The vibe: Tucked in a strip mall on Torrence Chapel Road at Cornelius’ Exit 28 off Interstate 77 and open for about a year, Asiana has fairly unassuming décor. But thanks to an array of spices inspired by Indian and Asian cooking, the cuisine packs a powerful punch. The menu includes sushi, salads, Chinese, hibachi, Thai, Vietnamese and Indo Chinese food. Lake Norman Magazine’s Out to Lunch bunch ventured there recently to try out some favorites, including pieces of nigiri sushi on special for just $1 each.
Menu best bets:Tandori Chicken Fried Rice ($8). “I went for this because I was in the mood for Indian-style food, and I wasn’t disappointed. The fried basmati rice, cashews, cilantro and chicken blended with the spices for a pleasant ‘kick’ that wasn’t eye-wateringly hot.” – Leigh Dyer, Lake Norman Magazine editor.
Hibachi Steak and Shrimp ($15). “Absolutely delicious with the perfect portion for lunch and my dinner that evening. Also enjoyed the crisp fresh salad with yummy ginger dressing!” – Stephanie Sturm, advertising sales team lead.
Thai Red Curry with Tofu ($6). “The cauliflower, onions, bell peppers, zucchini and eggplant comes blended in a spicy coconut sauce. The flavorful sauce is so plentiful, I ran out of white rice to eat with it! Also used the sauce to dip the egg roll. Veggies aplenty are prepared perfectly. Some may wish for more tofu on the plate.” –Celeste Smith, associate editor.
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Mongolian Wok with Chicken ($7.50). “Delicious. Just the right amount of sauce with a little kick, but not too spicy.” –Jane Rodewald, account executive.
Sa Cha Chicken ($7.50). “Better than I have had at any Chinese restaurant. The food had great flavor and there was plenty of it at a reasonable price and the service was good.” – Amy Wall, account executive.
Want to go?
What: Asiana Fusion Sushi.Where: 20601 Torrence Chapel Rd # 107, Cornelius.Lunch prices: Noodles and rice dishes $6-$14; salads $3-$10; steamer dishes $6-$12; hibachi or teriyaki dishes $8-$15; wok dishes $6-$9; sushi $2.50-$13.Hours: Closed Mondays. Tues-Thurs 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri. 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Sat. noon-10:30 p.m.; Sun. noon-10 p.m.Info: 704-896-8827; www.asianafusionsushi.com.