Any great asian restaurants here in Eugene, Or?
So, I've heard that Sweet Basil is great for Thai. Any recommendations on Vietnamese?
Love that PHO soup! Sushi, Chinese, any dim sum here ? I also have heard that Toshi's is great for ramen! Oh and for Korean??? Where can i buy one of those hot bowls for dol sot ba bimpap? and where is a great korean restaurant?
You are mostly out of luck on Asian here in Eugene. Thai is the one thing you can get good quality on a regular basis. Sweet Basil and Aiyara are both good. I can also vouch for Toshi's. If Chineese is what you are craving your best bet is to hit I-5 and head North, Portland is only 2 hours away. I joke sometimes and tell people that P.F.Changs is the best Chineese in town. Unfortunatly it is not really a joke. There are a few places with PHO but i have yet to hear something positive about any of them. Be sure to let us know if you find one you like.
Thai: Chao Pra Ya (6th and Adams), Ring of Fire (11th and Chambers).
Chinese: good luck.
Korean: new place on Pearl between 8th and Broadway has gotten decent reviews.
Sushi: not typical sushi, but try Sushi Domo in the Delta Shopping Center
I mostly agree with nothingman, but have tried Ga Ya, Korean, the new place at 860 Pearl and it was fairly good, I need to try it again. I've found the pho at Vietnam Restaurant at 2355 W. 11th. to be ok when you really need a pho fix.
I think you might be out of luck for Vietnamese, except for Yi Shen on Chambers (little place attached to the grocery store, caters to the college lunch crowd, closes early). I haven't had the food there, just go to buy groceries, but the people are super sweet and love to talk about cooking with me and my partner. I keep meaning to try it. I find the Vietnamese restaurant on W 11th pretty awful, I'm never quite desperate enough to go back (and if I am feeling desperate, I drive to Portland).
Chinese food is an even more dismal situation....dim sum, hah! I would just give up and cook at home.
For Thai I keep meaning to get to Aiyara, I just figured out where it was. Some people go totally nuts for Ring of Fire and Lucky Noodle, they're not my style (yuppie fusiony Thai like Typhoon) but I don't totally pout when I go to Ring of Fire for lunch with coworkers.
Toshi's is ok, it's nothing like the ramen places I'm used to (I adore the shio ramen at Santouka places) but it's not awful. Just kind of bland and a little on the watery side for me. You should go and decide for yourself, it has lots of fans. I think the terriyaki chicken there is pretty damn tasty.
Sushi, the only place I've been to was Sushi Domo, which I've been told is the best in town. I didn't think it was worth going back to, but it would depend on how desperate you are.
On a brighter note, I did like the food I tried at Cafe Ari Rang (485 E Broadway). It isn't the best or even second best Korean food I've had, and their banchan is pretty slim (couple of kimchis) and none of it home made, but the sundubu I had was tasty enough and really good for Eugene. You can find the hot bowls at Sunrise Grocery. It's owned by Koreans but caters to Asians of all denominations.
Good luck and let us know if you find anything we haven't mentioned!
Interesting thread. When I started grad school at the U of O in 1972, Oregon was 96% white. People asked my first wife if "Fujisaka" was Finnish. I had to import Asian and Latino ingredients from California and Seattle. Things had improved several years later when I finished my PhD - but there was still little in the way of Asian. I loved the life and times in Eugene, but not for ethnic restaurants.
re: Sam Fujisaka
I don't think things have changed that much. Okay, maybe a little. According to Wikipedia, Eugene is now 88% white. Not much in the way of good Asian food. Not much in the way of good Hispanic foods unless you know the proper taco carts. Even those are pretty hit and miss though. I'm a Eugene native, and I love my town, but it's pretty poor for food.
I loved Eugene. There used to be a couple of great Italian places - one downtown and another farther out. My first wife worked at Mazzi's for a bit. There were a lot of decent non-ethnic places. We did a lot of good home cooking! I have retirement properties on Wallowa Lake and above Enterprise where the food is not that good either.