10Best Asian Cuisine Restaurants in Reno: From Bento to Sushi
By Christina Nellemann
Reno and Tahoe Local Expert
The Reno area 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 for around $25 per person...and it's excellent. Sushi bars and restaurants 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 Reef Sushi & Sake in Downtown Reno. 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 like to experience different flavor combinations, try the Taiwanese Burgers at 101 Taiwanese Cuisine in Downtown Reno or the pho at Golden Flower the the shadow of the Reno casinos. 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. Cafe de Thai in South Reno is a few miles from Downtown Reno, but is a stylish restaurant that serves elegant Thai food along with daily cocktail specials and live music on their patio in the summer months.
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. CaiE's also offers a to-go menu that includes much of the main menu items including their great Pan-Fried Noodles with various vegetables and choices ofchicken, beef or shrimp for less than $10. (7758539668)
101 Taiwanese Cuisine
101 Taiwanese Cuisine in Downtown Reno offers traditional Taiwanese food in a sleek and modern cafe atmosphere. The menu offers lunch and dinner specials that include Braised Pork With Rice ($4.49), Half Beef / Tendon Noodle Soup ($10.49), Shredded Pork With Young Bamboo ($9.89) and Shrimp With Lobster Sauce ($12.89). Try the cute little Taiwanese Hamburgers with Pot Roast Pork, Crispy Pork Cutlet or Crispy Fish and served with crushed peanuts, sweet sauce, cilantro, pickled radish and red sugar �all for under $5. 101 also serves bento boxes with your choice of dish and braised pork rice, simmered egg, sweet radish, and daily side dish. ((775) 657-6144)
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.Other elegant menu items include the Deep Fried Calamari in Spicy Salt appetizer and Braised Whole Abalone with Oyster Sauce & Seasonal Greens. 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)
Café de Thai
Cafe 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. Cafe de Thai also has special cocktail specials like the 2 for 1 Mojitos all day on Thursdays. (775-829-8424)
KitzMo Sushi, Teriyaki and Bento
While KitzMo (located on the corner of Kietzke and Moana lanes) is not a fancy sushi restaurant, they do serve up some excellent sushi, teriyaki BBQ and even the cutest little bento boxes you can take with you. The restaurant's menu features the typical Nigiri and rolls that you see around town. The fish is really fresh and the chefs are quick and friendly. Specialty rolls include the Sierra Roll with Sierra Roll with spicy crab, salmon, lemon and teriyaki sauce, the Red Dragon with crystal shrimp, cucumber, spicy tuna and teriyaki sauce and the cooked Banzai Roll with crystal shrimp, crab, cucumber, ebi, mango, avocado sweet mayo sauce. ((775) 826-6789)
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)
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)
Reef Sushi & Sake
Another one of Reno's all-you-can-eat sushi ($25 for dinner) spots stands out for both its location and Hawaii themed menu. This fun and lively sushi bar and restaurant is located right on the Truckee River downtown and features fresh nigiri and rolls like the delectable Surf & Turf with tri-tip and lobster or the Mount Fuji with real snow crab and fresh salmon. Other rolls include the Reef Roll with dill cream cheese, the Lanai with red snapper and vodka sauce and the Duke Roll with goat cheese and real snow crab. Their appetizers are just as interesting. Try the Coconut Butter Salmon Salad, Crab Cakes or Stuffed Mushrooms. ((775) 800-1388)
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)
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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