When Basil Restaurant opened in 2009, the Columbus Dispatch reported on owner Rhome Ruanphae's inspiration: his mother?s string of successful Thai restaurants?beginning with Thai Village in Chicago?s Wicker Park neighborhood?that she ran with her husband while he was growing up. Rhome borrowed his mother?s culinary mastery for Basil, which teleports taste buds to Thailand with a menu of authentic Southeast Asian cuisine. Chefs gather rice or egg noodles to lay the foundation for many entrees, such as specialty kee mow, a soft or crispy maelstrom of rice noodles with thai basil, tomatoes, and bell peppers. The menu also features a rainbow of curries, soups, salads, and appetizers to keep ravenous diners from eating their napkins.
The seasoned confines of a former antique shop welcome diners to Basil Restaurant, decked out with bare brick and a retro advertisement for ice painted on the back wall. As a glittering chandelier casts light on colorful curries, wine-dark panels of varnished wood gaze at diners from the wall, and exposed lengths of ductwork add a neoindustrial aesthetic without the overkill of steam-powered dessert trays or austere Orwellian maitre d's.
The Japanese Oriental Restaurant in Columbus, Ohio offers residents a truly unique dining experience with various Asian Cuisines and fresh sushi served seven days a week. They have indoor and outdoor seating, and have just created some new and exciting dishes that can be found on the website. The menu can now be viewed and/or download on your mobile phone using android or iOS devices. Enjoy all your favorite sushi rolls including the California roll, Boston roll, teriyaki salmon roll, Alaskan roll and half a dozen vegetarian rolls. There’s also a long menu of spicy rolls that are sure to please. The nigiri menu is quite extensive and includes tuna, crab, octopus, yellowtail, mackerel, sea urchin, squid and many other favorites. For those who don’t like the taste of raw fish, sushi rolls can be deep fried for an additional $2. Japanese Oriental Restaurant features call in/pick up and take-out orders.
Two Fish Bistro is the yang to the yin of Red, a sushi bar in the same building also owned by the Daeoh group. While Red draws out the essence of raw seafood, Two Fish unleashes the flavors of its flame-kissed counterpart to craft a menu that 614 calls "concise and approachable." To introduce diners to their distinct flavor parings, Two Fish's chefs assemble mini fish tacos from housemade crispy flour chips, sautéed whitefish, and garlic-parmesan aioli. Their entrees draw on wild-caught seafood purchased fresh daily, such as the specialty tuna, a walnut-crusted, medium-rare cut that perches on a pillow of fluffy wasabi mashed potatoes with a maple-butter reduction and treats diners to the satisfying crunch of a charred-scallion garnish. To accent its colorful, carefully plated cuisine, Two Fish keeps its interior sleek and simple. Several enormous windows marry form and function, bathing the square wooden tables and mixed wood walls in natural sunlight or the unnatural glow of bioluminescent snowflakes. Three flat-screen TVs watch over a gray stone bar, surrounded on all sides by minimalist low-rise chairs.
From the very first line of Madrid’s menu, guests are likely to be intrigued. The creatively named first header, “Wontonanadas,” introduces an appetizer that fuses wontons and empanadas. The result: deliciously crispy fried shells stuffed with blends of pulled pork, serrano ham, and sriracha pickles. Aside from the appetizers are small plates of Madrid clams in a spicy white-wine sauce and full entrees of linguine tangled with seasoned chicken and chorizo crumbles.
At Shoku, morsels of succulent beef, marinated chicken, and ocean-fresh seafood fill out feasts of Japanese noodles and sushi or dishes inspired by national favorites of Asian nations including Korea, China, and Thailand. Broth-soaked udon noodles jostle for attention with plates of pad thai, pan-fried pot stickers, and bowls of sizzling beef bulgogi. Guests take a seat inside to watch a master chef deftly carve seafood at the sushi table, or they can lounge under umbrellas at the outdoor seating to watch the passing foot traffic and hourly soapbox derbies along Grandview Avenue.
If you're looking for unbeatable Asian food in Columbus, look no further than CoCo's Grill on West Fifth Avenue. Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, CoCo's serves up fresh Chinese, Japanese and Korean favorites in a cozy atmosphere where you can dine in or take food to nosh on back home. Vegetarians love the garlic eggplant, featuring spiced eggplant grilled up with green onions. Fans of Korean food will love the pork kimchi, and lovers of the flavors of Japan will appreciate the tonkatsu. For authentically flavored cuisine at fast food prices, come to CoCo's—you'll be glad you did.