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“Authentic pan-asian kitchen”
Review of Tan's Asian Cafe

Tan's Asian Cafe
Ranked #232 of 801 Restaurants in Tallahassee
Cuisines: Chinese, Asian
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Delivery, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Beirut, Lebanon
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142 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Authentic pan-asian kitchen”
Reviewed October 7, 2013

This is a really good place. It's a small, unassuming, all-about-the-food kind if place. They have Chinese, Japanese, and Indonesian menus. We had the Indonesian and went back a few days later for some more. Excellent nasi goreng, curries, and noodles. Try the vegan 'lentu.' It's like a fragrant asian falafel. Be careful though, the meat they use can be fatty asian style so ask before you order about the kind of meet in each dish.

  • Visited September 2013
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3 Thank MazenKh
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Charleston, South Carolina
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103 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Like a big city ethnic restaurant in Tallahassee”
Reviewed September 25, 2013 via mobile

When I lived outside of Washington DC, one pleasure was discovering usually tiny, family run, ethnic restaurants. Often there were dishes not on the English menu but advertised as specials on wall placards. Sometimes the ingredients were unfamiliar and the flavors strong,but these dishes frequently outshone the more or less standardized offerings of the English menu. I heard that there was a similar cafe here in Tallahassee off Capital Circle NE. Tan's Asian Cafe is small, perhaps twenty seats. The menu lists the usual Chinese American standards with the Indonesian specialities on the last page and on the wall. I've visited three times this month been pleased. Babi Rica Rica, a spicy pork stew, is my favorite so far. The warning on the menu that the dish is very spicy is true but not excessively so. I have also tried a noodle dish and the beef tendon stew. Actually, I would call the meat shin beef rather than tendon.

Visited September 2013
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Thank Ed M
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Bloomington, Illinois
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37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Tasty and Very Reasonably PricedAsian Food”
Reviewed September 18, 2013

Freshly made asian food . Very good taste.
Lentu starter is the best - its made with Lentils and its got the Indian flavor of Masal vada.

Visited August 2013
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Thank Trvlr_freq
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Greeley, Colorado
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“It is the real deal”
Reviewed August 27, 2013

This restaurant may be small but it is mighty when it comes to breadth of menu and quality of food. It doesn't seat many, perhaps 30, and there is usually a line of folks waiting to get in. We usually go early so we don't have to wait. There is a great variety of dishes from all over SE Asia and everything I have tried there has been excellent. The wait staff is very friendly and accommodating, the restaurant is clean and the prices are very reasonable. Three of us dined for less than $40!

  • Visited August 2013
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2 Thank gkrafft
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Tallahassee, Florida
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222 reviews
162 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Authentic Asian Food”
Reviewed August 14, 2013 via mobile

The atmosphere at Tan's has a lot to be desired, but the food easily makes makes up for the difference.
My wife grew up in SE Asia, so she knows the difference between Americanized and real Asian food, and she said Tan's offers food closely resembling the cuisine she grew up on.
The menu is extensive, with different regional food separated into sections.
On this day we both enjoyed Indonesian food. It was very good, served steaming hot and in generous portions.
We will definitely return.

  • Visited August 2013
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1 Thank Ron C
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