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Comment Archives: Locations: Restaurants: Asian Fusion: 5 Stars

Re: “Xiao Bao Biscuit

Thit Bo. Damn. I wanted to go into the alley out back to see if there was a Vietnamese lady squatting over a piece of charcoal with a grill basket in one hand and a fan keeping the coals hot in the other. These people are doing it right. The nuoc nam sauce was wonderfully fishy, citrusy, and spicy. You are supposed to just dip into it but I finished it off with a spoon.

BeerLao for $4. Yes, in Laos it is $.60, but you are not in Laos.

5 of 8 people like this.
Posted by Mr McFood on April 17, 2013 at 10:52 PM

Re: “Fire Street Food

Service is just kind of meh. Atmosphere also leaves something to be desired, as the tables are kind of cramped in the very narrow space.

The food, however, is outstanding and reasonably priced. Best curry this side of Calhoun. Working on King street, I eat here at least once a week.

Posted by queenofthefoodage on February 14, 2013 at 4:06 PM

Re: “Fire Street Food

My husband and I had food from here twice for takeout and once to dine in (in the span of about 2 weeks). We've tried a variety of the items on the menu, and everything has been terriffic. The service was more than fine the time we ate there. I highly recommend the Pad Thai and the Laos Egg Noodle Soup with Braised Pork. You can't beat the food for the price! It's one of our new favorites.

Posted by Colleen on February 13, 2013 at 2:48 PM

Re: “Fire Street Food

Great food for a great price.

Posted by Michaela Cooper on February 13, 2013 at 2:12 PM

Re: “Ko Cha Asian Restaurant

Love this place - - favorite Korean place in Charleston. Excellent quality and prices and friendly staff.

6 of 7 people like this.
Posted by Rex1234 on December 24, 2012 at 10:17 PM

Re: “Xiao Bao Biscuit

I've been to XBB twice now, once for lunch, and once for dinner. Both experiences were fantastic. This is NOT an Asian Fusion restaurant. The dishes XBB create are authentic to Asian heritage; some of them are indeed spicy, and you will enjoy your experience more if you share the dishes among the table in the Asian tradition.

Lunch provides some great sandwich options, I had the pork sandwich (filling but not too heavy) and the cabbage pancake is fantastic (this dish is on both the lunch and dinner menus). The dinner menu is more extensive, so there is plenty to try. The flounder dish currently on the menu is absolutely to die for -- it has this lightness complemented by fennel and dill that keeps the broth from overpowering the fish. I wanted to steal it all for myself!

Also incredible is the drinks selection. Joey (formerly of Belmont Lounge) has created some amazing cocktails, and they have some really cool international beers I had never heard of, but were very good.

The vibe is very cool and this is a really easy place to meet people and strike up new conversations. Not only is the staff really friendly, but the other patrons were a lot of fun and interesting to chat with. Overall, this is a great addition to the Charleston scene, and definitely provides and experience you can't find anywhere else in town!

5 of 10 people like this.
Posted by O-Ren Ishii on December 3, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Re: “Octobachi

Octobachi has a great environment, great staff, and high quality food. It's a great restaurant and they always have drink specials! I am excited to have them in my neighborhood!

1 of 1 people like this.
Posted by Cody505050 on September 23, 2011 at 1:46 PM

Re: “Zen Asian Fusion

The Sushi was great, the presentation was great and the taste was great I recommend the place to all my friends. The servers and maitre'd (James) were very friendly and gave us a free appetizer. Great place!

Posted by Varied1 on August 26, 2011 at 12:17 PM

Re: “Riso Noodle House

I love this place and can't get enough of it! The menu offers an amazing array of fresh and delicious food. There isn't anything on the menu that I don't like. The service is outstanding. Regina, the server who always helps me, is wonderful. She remembers who you are, who you've brought in and always asks how they are doing . . .even if they aren't with you. There is no doubt that this is Charleston's best Asian restaurant. There's something on the menu for everyone.

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Posted by Happier on August 25, 2011 at 7:48 PM

Re: “Octobachi

Went twice in the past week, the first for drinks and the second for dinner. Was very pleased to find Greenville's own Kind beer on tap and loved the reclaimed wood bar. Bar staff was very friendly and enjoyed sake shots for the first time in my life. On my second time to Octobachi I had the chicken and mushroom hibachi. Upon ordering I was told the chicken was free range and was thoroughly pleased, I believe this should be the norm and like that they don't advertise the quality of their food and at 8.99 I was very happy with the proportions and perfectly cooked chicken and mushrooms. The teriyaki sauce went very well with everything on the plate. Overall I'm very pleased with my two experiences at octobachi and will definitely be back soon. It is definitely what this neighborhood needs.

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Posted by another cofc student on June 20, 2011 at 10:14 AM

Re: “Octobachi

Amazing design, phenomenal food, really friendly staff, and great add to the Charleston restaurant scene! Well done Octobachi.

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Posted by MasterChef on June 18, 2011 at 11:32 AM

Re: “Riso Noodle House

I can't believe Riso Noodle House isn't the talk of this foodie town. Everything about this place is great --- our server was extremely friendly and helpful and the food is wonderful! I ordered the yellow curry with chicken and my significant other ordered the Mongolian beef Bento box. We can't wait to return to Riso Noodle House to try more of the items on the menu.

