Kevin Godbee · Jan 16, 2018 · 4 min read
The long anticipated opening of Asie Pan-Asian quietly happened just before Christmas, and now the word is out. We went in late December, and again the week after New Year's so we could try some more things. As of this writing, Asie has 4.5 - 5 star reviews on all of the major review platforms, which is not always easy to do when you are new.
Asie is on the 400 block of Central Ave in downtown St. Pete, and sits next to LaV - Vietnamese Fusion—both of which are owned by Thuy Le. One of the tricks to being successful right out of the gate is that the highly trained, experienced, and motivated LaV staff is helping out with Asie. So, if you are a LaV customer, you'll notice some familiar faces as well as some new ones.
What is Pan-Asian versus Asian-Fusion?
If you already know, then good for you, but don't skip the next paragraph.
Pan-Asian means that the menu selection offers traditional dishes from many, if not all, Asian countries. So, there are several countries and regions incorporated, and the dishes are prepared as authentically Asian.
Asian-Fusion refers to Asian food where the recipe also combines ingredients, and / or techniques from other regions and cultures outside of Asia.
Asie says on their menu; "At Asie, we're using modern approaches to replicate the dining experience of the past. By offering dishes that are inspired with combinations of Western cuisines, we feature sophisticated interpretations of traditional fare that is accented with artistic touches. With specialty cocktails and unique dishes, Asie skillfully translates the Asian flavors to the American palate."
So, in actuality, Asie is Pan-Asian-Fusion. I confirmed this with a phone call to GM, Jason Saal. I didn't think to ask him why they didn't name it Asie Pan-Asian-Fusion, but I'm guessing it just doesn't have the same ring, plus as mentioned, they explain it on the menu anyway. Speaking of the menu, it is quite impressive for the array of items. There are photos of every single food item. The menu sits on a chopping board with a handle and every page is laminated. Very cool!
Cool design doesn't stop with the menu. The décor is sleek, modern, and elegant, and definitely Asian. Jason tells us that Thuy hand-picked every single item and that they are all imported from around Asia, including the furniture, artwork, and decorative lamps.
Chicken Dumplings, baby bok choy, & enoki mushroom topped with scallions.
Vibrant brussels sprouts pan-seared golden brown and topped with sesame.
Green seaweed paired with cucumber & alfalfa sprouts.
Spicy, sweet & sour soup with shrimp, enoki mushrooms, lemongrass, scallions.
Soup includes baby bok choy, clam, enoki mushrooms, ginger & scallions.
Some of the best edamame we've had!
The sashimi was quite fresh, tasty and uniquely presented.
Sesame tuna over kale, brussels sprouts, red cabbage, lettuce, cucumber, & house dressing—and oh so delicious!
White tuna, snapper, crab, avocado, cucumber, and asparagus, deep fried, with spicy sauce.
Asie's best assorted sashimi and avocado on top of the traditional roll.
Tossed in a creamy, spicy sauce over a spicy tuna roll.
This tasty bowl is filled with tuna, sushi rice, seaweed, avocado, cucumber, and scallions.
They're called that because it is actually Thuy's mom's recipe, as are several other dishes on the menu. With shrimp, pork, carrots, noodles, mushroom, and sweet & sour sauce.
Chicken lightly dressed with ginger, soy sauce, scallions, & cucumber.
Kale, brussels sprouts, red cabbage, lettuce, and cucumber nestled under chunks of salmon with house dressing.
A refreshing cocktail of Purity vodka, hibiscus & lime.
Asie has some fun glasses, both tall and shorts have a tilt that makes you wonder if you're already drunk.
Manila Mojito - The Philippines is the home of this fine Tanduay Rum & fresh ginger cocktail.
Tokyo Old Fashioned - Tori Japanese whiskey brings a delicate profile to a boozy drink.
Purity vodka, cranberry, & an edible flower on top of the foam topper. (Somebody ate the flower already.)
Everything was super delicious, and we can't wait to go back again and try some more items from the extensive menu!
Offering dishes that are inspired with combinations of Western cuisines, featuring sophisticated interpretations of traditional fare that is accented with artistic touches. With specialty cocktails and unique dishes, Asie skillfully translates Asian flavors to the American palate in an elegant setting.