna with a soy-chili reduction, Indochine lamb bourguignon, "shaking" filet mignon, and Vietnamese chicken curry. Noodle and clay pot entrees are available too, and provide a tremendous amount of food. along with a handful of exotic cocktails that will readily transport your taste buds to an Eastern locale. Try some of the white wines which pair extremely well with many of the menu items. They have a lovely patio too. (770-512-7410)
R. Rice, located in a strip mall in the Dunwoody area does a brisk lunch business with the office workers nearby. But if you are looking for a spot to easily get into on a weeknight for dinner, this should be your choice as the food is outstanding. Although it is located in strip mall it is surprisingly pretty inside this Thai / sushi restaurant. Begin with the Tofu and Calamari, or the Tuna Pizza. The King and Queen's Crown, (crab meat encased in a crown of avocado) is wonderful as well. For mains try the Grouper Katsu or Masaman curry. Sushi lovers should try the Hawaiian roll or American Dream roll. ((770) 804-8155)
An Izakaya is known as a place to sit, relax, drink and share small plates. Owner Guy Wong, has created an atmosphere which keeps guests coming back. Glancing over the cocktail menu you will see numerous creations with Sochu, the Japanese version of vodka. Drinks include Lychee, watermelon and cucumber and other refreshing flavors that marry well with Sochu. Menu highlights include the miso soup with crab, steamed buns, and Madras Lamb. Sushi is fresh and well-prepared as are dishes like Tuna Tartar with quail egg on top. The food presentation itself is quite breathtaking. The recent addition of a 10 pm ramen menu is another reason to opt for a late night dinner. ((678) 701-0128)
Tamarind Seed Thai Bistro
Family-run and managed, this Thai establishment is among the city's best. Its soothing decor is the perfect backdrop for spectacular cuisine that provides a true sense of what Thai fare should be. Fragrant spices and fresh vegetables conspire in dishes that create complex, but not overpowering, flavors. Try the curried fish cakes for a sampling of the kitchen's skill; lobster tail and spicy lamb are also fantastic options. At lunch they offer a bento box style lunch. This is a nice option for nearby workers to get in and out in a hurry. Don't miss out on desserts as their house made ice creams are truly fantastic. (404-873-4888)
If Atlanta has only one uber classy Thai restaurant, that restaurant is Nan Thai Fine Dining. As the name suggests, this is very upscale. From the giant golden tamarind to the rattan furniture inside and the servers in their authentic attire, attention to detail is obvious in everything at Nan. It has also has the price tag to match the upscale décor found here. Nan is the sister restaurant to Tamarind Seed. Two of the best dishes on the menu are the Sea Bass and lamb. The midtown location is perfect for those taking in a play after dinner. If you really want to splurge order the Chef's Table at $115 per person and 5 courses. (404-870-9933)
About Malika Harricharan
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