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Asiano Bistro located in the Kirkwood neighborhood provides quality Pan Asian cuisine

The dining room is spacious and inviting
The dining room is spacious and inviting

Asiano Bistro - Photo credit: P. Wilder

Asiano Bistro (2618 Lawndale Drive, Greensboro; 288-8883) Owners Ken and Huong Ni have brought together Japanese, Thai, and Chinese recipes to offer familiar dishes, as well as new ones, that combine the different cuisines. The quality food, coupled with an open and beautifully decorated interior, provide patrons with a warm and relaxing environment.

Ken Ni has worked in the restaurant business for over 10 years and is still involved with the Harusaki Fusion Sushi Bar located in Burlington. Ni renovated and decorated the restaurant space (formally the Grappa Grill location) to reflect the mix of cuisine through the artwork and decor.

The restaurant provides space that is conducive for intimate dining, a family dinner, outside dining, and large parties. A private dining room is available at no extra charge. The room is also available for day-long or extended meetings for a nominal charg and is equipped with a flat screen television that can support audio and visual presentations.

Enjoy the bar for drinks, appetizers, and dinner

Asiano Bistro also has a full bar. A variety of sake, wines, and beers have been selected to compliment the cuisine.

After the choice of beverage has been made, start the meal with one of several choices of appetizers. The Asiano Sampler ($10) comes with Crab Rangoon, Gyoza, Spring Rolls, and Summer Rolls. The popular Lettuce Wraps ($7) are also offered as a vegetarian appetizer or with chicken. In addition, Geisha Tofu ($10.50), Honey-Wasabi Shrimp ($9), Oysters ($10), Calamari ($8)  are among the meal starters.

Tom Yum Soup ($6), a Thai Soup made with shrimp and lemongrass, and Miso Soup ($2.50), a soy-based seaweed soup with tofu, are among the soup choices.

Salads can be also be found on the menu for a full meal or as a side. Those prices range from $2.50 to $12.

A variety of Sushi is available from the Sushi Bar that include offerings such as the classic California Roll ($4.50) and some of the Bistro's signature rolls like the Dragon and Phoenix ($12) which is a shrimp tempura with spicy tuna topped with avocado and tobiko.

The Sushi is made fresh to order

Meal entrees include specialties ($15-$26), like Asian Crispy Duck ($18), and a variety of seafood, steak, chicken, and pork recipes designed by the Bistro's chef.

Other familiar dishes like Moo Goo Gai Pan ($11), Sesame Chicken ($14), Thai Curry Chicken ($13), Fried Rice ($9.50) are also on the menu.

Vegetarian ($8-$9) and Hibachi Grill ($11-$28) choices are also available.

Desserts include a Japanese Banana Split ($6) that is a tempura banana with two scoops of ice cream drizzled with chocolate and topped with whipped cream and cherries. Ice cream (vanilla, red bean, and green tea) can be served frozen ($3.50) or fried ($5). Tempura cheesecake ($5) is also served.

Another special feature of the Bistro includes a 15-minute-guarantee lunch for $6.50. The choices include Sweet and Sour Chicken, Sesame Chicken, Beef with Mushrooms, Thai Curry Chicken, or Black Pepper Chicken. Each of these is served with either fried or white rice. Other lunch choices ($6.50-$7.00) are also available without the 15-minute guarantee.

Although the restaurant has only be opened a few weeks, the friendly waitstaff is efficient and knowledgeable. You might even see Ni walking around in his signature ball cap seating customers, cooking, serving, or occasionally trying his hand at the Sushi bar. "I am not so good at that," said Ni. "I cook, but don't do so much sushi."

So, whether you are driving across town, walking, or just looking for great Pan-Asian cuisine that isn't a chain restaurant or one with a two-hour wait, visit Asiano Bistro in its location in the back of Kirkwood Commons right off of Lawndale across from the Target - Harris Teeter shopping center.

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