Good food, good drink, good friends. A perfect trio, and one which I had the pleasure to experience last week during my trip to the Mansfield region. While there, I visited a restaurant new to me, the Asia Grill & Sushi, and was joined by Kristin (of The Reserve Bin), her fiancee Jack, and Amanda (The Wineing Woman). I would stopped by there again a couple days later, happening upon Kristin and Jack at the bar.
I decided to order Shrimp Tempura ($10.95 with vegetables), an iconic dish, to best ascertain the quality level of the restaurant. Would the tempura meet my high standards? Yes, it passed easily, possessing a compelling light and crunchy coating, exactly as it should. The good-sized pieces of shrimp were tasty and I had high hopes for the restaurant. If they could prepare excellent tempura, then the rest of their food should be equally as good.
On my second visit, I tried a couple of appetizers: Gyoza ($6.50) and Beef Teriyaki ($8.95). The gyoza were ok, just ordinary, but the teriyaki was excellent. The beef was thin, tender and had a deliciously sweet sauce. It was actually one of the better beef teriyakis I have had at an Asian restaurant in quite some time.
Overall, I was very pleased with this restaurant and would love to return to sample more of what it has to offer. Everyone else with me really seemed to enjoy their own dishes, and Kristin and Jack are regulars here. Plus, it is open late, till 1am, which is a rarity in the area. I recommend that you check it out.
Asia Grill & Sushi
287 School St.