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“What a great find!”
Review of Spicy Asian

Spicy Asian
Ranked #83 of 269 Restaurants in Ithaca
Cuisines: Asian
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Reviewed January 4, 2014

A friend who's Chinese introduced us to this place, and I'm always pleased to see Chinese families dining here. The food is unusual for Ithaca's Chinese offerings -- Szechuan, hot and spicy, with offerings I'm not accustomed to seeing on menus elsewhere. The service is accommodating, though they seem to be just learning English. We love the Tom Yum soup, each bowl arriving with a couple of large shrimp, plenty of straw mushrooms, bursting with the flavor of lemongrass, vinegar, and chili oil. The Peking duck is crisp and lovely, served with little risen buns (I was expecting pancakes); you should probably give them 24 hours' notice if you plan to have it. We've had ma po tofu, a spicy soft tofu dish with a bit of pork ground into the sauce that was achingly tender. The seaweed salad is fresh-tasting and just sweet enough. Lamb with cumin is spicy, and is served over a bed of cabbage -- delicious! My favorite so far has been a Szechuan-spiced dish of pork intestine -- sounds yucky, but it was totally delicious. There are offerings of pigs feet and other surprising parts of the pig. Spicy Asian's menu is an adventure, and the place has become one of my favorite Ithaca restaurants.

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Reviewed November 18, 2013

this establishment located in a strip mall appears from the outset to be just another cheap chinese/buffet, but actually serves very good and authentic cuisine. Loaded with different options from around the different provinces, you'll be surprised at how good it actually is here.

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Reviewed November 2, 2013

While visiting our son at college, we decided to go for dinner here because it was late and a lot of places were closed. It was a "find!" The food was excellent. Loved the tom yum soup and vegetable fried rice. Portions were small but perfect for us -- we could not have brought home leftovers anyway. Price was good for Ithaca. Service was fine contrary to some of the other reviews here.

Will definitely go there again.

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1  Thank Doxibug
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Reviewed September 1, 2013 via mobile

We arrived on a Sunday late afternoon. We came to this place following the reviews we read saying that its the best Chinese in town. Now we find it hard to believe given the large Chinese community in town. When we entered, it looked promising as staff was hardly speaking English.

First we were surprised by the plastic dishes! No Chinese restaurant that consider itself genuine will serve in plastic dishes.

The dishes were good but very salty (MSG??). As we lived in China for few years, we could tell that none of the Schezuan like dishes were authentic. Shrimp dish with noodles was good. Squid dish was very dry. Brown rice with vegetables and chicken was just ok and very salty. Egg rolls were supermarket quality.

Service is as good as in most Chinese restaurants.
We didn't suffer but we won't return.

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Thank Erano69
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Reviewed August 5, 2013

First, I live and work in Ithaca, NY. We go through restaurants, watch them come and then watch them go. There was one other table occupied on the day we tried this spot. It is a huge space and this is not the first place to try to make it here.

First the positives:

Clean, neat, good service, varied menu, diverse selections, fresh ingredients.
It is average Chinese/Asian food on nicer plates.

Now the negatives:

Small portions, mediocre food, and the final straw for me,,, ridiculous pricing!!

Lunch entrees at $12 for Chicken Broccoli with NO soup, NO chinese noodles, NO tea
$2 extra for brown rice, with a big plate and a small amount of food

My daughter had the Sesame Chicken with an Eggroll, around $14

So lunch for the two of us, leaving hungry and Not great Chinese food, $30 plus,
sorry but you can do much better in Ithaca or even Dryden. This place will not last.

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Thank Newman019
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