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Do you love Asian food? We do too, and that's why we dedicate ourselves to finding the best places to enjoy Asian cuisine in Detroit. We've diligently scouted out the top eateries, and we've listened to our readers and their reviews of Detroit restaurants. We share the places that get great buzz, like Hong Hua, and we showcase the ones that have proven themselves over time, like Mon Jin Lau Restaurant. We also point out good neighborhoods for Asian restaurants in Detroit - Downtown, for instance. When the craving hits, we'll make sure you get your fix!



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Mon Jin Lau Restaurant


 

A favorite in suburban Troy, this pan-Asian (or Nuasian, as they call it) eatery serves everything from sushi and sashimi to soft-shell crab and seared sea scallops in corn-chile sauce. Inside, you'll find a warm, inviting ambience, and the Far East-inspired decor includes palm trees, a vaulted ceiling, and large picture windows. Arrive early for lunch, because local professionals flock here on a regular basis. A trendy late-night lounge is available as well.


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Downtown
Wasabi


 

Whether it's the cool and light refreshment of sushi, or the spicy warmth of kimchee, diners will not be disappointed. Wasabi offers a menu with Japanese and Korean influences. All of the usual suspects are present for the sushi menu: king crab, tuna, and eel. However, diners wanting something a little more substantial and a little less raw can enjoy the bibimbap served in a hot stone bowl. The restaurant is small and unpretentious – even the owner is frequently seen bussing tables.


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Set in a strip mall, this appealing Japanese restaurant chooses, curiously enough, to serve fabulous Asian fare amid French-inspired artwork. Don't let the discrepancy throw you, however; instead, concentrate on the menu, which is designed to accommodate non-sushi eaters as well as fans of the carefully crafted delicacy. Sitting at the sushi bar lets you observe the chef's preparations, and the menu boasts both maki and nigiri. Cooked dishes include tempura, teriyaki, and a host of cook-at-your-table options. Omakase dinners, which allow the chef to craft a complete meal for you, come in four to seven courses.


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Downtown
Orchid Thai


 

An unassuming sign and tinted windows hide away Orchid Thai's clean and airy interior from the naive passerby. Those in the know, though, are treated to generous portions and genuinely tasty Thai food make this restaurant a favorite among Detroit professionals. The dishes run the gamut of spiciness, some with American influences, but most without. The basil fried rice and the pad thai are just some of the the aromatic favorites that Orchid Thai prepares.


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West Bloomfield


 

Comfortable booths, polished wood trim, and etched-glass partitions add a note of richness to this popular establishment. While it serves Cantonese cuisine, Shangri-La is best known for its dim sum offerings. These delicious tidbits range from curried baby squid and pan-fried dumplings to sesame balls and steamed chicken feet. Beyond dim sum, the extensive menu includes noodle and rice dishes, casseroles, and main courses based around seafood, beef, pork, poultry, and vegetables. Late-night options are an added boon.


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Novi
Shiro


 

Occupying a 1930s Greek Revival mansion this lauded restaurant merges Japanese and French cuisines. The interior similarly maintains vintage architectural embellishments while overlaying them with a cherrywood sushi bar and tatami rooms. Lots of sushi and sashimi make the most of fresh seafood and accompany sesame-crusted ahi tuna, beef teriyaki, and breast of Peking duck. Western dishes include roasted boneless rack of lamb, filet mignon, and broiled whitefish. Expect a good selection of sakes.


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Merging sushi with lounge atmosphere, Sakana is a big hit for ambience, especially when you're entertaining hip friends. Pull up at the stainless steel-topped bar, or stake out one of the sofas or tables, and then indulge in terrific raw fare. Maki, nigiri, and temaki (hand-rolled, cone-shaped) selections in seemingly endless formulations can be had, or you can opt for rice or noodle dishes, entree salads, and even tempura selections. Aside from food, you'll find great drinks, DJs spinning regularly, and a plasma screen.


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Farmington Hills
Hong Hua


 

Cantonese dishes and seafood take the forefront at this well-received restaurant. Its calming dining room is largely contemporary, warmed by sleek woods and accent art. The broad menu offers both exotic and familiar options, from pricey braised abalone to comforting sweet and sour chicken. Rice and noodle dishes also make appearances, and the kitchen is happy to customize your entree or even create something geared specifically to your tastes. Live seafood entrees are invariably fresh, and the chef's specialties showcase the kitchen's ample skills, which is great if you're having trouble deciding what to eat.


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