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Posted by alteredstate on May 20, 2011 at 10:03 PM

Re: “Spring Roll

The staff is friendly, and for the quality of the food, the prices are unbelievable! Seriously gives Tasty Thai a run for its money... Not to mention the fact that if, like me, you eat dinner around midnight, Spring Rolls is down for the count every night of the week. I think they deliver until 2AM during the week and 3AM on weekends.

The yellow, green and red curries are all delicious, as is the pad thai. The sushi rolls are not gigantic but what they lack in size they make up for in taste. Great lunch specials, too.

Posted by bogardsthooligan on April 22, 2011 at 10:55 PM

Re: “Riso Noodle House

We love the Riso Noodle House, we have been there at least 5 times and the meal has been delicious everytime. Try the mongolian beef or the mr. beef, they are both excellent! The people that run the place are extremely nice and always there if you need anything. You will definitely have a refill before your drink is half empty. It is clean and reasonably priced, too many asian restaurants in Charleston charge too much money for below average food. The menu is expansive and has something for everyone. The bento box is a great deal! I hope you will give Riso Noodle House a chance, we are glad that we did.

Posted by mirax40 on January 11, 2011 at 6:09 PM

Re: “Riso Noodle House

By far one of the best Asian restaurants in town and worth a drive. I had the teriyaki bento box and was overwhelmed by the variety of flavors and the quantity of food. It was one of the less-sweet teriyaki beef dishes that I have had and the flavor of the tender meat came through nicely. The ginger dressing on the salad was very fresh tasting and the 2 Grenade appetizers were a wonderful surprise. The staff are very attentive and watching two women manage the whole dining room was a study of efficiency and grace. My partner had the Yaki Soba noodles upon the recommendation from the server and the dish arrived sizzling! We left very satisfied and would advise everyone with a craving for Asian flavors to take a trip to Riso noodle house. Oh and the prices are very reasonable.

Posted by cadetgray on January 11, 2011 at 12:35 PM

Re: “Riso Noodle House

My hubby and I randomly picked Riso Noodle house tonight because we couldn't decide on a place to eat. We definitely broke our rule of eating in a place with pictures on the menu, but it actually came in handy here. The food was AMAZING and the prices can't be beat! My husband ordered the Singapore noodles with chicken. This may be the first asian place with REAL chunks of chicken...and lots of it. I ordered the Mongolian beef with fried rice. The beef was super tender... not that chewy, rubbery beef you get at most Asian places around here. The rice was light, not super greasy and no fake pork chunks in there. Just simple fried rice, with a little egg and green onions. The food comes mild so that any palate can enjoy the food, but we added a little spice. Our waitress took great care of us as well. On the way home I texted EVERYONE to go out and try this place!

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Posted by frannybnanny on November 6, 2010 at 9:08 PM

Re: “Zen Asian Fusion

Tonight was the first time I went to Zen. I had heard great things about this place from friends and family but never really gone there myself. I went there right before heading downtown with my husband for Halloween. I must say, this place was a huge surprise for me. When entering the restaurant, I was stock to see the beautiful glowing bar and the dark red and brown interior wall with bamboo separating the dinning rooms. It was so modern, nothing from what I had expected coming into West Ashley. The menu had varieties of Asia from modern sushi to traditional Thai. We started with rock shrimp tempura as an appetizer. My husband ordered a signature roll (Mega Million) and I had the Pai Thai. The appetizer was plated lovely and so delectable. The roll was absolutely stunning, I was so impress on the detail that was put into a simple roll. The Pai Thai for me would be considered as a second best, it was a very close tide to Basil downtown. The server was quick and very professional. I was happy to see that there was a server and a runner for each table, this to me made the restaurant classier and stands out from others around that area. Even though they had a unique beverage menu, there were regular drinks and deserts like any other place in Charleston. However, Zen was able to just put enough of their own special touches to make it more elegant. I have to say, I was very impress with the whole experience of ZEN and will definitely be recommending others to be coming here.

Posted by NealJ153 on October 31, 2010 at 3:48 AM

Re: “Riso Noodle House

Great food served hot and with a smile. Helpful and attentive servers.
Been there several times. So far everything we have tried has been great.
Chicken soup, Chow fun noodles, pad thai, etc.

Posted by JohnJ on September 2, 2010 at 11:34 AM

Re: “Riso Noodle House

I''ve been there three times already, and I have no problem making the trip from JI for it. The Yaki Soba Noodles are absolutely delicious. A simple, clean, noodle dish served sizzling, fajita-style. My boyfriend got the Mongolian Chicken Bento Box, and was blown away. I was a little concerned about the addition of broccoli and cheese with bacon crumbles, (but who doesn't love that combo anytime?) Also, their ginger dressing is one of the best I've had. The apple sake, served uber warm, is a steal at only $4.50! Ask for extra water, because the chili oil they bring to the table is intense, and very flavorful. I will be back, and I recommend you check this place out, too.

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Posted by little s on August 6, 2010 at 1:44 PM

Re: “Riso Noodle House

Extraordinary Place! Went to this place for a business lunch Meeting. The food was Really Good, it was better then I had expected. I had the Bento Box. It seemed to be small on the Picture, but surely it was not; Great Food for what I paid for!
I'm Happy to say I will Go there again; Bringing My Friends & Family.

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Posted by NewReviews on August 5, 2010 at 6:11 PM
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