The Best Asian Cuisine in Reno
By Christina Nellemann
Reno and Tahoe Local Expert
Reno has made a name for itself as one of the only places in the U.S. where you can get All-You-Can-Eat sushi…and it's excellent. Sushi places have popped up all over the city in the past few years, but some of the best are the favorite local spots such as the Sushi Club, Hiroba Sushi and Woo Chon. For a special sushi night, head to Ichiban where you can get your fill of raw fish as well as a Teppanyaki show at your table.
If you still like to play with your food, try the hot pot at 168 Café near Midtown or the popular Pho dishes at the Golden Flower downtown. If you are on the lookout for Dim Sum, Caie's Oriental has a huge selection of wonderful Chinese tidbits to taste. And, of course, don't forget the best Thai food in town at Bangkok Cuisine.
10 CaiE's Oriental Cafe
CaiE's Oriental Cafe reflects the great culture of Cantonese style cooking. Their delicious dim sum is handmade daily by a dim sum master from Guangzhou. Their dim sum menu consists of pork steam buns, beef steam buns, pork fried buns, or beef fried buns, pork shu mai, the sesame buns with red bean paste, crab rangoon and steamed egg custard buns for dessert. The quality of the food and vegetable is excellent, but the service can be a little spotty at times. (7758539668)
9 168 Café
This unassuming little place located in a strip mall near Midtown Reno has become a hot place for...well...hot pots. This Asian cooking technique can be found on nearly every table in the place and is their most popular menu item. For the hot pot, a boiling pot of broth on a small flame is put in the middle of your table and you are given various meats, vegetables and noodles to cook yourself. 168 Caf� offers several different types of hot pots depending on the size of the group. With the hot pot you can order other Shanghai and Cantonese dishes such as rice, Spare Ribs, vegetable dishes, Drunken Chicken, Lionhead Meatballs and Egg Rolls. Each dish is served with an amazing sauce. ((775) 622-3098)
8 Golden Flower Vietnamese
When you initially walk into this funky restaurant in downtown Reno, you would not initially guess that it serves some of the best Vietnamese and Pho in the city and happens to be a top locals choice for lunch and late night munchies. Start off with an appetizer of fresh, crispy Spring Rolls with a peanut dipping sauce, move onto a large combo bowl of Beef Pho with noodles, beef, tripe brisket, meat balls and a side of bean sprouts, chili oil, limes and fresh Thai basil leaves. Top it off with some green tea ice cream or some Thai iced tea. ((775) 323-1628)
Savor delicacies of Asia under the guidance of Master Asian Chef Benny Tsang at the elegant Chi, located at the Peppermill Hotel & Casino. Enjoy watching the live seafood in the aquatic tanks while you wait for your Crab Rangoon, Peking Duck, General's Chicken, Sweet and Sour Pork, Steamed Sole, Sharks Fin Soup or various noodle samples. Even though the restaurant is located deep in the belly of the casino, the decor is beautiful and the staff is friendly and fast. (1-866-821-9996)
6 Woo Chon Sushi & Japanese Restaurant
Woo Chon Sushi and Japanese Restaurant offers some of Reno's best sushi and tempura. Located in the Smithridge Shopping Plaza, they are open every day including holidays and serve up Maki and rolls made with the freshest fish. They have an all-you-can-eat menu or you can order by the piece from their Ala Carte. Some of the best rolls are the Caterpillar with avocado, the Touchdown with their warm "Yummy Sauce" and the delicious Pacquiao roll with jalape�o and crystal shrimp. You can also order tempura, mussels, soup and salad along with the all-you-can-eat menu. ((775) 825-2552)
5 Ichiban Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar
Ichiban at the Harrah's hotel and resort has been "The Best Tasting Show in Town" for year as well as a local favorite for Teppanyaki and their excellent all-you-can-eat sushi bar and tempura bar. The skilled chefs create sizzling steak, lobster, shrimp, scallops, chicken and vegetable dishes right at your table. Or you can sit at the sushi bar and enjoy more than 20 varieties of Nigiri Sushi and 40 Maki Sushi rolls, including several cooked and vegetarian options. The tempura, mussels and miso soup are also included in the price. Lunches run about $16 per person and dinners about $25. (1 775 323 5550)
