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Apr 19, 2011 11:19 AM

Chinese food in Detroit [split]

i dont mean to hi-jack your thread but the thread followers here seem to be a great crew to talk gf and i are moving from nyc to the detroit area in june. she's chinese. i'm not. between the two of us we've been eating chinese food in china, hk, flushing, manhattan etc our entire lives (30 yrs). we are worried we wont find the foods we eat on a daily basis. i've tried to come up with a list of places to eat for when we move but i'm not having much luck. all i'm aware of is midtown shangri-la. its pretty good? is the one in west bloomfield as good? are there other solid chinese restaurants? how about vietnamese, malaysian, japanese? from what i've read noble fish (sushi) seems good. i also just came the websites for asia city and golden harvest, those look pretty good as well. people have mentioned matsuchan (ramen). i hope you guys are willing to help me out with some info. thx.


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  1. > all i'm aware of is midtown shangri-la. its pretty good?


    > is the one in west bloomfield as good?


    > are there other solid chinese restaurants?

    Golden Harvest, Trizest, Hong Hua ...

    > how about vietnamese

    Visit Madison Heights; several good selections.

    > Malaysian

    The only Malay restaurant that I am aware of went pan-Asian a few years ago.

    > Japanese?

    Yotsuba, Mene Sushi, Noble Fish ... I'll ask a few of my Japanese colleagues for recommendations.

    Golden Harvest
    6880 E 12 Mile Rd, Warren, MI 48092

    Noble Fish
    45 E 14 Mile Rd, Clawson, MI 48017

    Mene Sushi
    6239 Orchard Lake Rd, West Bloomfield, MI 48322

    Hong Hua
    27925 Orchard Lake Rd, Farmington Hills, MI 48334

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    1. re: rainsux

      Best China in Canton has some Authentic Chinese items if you ask for the right menu. Canton has a few good Japanese options and a very poor one. I am sure none of it will compare to NY though. Detroit lacks a bit in its ability to get a lot of good ingredients.

      Where are you looking to move to neighborhood wise? Maybe we can help source good shopping for you too.

    2. move back to NYC....if not as stated in previous threads, Windsor is the way to go for dim sum, and vietnamese. Thuy Trang at 13 and John R is my go to vietnamese. Recently the Dim Sum at Asia City in Ann Arbor is much improved. No really good Thai, but Thai Cafe in Plymouth is the best. Japanese are about the same I like OK sushi in Canton and Ajisen in Canton not to be confused with Ajiten in Novi.

      Thuy Trang Restaurant
      30491 John R Rd, Madison Heights, MI 48071

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      1. re: toro

        I think it is Ajishen in Novi and Ajiten in Canton

      2. Where in the Detroit area will you be ? A lot of your answers can be found in Ann Arbor area ( not for Vietnamese though, stick to Madison Heights for that) Ann Arbor has Chia Shiang,Middle Kingdom,TK Wu, and Asian Legend. All of those have Chinese menus of different lenghts. Happy Wok ( also in Ann Arbor) offers a few Malaysian and Singapore specialties. Alos, I just came across the news that the same people who run Trizest opened a Sichuan restaurant on the border of Ypsilanti/Ann Arbor.

        Asian Legend
        516 E William St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

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        1. re: moose734

          Ooh, do they have the lamb dishes on the menu? If anybody wants to try it for weekday lunch sometime, holla.

          1. re: moose734

            whats the name of the restaurant of the trizest owners?

            1. re: toro

              I'm an Eastsider, but if you get no other leads, then assume it is Bamboo Garden (curiously in common with the Westland name of the same) at 4905 Washtenaw, which may be a takeover of Emerald City.

                1. re: JanPrimus

                  (I was making an irrelevant, and regretted reference to ...never mind).

            2. My Japanese colleague recommends:

              - Sakura in Novi; 12 Oaks Mall area
              - Akasak; Canton

              1. Unfortunately if you've been eating in China, HK, Flushing, Manhattan etc, you're going to be disappointed here. Viet and Japanese can be had, no problem, but Chinese of any specific cuisine beyond "American" is hard to find that will be up to what I suspect your standards are. On the other hand, though, a lot of the Chinese restaurants here have non-English menus, so I can't speak on those since I am usually limited to the English and servers always look at me like I'm crazy when I ask them to surprise me with something from the non-English menu.

                Open your own restaurant, we will all patronize it frequently. :)

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                1. re: oppsie

                  > but Chinese of any specific cuisine beyond "American" is hard to find that will be up to
                  > what I suspect your standards are.

                  I'll disagree. Golden Harvest seems to draw primarily chinese patrons from
                  a very broad area.

                  I'll also suggest that VTB to get his wife's recommendation re: authenticity.

                  Golden Harvest
                  6880 E 12 Mile Rd, Warren, MI 48092

                  1. re: rainsux

                    over some beers. bring your recent beach pictures. :-)

                    1. re: rainsux

                      Sorry, specific cuisine beside American/Cantonese and dim sum shops. Sichuan has new hope thanks to Trizest. Also I'd argue that GH draws primarily Chinese patrons because they have no other choice. GH is good but it is not on the level of what the OP is describing as his favorite haunts. Or what I'm interpreting them to be. :)

                      If you find a place serving Shanghai cuisine, let me know. XLB, kau fu, etc.

                      1. re: oppsie

                        Every restaurant has I mentioned above has translated Chinese menus. Yes, they still have some non-translated specials only in Chinese, but they still have quite the array of translated menu items. It's actually really simple now to find Sichuan food in Metro Detroit. No it's not going to touch ( for the most part) a major Chinatown in terms of scope and variety, but finding cuisine above and beyond Ameri-Chinese is not such a difficult task anymore.