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Thursday, January 8, 2015

First look: Aya Cookhouse's new lunch menu

Hot lunch

Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Thu, Jan 8, 2015 at 10:57 AM

Since opening in April, Tony and Kelly Chu's Aya Cookhouse, the sister restaurant to West Ashley's Red Orchids, has been successfully building a Mt. P following, serving up dinners of dakgangjeong, bibimbap, and mapo rice gnocchi. But starting this week, they're offering lunch. Guests can now settle in Mon.-Sat., 11a.m.- 2 p.m, and grab dishes like pork mushu pancakes, chicken banh mis, and Korean burgers.

"We feel like dinner has been very successful, and we wanted to complement it with a nice lunch," says Aya General Manager Tucker Wilkes.

Thanks to its busy location in the same shopping center as Whole Foods at 915 Houston Northcutt Blvd., Wilkes says Aya has developed a loyal dinner following. "But we wanted to offer lunch for people who may not get over to Mt. Pleasant in the evenings," Wilkes adds. 

To meet the demand, the restaurant is offering more of its eclectic Asian fare. Lunchers can grab additional new items like shrimp toast, black pepper steak salad, and stir fry bowls with chicken, shrimp, or tofu. 

One CP staffer took advantage of the new offerings on Wednesday grabbing a "Filli" cheesesteak (spiced beef, Gruyere cheese, and cilantro on an Amoroso bun) that came with spicy Sriracha tots (holy Jesus they were hot), and a side of Korean fried chicken steamed buns. All told, he reports the items were delicious. 

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