4 Café de Thai
Café de Thai is the perfect Reno dining experience for extraordinary Thai cuisine. A wide range of dishes from traditional to the chef's specialties will tempt your palate and satisfy your appetite. Everything is thoughtfully prepared and beautifully presented. The Blue Crab Chowder is a nice Thai/American fusion starter. The Chef's specialties include Roast Duck Curry, Beef with Lemongrass, Lamb and Braised Eggplant, and many delicious noodle and seafood dishes. Be sure to check out the dessert cart as they offer a beautiful assortment of European and Thai delicacies. (775-829-8424)
3 Hiroba Sushi
Consistently voted one of the best sushi places in town and usually packed every night, Hiroba Sushi in the foothills above Reno has a cool vibe and wonderful sushi. Like most sushi restaurants in reno, AYCE is on the menu and for about $22 for lunch and about $32 for dinner you can get as much sushi as you want. Lunch comes with a bottle of warm sake and you can choose from a wide variety of rolls, Nigiri and hand rolls like the Yellowtail, the Paradise Roll and the Upside Down Shrimp. Their individual pieces of sushi are very good too. Visitors rave about the desserts which include Mochi Ice Cream and Fried Banana Ice Cream. ((775) 829-2788)
2 Bangkok Cuisine
An elegant and classic Thai decor will welcome you to this local favorite. This family run restaurant in Midtown serves authentic and delicious Thai food. They have the classics like Pad Thai and some excellent red, yell and green curry dishes. Their appetizers ilke Coconut Prawns, Shrimp Rangoons and Spring Rolls are excellent. Their Thai Salad with the peanut dressing is delicious with a hint of honey and spice. Their popular entrees include their soups like Mixed Vegetable Coconut Soup and Tom Kha soup. Their noodles include Spicy Basil and Wide Noodles with Chili Sauce. You can also get a variety of stir fry veggies and meat with your choice of sauce. The Bangkok Seafood Pot is also good with Fresh Crab, Cod fillets, Large Shrimp, Scallops, Calamari, pineapples and mushrooms, cooked with a chili sauce, coconut milk, lemon grass and kefir leaves. Save some room for dessert and get the Sticky Rice and Mango or Green Tea Ice Cream. ((775) 322-0299)
1 Sushi Club
Don't let appearances deceive you. This sports bar-like sushi restaurant serves up the best sushi in Reno. The chefs are open and friendly and the atmosphere is fun. Locals will let you in on some of chef's "specials" and you can eat yourself silly with an all-you-can-eat lunch and dinner. Visitors from the Bay Area will even take a trip up to Reno specifically for a few rolls at the Sushi Club. The typical rolls at the Sushi Club are some of the best: these include the San Francisco (try it deep fried with crab on top), the Rainbow Roll, the Salmon Skin Hand Roll and Wayne's Hand Roll with crab and scallops. One of the most delicious specials is a Shrimp Tempura with Crab on top. Many of the larger rolls like the Caterpillar and the Mountain are only served during their all-you-can-eat dinners. At dinner and lunch you can also get mussels, daikon radish appetizers, miso soup and cabbage salad. ((775) 828-7311)
About Christina Nellemann
Christina has lived in the Reno/Lake Tahoe area since she was a baby. A first-generation Nevadan, her Danish parents instilled in her an intense love of travel and the wild, rugged outdoors of the Western U.S. She spends her time hiking, camping, biking and kayaking in the mountains around her home, and snorkeling and boating in Lake Tahoe. Christina loves to visit the neighboring states of California, Oregon, Utah and Arizona but has traveled around the world including to Japan, Fiji, Turkey and Ecuador. When she's not traveling or living outdoors, Christina is a graphic and web designer, writer and blogger.
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