I am in Roanoke for work this week, and saw an ad in a magazine for Cafe Asia. I phoned to see if they serve gluten-free soy sauce (which tells me a lot about their g-free knowledge) and they said yes. Then I checked urbanspoon and verified that they are gluten-friendly.
Upon our arrival, my friend and I sat at the sushi bar. After a few g-free questions about the imitiation crab and some other things, our server (who knew most of the answers) said she would send over her manager, who could tell us more.
He was fantastic! His name is Feng Chen. Not only very friendly, but very knowledgeable. He loves to eat, loves to cook, and tries out every combination that he recommends. When doing g-free substitutions, the flavor combinations change and so he recommends different sauces, etc, to enhance the proper flavors.
He asked questions to find out what I like, then suggested various combinations (we were discussing sushi rolls). He described himself as the go-between, learning what I like, and then telling the chefs/cooks what to create for me. Everything he suggested was wonderful.
For dessert there was a fruit dish with fried bananas (I chose fresh), kiwi, mandarin orange, and strawberries, with chocolate drizzle.
It was a work of art.
Everything was a work of art. The presentation was amazing.
As most gluten-free customers know, it can be hard to find a restaurant that will treat you like royalty.
Feng Chen and the staff at Cafe Asia does just that.
Thank you Feng, for a wonderful meal and wonderful experience!
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