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Oct 9, 2009 02:49 PM

Upscale, authentic Asian around Hartford, CT

Hello everyone,

What are some good authentic Asian restaurants around Hartford that have an upscale atmosphere? My mom is originally from Laos, and eats only Asian food. I'm looking to take her somewhere for her birthday.

Thanks in advance.
- Malyna

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  1. Well, Feng is the first thing I think of. There is authentic, more "hole in the wall" places in South-West Hartford where she might feel at home. People who would definitely speak her language.
    See the yellow POI's on my map:

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    1. re: Scargod

      Yeah, my brother suggested Feng's but wasn't sure if we were overlooking anything... Do they have good sushi there? She enjoys that as well.

      I really liked your map. =)

      1. re: malyna

        Feng has EXCELLENT sushi in a beautiful setting. I miss being able to walk to it for lunch on a Friday (that was a treat). Feng would be my top pick for a birthday dinner for your mom.

        I understand from someone I met who is from Thailand that Thai Room is authentic, but definitely not upscale at all. We went recently and it was good. I like King & I Thai in Hartford better (the little white house), but it isn't upscale either. It is homey and welcoming, though, and may fit the bill for you.

        For upscale Thai, I'd say take a drive down to Scargod's neck of the woods and go to The Terrace in Hamden. We've actually been together recently with our SOs and had excellent meals there...but it's not Hartford. Otherwise, it meets your criteria. :)

        Edit: You can find reviews on this board of both The Terrace and Thai Room that will give you additional insights on these places. Happy browsing. And happy birthday to your mom!

    2. Feng is a very beautiful, very expensive Asian-fusion destination. Their sushi is innovative and pristine. However, although they use Asian ingredients/condiments it's far from being "authentic" anything.

      For "authentic" Chinese, Thai or Vietnamese, there are many options, but none I'd call "upscale." I think that your mom might really enjoy Thai Room in West Hartford, or the innovative and charming-looking East West Grill, also in West Hartford.

      1. Our family has been to both Thai Room and East West Grill several times so trying to look for something out of the ordinary. They are yummy, though.

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        1. re: malyna

          Perhaps it's just me, but "ordinary" doesn't equate to "yummy", unless you are saying they are plain, nondescript restaurants with good food...
          In a strip center, I would suspect Thai Room is just that.

          1. re: Scargod

            ordinary, as we go there often, so going somewhere where we dont usually would be out of the ordinary. =P

        2. I agree with the other posters. Feng's Asian Bistro is more imaginative pan Asian with great sushi in an elegant setting. Doesn't look like much of anything from the outside. She will like it

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          1. re: JJBCooks

            For those who haven't been to Feng yet, take a look inside. I love the little half-moon booths along the wall--so cozy. I should have posted the link earlier:

            Feng Asian Bistro
            93 Asylum Street, Hartford, CT 06103

            1. re: kattyeyes

              A gorgeous looking place. I love the way the hostess's head jerks around in the intro.
              Thanks for the link and info.

          2. Upscale'ish, decent SE Asian food at
            Hot Basil, 565 New Park Ave, West Hartford, CT 06110-1348
            (860) 523-9554
            was there on the 9th - Penang curry was decent - nice texture of mushy eggplants with crunchy nuts, spicy chicken stir fry was abit tame for me, but others at the table thought it fiery. I wasn't so happy with the pineapple fried rice, but others thought it was good.
            I would try this place again.
            Artistic presentations and decor, taste is not toooo Americanized, but the spice level is definitely toned down and the sweetness level higher than what I routinely ate in SEAsia. The waitresses are "native" though, so perhaps you can get more "authentic" food if you ask.
            New Park ave also has a "Lao-Thai" restaurant that I haven't tried yet, but others have given it a thumbs down.
            New Park Ave is abit off the beaten path though.

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            1. re: makanhounds

              The other place on New Park is called East West Grill. I love it....definitely not a thumbs down from me. I wouldn't consider it "upscale" in a fancy pants way but the food is excellent.