My husband and I were "menu in the window" shopping around downtown looking for the best fit for our Friday night early dinner. He doesn't eat seafood and is not a fan of Italian, two of my favorites, so it usually takes us some time to come across something that works for both of us. As we were standing in the window reading the extensive menu, a woman come out to us and told us that we MUST come inside. She was visiting for 2 days, and upon eating here the day before, she was so impressed that she came back TWO more times. She suggested the calamari right off the bat, so I was sold.
The menu is a great fusion of cuisines. Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Mongolian and Korean. There are so many things to chose from, that I was having a hard time deciding. My husband is a meat eater, so he was happy with offerings of Mongolian Beef, Beef Pho, Green Curry and Korean BBQ. He decided on the Mongolian Beef. I didn't want to get the typical Pad Thai, so I asked the server for some help. She told me that if I love Pad Thai, to give theirs a try because they have a unique twist, and it is not laden with peanut sauce - so that is what I ordered. We also ordered the calamari as an app and their Volcano "sushi" roll - a cooked blend of various seafoods. I mentioned before that my husband doesn't eat seafood...
Calamari: BEST we have ever had. Husband LOVED it. It came on a bed of sauteed ginger, garlic, onions and peppers. The cracked pepper flavor, teamed with the perfect batter, texture and veggies were a complete hit.
Mongolian Beef: The plating was gorgeous. Plenty of food. He ordered it with extra spice (he likes things VERY hot). Meat was tender, the blend of flavors spot on. He was pleased.
Pad Thai: YUM. It is not your traditional dish - this had more of a broth to it, a sweet n sour broth that was a perfect compliment to the super thin noodles and veggies. Not at all dry or coated in peanut sauce like most restaurants do. It was perfectly different and very satisfying.
Volcano roll: not a traditional roll at all, but more of a fun twist on "sushi:. It came in a huge tower, tempera rolled (not rice rolled) and covered in a yummy mango sauce. Very, very filling. My non seafood eating husband ate half of it!
We had to force ourselves not to go back again the next day because we really wanted to eat each meal for the weekend at different restaurants. Truth be told, after eating at a few other establishments, the right choice would have been to go back - there are just so many things on the menu we wanted to try. We will go back the next time we head to Ashland.
Oh, and the drinks are put together really well. Creative and the right balance of alcohol and flavor.
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