No one has ever ventured over Ming's invisible border with their previous neighbor, Chicken World, before... Except for this fat fuck. That shithole was filthy enough for the pouch to not even eat there, but I did get some wings to go once and ate it on the curb while doing an Asian squat. Remember McDonald's bone-in wings? Well, yeah, Chicken World was worse than that. Fast forward many decades later and they finally went kaput and replaced by a new Chino spot that is so much nicer and modern. Well, at least on the surface... The inside was clean and the outside was inviting. But the words "Asian Bistro" always reminds me of some gimmicky crackerized Chino chain joint like Panda Express or PF Changs. But after looking at the menu, this may prove respectable.
The place has been opened for a few months and it has been getting a bit of a following. I guess it's less scary to the gwailos since it looks pretty and clean unlike most traditional Chino joints... I didn't see any stray cats hanging around. And who knows maybe they will even have orange chicken here. The menu is mostly a mix of Taiwanese and Sichuan but they also throw in a couple Cantonese dishes here and there. They also have a weekend lunch buffet and it's the health department's worst nightmare where steam trays are placed open on tables in the middle of the room without sneeze guards or any other germ repelling barrier... I'm betting that the buffet gig will soon be a distant memory unless they get the proper buffet equipment. But seriously, who gives a shit about a mass produced buffet when the menu items are the real attractions here. Let's go eat motherfuckers and don't disappoint the pouch, it's hungry and cranky... You don't want to feel the wrath if it gets Hamburger Helper grade slop...
I like this place, it ain't the best Taiwanese and Sichuan grub I have ever had but when you can get both styles under one roof, it's a win-win for the pouch. The quality and consistency here is good enough and sometimes more than good enough for the pouch's discriminating snout. Is Asian Plaza making a comeback? I think so, slowly but surely... Looks like the old Ranch 99 market is being built out again and get this... It may become a FOOD COURT. Just as I have been saying for the last couple of years that that space would be sick as fuck if it was an open market/food court concept. Please be fucking true, bro. Don't fucking die on me! But in the mean time, I totally approve of this joint.
5150 Buford Hwy NE