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8 Asian Restaurants in Detroit

Posted on Monday, December 19 2016 in Dining

The Peterboro

Tucked inside Detroit's revived Midtown neighborhood lies evidence of the city's past. If the city's restaurant owners and hospitality elite have any say what was once Detroit's Chinatown has risen again. From fresh sushi to spicy Thai flavors, comforting dishes of pho and culinary masters taking on classic dishes in new ways, the dining options in and around Detroit are bursting with invention. If one bowl of noodles is never enough, these are the places you must try:

Chubby Duck: Chef Ian Diam is serving up Japanese Street food at 208 Grand River Ave. near The Belt alley. Grab a Chubby Cone – filled with green onions, sesame seeds, daikon, carrots, avocado, cucumber, grilled chicken and hiyashi wakame. It's everything you love about sushi made portable.

Johnny Noodle King: This isn't your basic Ramen. The Japanese-inspired menu at 2601 W. Fort Street ranges from rich broth-based noodle bowls to spicy sauced up dishes and fresh sides. Warm up with a Red Curry bowl overflowing with scallions, watercress, cauliflower and either Pork Belly or Shredded Pork. Fried onions and fish sauce make it really worthwhile. Add a cocktail with Johnny Smoking Gun whisky crafted by Detroit's Two James Distillery.

Katoi: Bursting onto the restaurant scene in flashes of light and the most irreverent menu, this Thai-inspired spot at 2520 Michigan Ave. in Corktown has quickly become a food industry favorite. Chef Brad Greenhill is cooking up wildly flavorful dishes from hot pots to full, fried fish. Too long of a wait, you say? Either opt for a cocktail or come back for the late-night eats that include Chickpea Tofu or a Bahn MI of smoked ham, house bologna and chicken liver mousse.

The Peterboro: American Chinese Food hardly describes what Chef Brion Wong has ushered into the Historic Chinatown neighborhood at 420 Peterboro. Plates large and small are stocked with flavor. Yes they serve a take on Sweet & Sour Pork and Almond Boneless Chicken, but you'll also crave Cheeseburger Spring Roll and Soy-Braised Chicken Wings with Michigan honey. Time it right and add a sake tasting.

Sala Thai: A trip to Detroit's Eastern Market offers a barrage of culinary options. All delicious, none will delight the senses as much as a visit to longtime Thai favorite, Sala Thai. Grab a seat at 3400 Russell Street and order anything – just be sure to add Kow Pad Subparod, pineapple fried rice.

Shangri-La: Say these four words to anyone seeking a more authentic Cantonese option in Detroit. Dim Sum All Day. Shangri-La at 4710 Cass Ave. makes a case for leisurely enjoying every bite. The menu is stocked with great options for those hungry for lettuce wraps, curry, sushi or noodle dishes, too.

Maru Sushi: Robert Song opened the first Maru Sushi in Okemos and now downtown has its very own, very beautiful location in the Federal Reserve Building. Brand new to the dining scene, Maru opened just last month with a promise to serve the freshest ingredients.

SuperHappy Sushi: Looking for a quick, delicious sushi fix? The attitude may be ultra friendly, but the sushi is on target, too Detroiters love the wink and nod to the city in rolls like All That and A Bag of Chips – featuring avocado, yamagobo masago, mango, chili, sesame and yes Better Made Potato Chips. Find it and more at 4454 Woodward Ave.




Writer Stephanie Angelyn Casola could live on sushi alone. She owns the PR and events firm Prologue and can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..