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.
- 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.
- Samurai Roll: Very savory. Smoked salmon, cream cheese, masago, avocado flash fried, topped with masago, green onion, wasabi mayo, spicy unagi sauce, for a heavier flavor.
- Firecrunch roll: 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.
- Morse roll: Spicy salmon roll topped with tuna and spicy mayo. A simpler roll that lest the nice quality cuts of fish speak for themselves. Perfect as an appetizer.
Choe’s isn’t just a sushi house though, and the sushi should not be ignored:
- Pad Thai: Classic Pad Thai, but with the added twist that it’s a bit spicier, to order, and served with seafood and lime. Perfect take on the dish, one of my favorite versions in Dayton.
- Pad See Ew: This lighter Thai noodle dish features broad noodles and a nice dark sauce. A bit sweeter but definitely won’t leave you feeling overly stuffed. Great!
- Pepper Steak: A sliced beef recipe with a ton of crisp veggies to even it out, this dish is great because it doesn’t fill you up on grease or heavy ingredients. Still, a bit light on the pepper.
- Pad Kee Mao: Simply called ‘stir fried noodles’ on the menu, this Thai dish is better known in the west as ‘Drunken Noodles’ this dish has flat rice noodles dunked in a oyster sauce with beef. A perfect portion.
- Agedashi tofu: An appetizer that features lightly fried tofu in a teriyaki sauce. I’ve loved this one and it seems to be more popular these days, perfect to start a meal without something too heavy.
- Dolsot Bibimbop: A Korean specialty! Served in a piping hot earthenware pot with all the veggies and kimchi on the side. Spicy! But worth it!
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.