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Shui Asian Fusion
Ranked #306 of 1,336 Restaurants in Rochester
Cuisines: Chinese, Thai
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Reviewed December 31, 2013 via mobile

Me and a long time friend of mine went here for lunch and ordered the sesame chicken with white rice. The food was cooked to perfection. The service was above all the rest and they use real chicken meat.

Thank athonest
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Reviewed October 13, 2013

My screen name means "little spice" in the Thai language, a phrase I learned when my husband and I traveled to Thailand a couple of years ago. The legendary spiciness of food served in Thailand seems to have caused an opposite reaction in US restaurants. Too many Thai restaurants in the US serve overly sweet the dishes, forgetting that Thai food is all about the balance of sweet, sour, salty, and bitter. Shui Asian Fusion gets it right. The food has a good balance of flavors and a wonderful fresh taste. The most remarkable thing about the cooking is the way the chef gets each element in a dish cooked properly -- fully cooked without being dried out.

My only criticism of the food is that the dishes marked spicy aren't seriously spicy. Some restaurants use a system to indicate the level of spiciness. Shui simply marks the food with a single chile pepper image and the degree of heat is worth about one chile in a multi-chile system. If you want your food hotter, ask for the condiment tray. After a couple of visits, the waiter, James, will automatically bring the chile paste to your table when you order.

We've eaten four meals here and the following dishes have all been standouts:
Tom Yam Goong (S1) -- hot and sour soup; huge portion with fabulous moist shrimp and the
right amount of chile heat in the broth
Nuer Pahd Nam Hoey (TB1) -- beef with mushrooms, scallion, and ginger. The menu did not list
spinach as an ingredient, but I believe this dish came to the table with spinach. The
spinach was a fabulous addition to the recipe (I may be confusing the unexpected
spinach with Pad See Yu [N2] which we also enjoyed greatly.)
Kratieum Prik Thai (T4) -- This is from the category of dishes where diners choose the protein or
the option to keep the dish all veggie. We had this dish of shitake
mushroom, scallions, and bamboo shoots prepared with chicken. Lovely.
Wild Mango (T6) -- Slighly under ripe mango chunks with onions, bell pepper, and snow peas in
a sauce with good balance of sweet and sour. We had the dish prepared with
shrimp. My favorite!
Pad Thai (N1) -- a very appealing version of the national dish of Thailand
Som Tam Esan (S6) -- Green Papaya Salad; lovely version of this dish with a bit more chile heat
than other dishes with the chile symbol

James is an attentive and pleasant server, but I worry that he and the restaurant may be overwhelmed if every seat in the restaurant gets filled. We've only eaten at Shui on week days (3 dinners and one lunch) and the kitchen and James kept up with the demand. Food came out steaming hot with completely acceptable wait times.

The review form includes the question "Is this one of the best meals you've ever had in a restaurant?" That's not a very useful question. How can I compare this start-up neighborhood restaurant with modest décor and a lone waiter to the likes of a Michelin-starred restaurant? The question would be better worded if it read "Is this one of the best meals you've ever had in a restaurant of a similar category?" The answer is an enthusiastic "yes" and that includes more established and fancier Thai restaurants.

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Thank PetNitNoy
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Reviewed October 4, 2013 via mobile

Four of us thought we'd try this new place in our downtown neighborhood. Being in a building that had housed KFC and a questionable Chinese take out, we were a bit reticent...once inside, that all went away. Lovely setting!
The owner came out and helped with the menu as there were items new to us. The whole meal was delightful, tasty, and full of many flavors. The dumplings filled with chicken were the best I've had... Light and delectable. Grilled calamari, a rice appetizer wrapped in banana leaves. For main courses, a wonderful noodle dish with beef, a Thai spicy basil with shrimp, and a chicken panama curry. It was all excellent! No room for dessert although they sounded great. This was a real culinary treat. Two chefs, one from China, the other from Thailand . We will definitely return!!!!

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Thank Sandy M
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