Asie Pan-Asian Opens to Rave Reviews

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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.

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Beautiful Asian Artwork & Furniture

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Lori Sitting in the Private Section in the Back

Dumpling Mee Soup

Dumpling Mee Soup

Chicken Dumplings, baby bok choy, & enoki mushroom topped with scallions.

Golden Brussels Sprouts

Golden Brussels Sprouts

Vibrant brussels sprouts pan-seared golden brown and topped with sesame.

Goma Wakame

Goma Wakame

Green seaweed paired with cucumber & alfalfa sprouts.

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Spicy Sweet & Sour Soup

Spicy Sweet & Sour Soup

Spicy, sweet & sour soup with shrimp, enoki mushrooms, lemongrass, scallions.

Spring Clams Soup

Spring Clam Soup

Soup includes baby bok choy, clam, enoki mushrooms, ginger & scallions.

Spicy Garlic Edamame

Spicy Garlic Edamame

Some of the best edamame we've had!

Tuna Sashimi

Tuna Sashimi

Yellowtail Sashimi

Yellowtail Sashimi

The sashimi was quite fresh, tasty and uniquely presented.

Seared Tuna

Seared Tuna

Sesame tuna over kale, brussels sprouts, red cabbage, lettuce, cucumber, & house dressing—and oh so delicious!

Super Crunch Roll

Super Crunch Roll

White tuna, snapper, crab, avocado, cucumber, and asparagus, deep fried, with spicy sauce.

St. Petersburg Rainbow Roll

St. Petersburg Rainbow Roll

Asie's best assorted sashimi and avocado on top of the traditional roll.

Velvety Shrimp Roll

Velvety Shrimp Roll

Tossed in a creamy, spicy sauce over a spicy tuna roll.

Tuna Poke Bowl

Tuna Poke Bowl

This tasty bowl is filled with tuna, sushi rice, seaweed, avocado, cucumber, and scallions.

Moms Egg Rolls

Mom's Egg Rolls

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.

Free Run Chicken

Free Run Chicken

Chicken lightly dressed with ginger, soy sauce, scallions, & cucumber.

Pan Asian Salmon Salad

Pan Asian Salmon Salad

Kale, brussels sprouts, red cabbage, lettuce, and cucumber nestled under chunks of salmon with house dressing.

Beijing Collins

Beijing Collins

A refreshing cocktail of Purity vodka, hibiscus & lime.

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Asie has some fun glasses, both tall and shorts have a tilt that makes you wonder if you're already drunk.

Manila Mojito and the Tokyo

Manila Mojito and the Tokyo Old Fashioned

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.

Saigon Sunset

Saigon Sunset

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!

Asie Pan-Asian
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  • Rated 4.3 stars
    4.3 / 5 (12 )
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  • Asie Pan-Asian
  • (727) 898-4300
  • Pan-Asian, Asian-Fusion, Sushi
    • Mon - Sun 11:00am - 10:00pm
  • 437 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, US

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.

DISCLAIMER: Kevin, Lori, Abby, Haley, Lindsey, & Alexia do not dine anonymously (this would be impossible) and we sometimes get free food (though never expected). However, we dine with the locals and we support our own. You will always get honesty in a respectful manner.
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