A.W. Asian Bistro
1132 Finnegan Way
Mon-Thurs 11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Fri 11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Sat 11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Sun 11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
For as long as I can remember, if I’ve ever wanted Mushu Pork, Phad Thai or even a small plate of sushi, Fairhaven wasn’t where I headed. Times are changing. Not only can I get Asian food in Fairhaven these days, I can go to just one place for a quality plate of Chinese, Japanese, Thai or even Vietnamese food, thanks to the A.W. Asian Bistro.
The more skeptical among you may wonder, as I did, how one kitchen could possibly serve so many different kinds of Asian food -- including sushi -- and have any of it be any good. The answer is this: attention to detail. I don’t think I’ve ever been in a restaurant that wasn’t classified as "fine dining" and been so impressed by the attention to detail. From the small fountain and laughing Buddha statue in the foyer, to the perfectly cooked garlic green beans (not too soft, not too crunchy), the mantra at the Asian Bistro seems to be "everything just right". The ambience is warm and exotic: cinnamon browns, curry yellows and deep, pepper reds adorn the walls harmoniously. The eating area surrounds the full bar at the center of the restaurant. The bar itself had a high-definition television showing a football game (the sound was turned way down), but nevertheless seemed calm and intimate. All of the dining tables are near the large windows, which offer generous views of South Hill and the bustling main boulevard into Fairhaven.
The variety of dishes on the menu seemed to be -- again -- just right. There aren’t so many that you become overwhelmed with choices; rather, the Bistro offers a thoughtful medley of dishes representing the culinary traditions of Asia, including vegetarian offerings. The sushi menu is conservative in terms of scope, but then again, I would worry about the quality if it were otherwise. As it is now, the sushi is good, even down to the unusually tender and juicy pickled ginger on the side. Besides, why just have sushi when you can also try Honey Walnut Prawns (light, sweet and rich), Buddhist Tofu stir-fry, Mongolian Beef or Singapore Noodles? All were perfectly prepared, ingredients were fresh, and meals were served in a relaxed and pleasant manner. Add to the list that they don’t use MSG, and it seems a solid case has been made to head to Fairhaven for Asian food.
Heading south on 12th st, the Bistro is on the corner of Finnegan Way and 12th street, one block north of Harris Avenue.
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