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From Poke to Pho: 10Best Asian Restaurants in Reno



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 and you can pick and choose whether you want your sushi in a traditional way at Sushi One or deconstructed and DIY at FinBomb Sushi Burrito & Poke Bar.

If you like to experience different flavor combinations from other countries, 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 some of the best Thai food in town at Thai Lotus.

Speaking of the Reno casinos, they also have an excellent selection of Asian cuisine including classic Chinese food at Chi at the Peppermill and both sushi and teppanyaki at Ichiban at Harrah's.


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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.

Recommended for Asian because: 101 Taiwanese Cuisine serves an interesting mix of flavors in a cool atmosphere near Downtown.

Christina's expert tip: 101 also serves bento boxes with your choice of dish and braised pork rice, simmered egg, sweet radish, and daily side dish.

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Downtown


Bab is a traditional dish that means "meal" or "rice" in Korean. This contemporary and popular lunch spot in the Downtown area serves a healthy version of the rice bowl. Choose from Bibim-bab, a bowl of rice or noodles topped with vegetables, sauce, and your choice of meat or items like sushi, kimchi or Korean sweet and spicy chicken wings. The tangy Bokkum-Bab contains Korean spicy cabbage and fried rice with pork. Each of the bowls are around $10 each and drinks like tea or soda will run you another $3. Bab has plenty of seating on both the inside and their patio. Check out their wall of Korean cookbooks.

Recommended for Asian because: Bab's simple, yet delicious bowls are perfect for both lunch and dinner.

Christina's expert tip: Bab now has two locations. One in Downtown and another next to the Cinemark theater in South Reno.

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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.

Recommended for Asian because: Golden Flower's spring rolls with peanut sauce are full of basil and fresh shrimp.

Christina's expert tip: Golden Flower has its own parking, but it can get full. If you are staying downtown, you can walk to this place right by the Circus Circus hotel and casino.

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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.

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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.

Recommended for Asian because: KitzMo also has Japanese bento box lunches you can take with you.

Christina's expert tip: KitzMo's AYCE menu includes appetizers and choice of dessert.

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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.

Recommended for Asian because: Bangkok Cuisine has some of the best customer service in town.

Christina's expert tip: The Bangkok Cuisine in Midtown is the original. There is another restaurant south of town and a Bangkok Express in West Reno.

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Southwest Reno


Sushi One is not one of the largest sushi restaurants in Reno, but it does have some of the most dedicated customers. Not only is the sushi at this South Reno restaurant super fresh and delicious, but the customer service is excellent and the sushi chefs are fast and talented. Sushi One has the typical all you can eat lunch and dinner menus that include appetizers and desserts with a great assortment of nigiri, maki and hand rolls. Try the Snow Mountain with crystal shrimp, fish and crab or the Sushi One roll with charred yellowtail. At Sushi One you can sit at the bar or at one of their tables.

Recommended for Asian because: Sushi One has wonderful, friendly chefs and staff and a charming atmosphere.

Christina's expert tip: Sushi One's AYCE lunch specials also include appetizers like gyoza and mussels.

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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.

Recommended for Asian because: Ichiban's sushi menu is massive and the interactive Teppanyaki dinners are fun.

Christina's expert tip: Ichiban offers Early Bird dining from Sunday to Friday at the 4:30, 5:00 and 5:30 time seatings.

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Southwest Reno

Thai Lotus is a family-run business in South Reno and features some of the most flavorful Thai food in the area. Their popular lunch specials give you a mixture of curry and noodle tastes to choose from served creatively in delightful bowls. Their dinners features traditional dishes like Pad Thai and Pad Sew Eew, noodles soups and rice dishes. They also have contemporary dishes like Pineapple and Basil Salmon as well as gluten-free options. Their drink menu includes Thai iced tea and Asian beers and wine. The service is wonderful and the decor reflects the family's love of Thailand and its royal family.

Recommended for Asian because: Thai Lotus has a huge menu with both traditional and contemporary Thai dishes.

Christina's expert tip: The Thai Lotus lunch special is an excellent deal for less than $10.

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FinBomb Sushi Burrito & Poke Bar has deconstructed the traditional roll and put it into a colorful bar where you can make your own delicious and creative dish. FinBomb serves handpicked fish, vegetables and sauces inspired by Hawaiian and Asian cuisine. You can choose from a variety of bowls like the Volcano Bowl with rice, tuna, crab salad, cucumber, avocado, tobiko, wasabi aoli and hot sauce or make your own with a wild variety of items. The sushi burritos include the "F" Bomb with ahi tuna, yellowtail, salmon and wonton strips served in a wrap. FinBomb also serves a wide variety of ramen bowls for those chilly days.

Recommended for Asian because: At FinBomb you can create your own unique poke bowl or sushi burrito with tons of ingredients.

Christina's expert tip: FinBomb also has make-your-own ramen bowls.

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Meet 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...  More About Christina

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