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“Good food” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Sesame Asian Kitchen

Sesame Asian Kitchen
21 Windburn Way, Ashland, OR 97520-2735
541-482-0119
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Ranked #18 of 129 restaurants in Ashland
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery
Description: Sesame’s menu is inspired by the various cultures of the Far East, representing a fusion of cuisines from the South China Seas. We incorporate fresh Asian vegetables, free-range meats and house-blended spices with other specialty ingredients to create seasonal menus. Local partnerships allow us to feature the best ingredients and we offer beer, wine, sake and specialty cocktails to complete the experience.
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20 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Good food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

A clueless waitress ruined our experience. Doubt she will be there when you visit so go for the food. None of the apps or entrees had the snap one expects from pan-Asian. I kept searching for the peppers in my Szechuan noodles with beef. The chef needs to be bolder or this will become plain Chinese.

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LISA B, Owner at Sesame Asian Kitchen, responded to this review, October 23, 2013
Rick, I'm sorry to hear you weren't completely impressed with us. If you you can provide any specifics about your server, I'd really like to look into it. What happened? We truly want all our guests to have a fantastic experience when they dine with us, so I apologize if that wasn't the case. We tend to reign back the heat factor in our dishes to be more approachable to a wider audience. If you like more spice, feel free to request a side of chilies. Please don't hesitate to reach out with more detail.

Sincerely,
Lisa, Owner
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Ashland, Oregon
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Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
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“Too sweet and not creative”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

The wood floors and open seating lead to a very noisy atmosphere. The food (pho and mao po tofu) was overly sweet, rather than oriental spices. It's not as good as it use to be a couple of years ago.

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LISA B, Owner at Sesame Asian Kitchen, responded to this review, October 23, 2013
We put a lot of thought into our dishes, so I'm disappointed to hear you think we've lost our edge. Our pho and mao po tofu shouldn't be overly sweet, but I'll make sure to check with the kitchen about that to make sure there isn't hasn't been any miscommunication with preparation recently. Both those dishes are served with hoisin, creating the sweetness you mention. I'd love to welcome you back for you to try some of our other dishes. Our menu is quite expansive, and I know there's something you'd love. Just check with your server to recommend more savory options.

Sincerely,
Lisa, Owner
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“Surprise!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

We visit this restaurant annually during our attendance at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and had mourned what we perceived as a downward trend in food quality. However, we treasure the setting on Lithia park, the interior decor and ambiance, the service, and affordable fresh food. So, we were happily surprised on our recent visit to enjoy two exceptional dishes: the Bangkok Pork and the Thai Hot and Sour soup with duck. Both were spicy, complex, flavorful, and completely satisfying. We hope this is a return to more delicious food that matches the rest of this lovely restaurant's qualities.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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LISA B, Owner at Sesame Asian Kitchen, responded to this review, October 23, 2013
We always strive for consistency, so it's great to hear we kept up that high quality on your recent visit. Making sure our guests have a fantastic time with us is our number one priority, and I can't wait to share your thoughts with the rest of the team.

Thanks so much for sharing your feedback. We're looking forward to welcoming you back next year!

Many thanks,
Lisa, Owner
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“Good food.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

We had a very tasty pre-theater meal here. The food was very tasty and the wait staff was attentive and helpful. We will surely return again next year. The menu is somewhat limited, but everything we had was delicious.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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LISA B, Owner at Sesame Asian Kitchen, responded to this review, September 30, 2013
Thanks for the words of encouragement! Great food and service is what we aim for, so it's wonderful to hear this feedback. We love being a pre-show dinner destination and can't wait to welcome you back for the next one. See you then!

Sincerely,
Lisa, Owner
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“Excellent Pho”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

Sesame has a wonderful location. Had a very filling, satisfying and delicious Pho with chicken. Didn't need to eat again for the rest of the day!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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LISA B, Owner at Sesame Asian Kitchen, responded to this review, September 30, 2013
Compliments like these just make my day, thank you for sharing! We're proud of our pho, and it's wonderful to hear how much you enjoyed it. Next time you need your pho fix, we'll have a bowl ready for you.

All the best,
Lisa, Owner
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