Choe’s Asian Gourmet
As one of the many refined dining destinations at The Greene in east Dayton, Choe’s Asian Gourmet is an upscale purveyor of both Chinese and Thai dishes as well as sushi and vegetarian dishes. It’s a classy little joint, the kind with a very sleek contemporary feel and where you might want to dress up a little. The people here seem to pride themselves on creating an excellent dining experience, and you certainly will find that there is plenty to appreciate here.
What seems to be the most popular thing to try is the sushi menu here, and it’s quite a sizable concept. A few familiar favorites like the California Roll and some simpler combinations are on the menu, but there’s a huge variety in both ingredients and price. The Buckeye Roll will be the first one to catch your eye, it’s a mix of tuna, salmon, yellowtail, cream cheese, avocado which are fried and topped with spicy tuna, spicy mayo, wasabi mayo, scallions, unagi sauce, masago for a really nice crunch. Another great alternative is the savory Samurai Roll, smoked salmon, cream cheese, masago, avocado flash fried, topped with masago, green onion, wasabi mayo, spicy unagi sauce, for a heavier flavor. If you’re feeling something simpler, might I recommend the “Firecrunch” roll, which is a California roll topped with spicy tuna, unagi sauce, spicy mayo and tempura crumbs. It’s the kind of roll that is good for introducing someone to sushi, as like many of the options, it’s not that crazy of a new thing to try, and it’s really good.
Choe’s isn’t just a sushi house though, and the sushi should not be ignored. I love Thai food, and the specials here include the classic Pad Thai noodles with chicken or shrimp, pan-fried noodles and succulent-sounding seafood dishes like stir fried duck and sautéed green mussels. That’s without going into the seafood specials, or the classic Chinese dishes like Lo Mein and Chicken and pork specials. Really, I could go on all day.
The very sleek environment and well-trained staff are great, and just enough so that you’ll be well served without feeling overly interrupted. The overall presentation of the entire restaurant is, in this regard, fantastic. Overall, really, Choe’s Asian Gourmet is awesome. It’s the kind of place where you can find virtually any Asian cuisine you like, whether you’re just getting into Sushi or whether you’re a hardcore fan looking for some new combinations. Whether you’re deep into Thai food and seafood dishes, or you just want an above-average dish of the classic Chinese food fare. Choe’s is absolutely worth your time, and might I suggest that you bring a date while you’re there?
- The website suggests booking reservations. Particularly on the weekends I would also suggest this, though the weeknights are decidedly better.
- There are happy hour specials you won’t want to pass up. Some Tuesdays, for example, offer buy-one-get-one-free sushi specials.
- This is a great place to try sushi for the first time.