FEATURED RESTAURANT: MIZU
3100 Apex Drive
Mizu, which translates to “water” in Japanese, exemplifies the best of Asian fusion: traditional cooking techniques, local ingredients, and flavors from multiple regions. Chef Michael Chanthavong serves a seafood-focused menu using a Japanese barbecue method that dates back thousands of years. Grab a seat with a view of the open kitchen, and you’ll see the Robata grill sizzle with lobster, duck breast, and charred vegetables. The menu also includes maki rolls, chilled and raw dishes, and Japanese-forward desserts like a coconut parfait and Robata-grilled pineapple. Head to the rooftop of the Hyatt Centric SouthPark to experience the orchestra of flavors.
1315 East Blvd., Ste. 130
Choose from hibachi bowls, ramen, and a sushi menu with Charlotte-themed rolls.
SABI ASIAN BISTRO
130 Harbour Place Drive, Davidson
Find Asian-inspired dishes, from sushi to stir fry to sweet-and-sour chicken, in a sleek interior.
NEW ZEALAND CAFE
1717 Sardis Road N., Ste. 6A
This small, 40-seat seafood grill and sushi bar serves an assortment of specialty rolls—the spicy dragon, bamboo, and crispy eel are all colorful mouthfuls of bliss—and for less than its swankier uptown cousins.
613 Providence Road
This family-owned eatery offers takeout, but with its modern dining room and bright patio, you’ll want to settle into a table.
3019 Shamrock Drive
This 31-year-old Vietnamese joint is known for its pho noodles, but regulars know to start with the bánh xèo, a savory rice-flour pancake folded over sliced pork, shrimp, and bean sprouts.
222 E. Bland St.
This ramen house promises authenticity, irreverence, and delightful, salty bowls of the hot noodle soup.
LET’S MEAT KBBQ
1400 S. Church St., Ste. B.
Barbecue-marinated meats at this all-you-can-eat hangout come with Korean sides like steamed egg soufflé.
325 Arlington Ave., Ste. 108
Artistic sushi, a moody interior, and thumping sound system bring in dinner and late-night crowds, but quick service makes it a great lunch spot.
2000 South Blvd., Ste. 510
This third location of the Charleston-based Indigo Road restaurant group’s Japanese spot has great service, a beautiful interior, and dishes full of flavor.
RAI LAY THAI
1520 South Blvd., Ste. 130
Carrot shreds and flowers brighten plates of fresh sushi rolls, and the pad Thai somehow tastes more elegant when served in a large white bowl with a bright pink-and-white orchid on the side.
HO HO CHERRY HOUSE
2001 E. 7th St.
This Elizabeth restaurant serves consistently good Chinese staples like pork fried rice, crab Rangoon, and General Tso’s chicken.
8410 Rea Road, Ste. 100
This is sushi for true sushi aficionados. The Luke Lobster roll is a delectable mouthful of lobster meat, spicy tuna, avocado, and eel sauce topped with sweet potato strings.
SPICE ASIAN KITCHEN
251 Textile Way, Fort Mill
The dumplings and pad Thai are consistently good, but the bibimbap, bossam, and curry dishes are great for adventurous palates.
YAMA ASIAN FUSION
720 Governor Morrison St., Ste. 130
This upscale Japanese restaurant has sushi, hibachi, and Asian-inspired entrées. A second location is in Waverly.
210 N. Church St.
Thai lovers can satisfy their cravings with pad Thai, while the more daring can try dishes like crispy red curry duck—a rich, deep-fried half duck in a spicy red curry sauce.
MOA KOREAN BBQ
128 S. Tryon St.
You can order Korean tacos and kimchi bulgogi nachos a la carte, but the tabletop barbecue is the main attraction. Watch your server cook beef brisket and pork belly as you sip a craft cocktail.
214 N. Tryon St., Ste. 110
Lightning-fast, friendly service complements hot, savory Chinese favorites such as Sha Cha Shrimp and Mongolian Chicken.
6601 Morrison Blvd.
The chef’s signature rolls steal the show, but the menu also includes ramen, salads, and bento boxes for the lunch crowd.
YAMAZARU SUSHI & SAKE
2173 Hawkins St., Ste. A
This sleek South End restaurant serves noodles, ramen, and sushi, plus sake, cocktails, and beer.
SEOUL POKE BOWL
3609 South Blvd., Ste. D
This snug counter-serve eatery serves build-your-own Hawaiian-style poke bowls with a Korean twist.
11212 Providence Road, Ste. B
As a certified sake advisor, Chef Robin Anthony pairs fish with sake in the same way a master sommelier pairs food with wine.
EEZ FUSION & SUSHI
16925 Birkdale Commons Parkway, Ste. F, Huntersville
Feast on fresh sashimi, nigiri, and specialty rolls, or nibble on some blackened tuna nachos and edamame.
YAME ASIAN NOODLES
4435 Park Road, Ste. 300
Choose from an array of authentic Asian noodles like ramen and pad Thai, as well as other pan-Asian dishes like fried rice, sesame chicken, and stir-fried veggies.
7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Ste. 5A
Get made-to-order poke bowls or enjoy your poke burrito-style in one of four signature wraps.
3016 Weddington Road
The menu at this unassuming Matthews restaurant is long; find Chinese staples like General Tso’s chicken and lesser-known clay pot dishes with salted fish and curry beef brisket.
9882 Rea Road, Ste. F
Order a family-style spread with traditional street food, noodle soups, and rice dishes, and save room for the bubble waffles, a made-to-order cone filled with your choice of ice cream, toppings, and drizzles.
BANH MI BROTHERS
230 E. W.T. Harris Blvd., Ste. A7
This fast-casual Vietnamese restaurant serves traditional banh mi sandwiches, house-made porchetta, and pho-tine fries. Don’t forget to add a Thai tea or fruit shake to your order.