The Greater Reno Grub and Gripe Group held its latest Chowdown at Crawfish Asian Cuisine in Reno and the meal was spectacular, one of the best the group has ever had. We stuffed ourselves on gourmet food – not one bad dish in the batch – and the bill, with a 20 percent tip, came to $40 each. Everyone was happy.
For me, three dishes stood out. One was a baked Chilean sea bass done in a honey barbecue sauce. I think I picked up mild flavors of garlic and ginger set off by a mild sweetness. So few restaurants in Reno can get fresh fish but this was both fresh and perfectly good. Fall apart in your mouth good. It is definitely a dish I will order again if it’s on the menu.
The second dish were the lamb chops. A few weeks earlier I had gotten the black pepper lamb on a sizzling hot plate at the restaurant and it was excellent. The lamb chops were even better. Again, perfectly cooked. So good our group of 11 ordered a second plate to make sure everyone got one who wanted one.
The third one was pea greens in garlic sauce. Pea greens are the part of the pea plant we usually throw out as we eat only the peas. I loved this dish as soon as they set it down on the table as a wonderful fresh pea aroma wafted past me. It was quite tasty.
But the quality didn’t end there. Others raved about the crab and corn soup. There was a nice seafood flavor blend with fresh corn flavor.
We started the meal with boiled crawfish and boiled shrimp with each of their sauces. I liked all the sauces but I think my two favorites were the one with garlic and the one with Thai sauce. It’s a good idea to wear bibs as breaking apart the crawfish and shrimp can get pretty messy. Make sure you rip off a good supply of paper towels beforehand.
When you order crawfish or shrimp you can also order a side of garlic noodles. They are quite tasty, as other online reviewers have noted, and worth the money. One in our group was a chow fun fan so we ordered a vegetarian chow fun and it was also quite tasty. The noodles were perfect and it had other delicate chow fun flavors.
We also got duck and the group finished that with no problem.
Service was excellent. My water glass was never empty.
The owners, Ken and chef Da, came out at the end of the meal and chatted with the group. We appreciated the meal.
Want even a better endorsement than something from me? The owners of Fourth Street Bistro stopped by and got an order to go while we were there. When the operators of one of the best Reno restaurants stops by and gets food that means they must be doing something right.
The restaurant has crawfish in the name and the boils are a good choice there, but after exploring the rest of the menu I can say there’s plenty to bring you to Crawfish Asian Cuisine besides the boils.
Crawfish Asian Cuisine
1296 E Plumb Ln Ste H (Costco shopping center)
Reno, NV 89502