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Delicious Asian restaurants in Raleigh

I love good, inexpensive Asian food, everything from Turkey and the Middle East to Korea, Japan, to Vietnam, India and all the food in between. My spouse and I have never been to Raleigh and are planning a few sight-seeing trips there--any good lunch recommendations in the affordable Asian food category? Here in Durham we tend to go to International Delights, Kebab and Curry, and Twisted Noodle, if that's any help.

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  1. If you are in downtown Raleigh at lunchtime (or until 7PM), you simply must check out Spize Cafe.

    http://www.spizecafe.com/

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    1. I love the Asian Grill on Falls of Neuse: http://www.asiangrillnc.com/default.html

      Was there today and ordered off the lunch bento specials (usually have them fix something "they would eat". Excellent value. If you order off the "real" menu and not the stuff youve heard of before, you will get as close as you can get to Shanghai between DC and Atlanta.

      Enjoy!

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      1. re: BDM1

        Second Asian Grill. I've also enjoyed Fortune Palace just off of Capital. Their menu has a wide mix of things from the usual Anglo-Chinese suspects to more authentic dishes. Avoid the lunch buffet - you can order off the menu for lunch.

        Although, as a Raleigh-ite, I usually go to SuperWork or Taipei 101 in Cary for my Chinese fix.

        1. re: dinersaurus

          I ate lunch at Super Wok last week. It was just great! Tripe and beef app in chili oil was as good as always. Bang bang chicken was the actually made me like chicken breast. Highly recommended.

          1. re: Tom from Raleigh

            I ate at Super Wok tonight. We loved it. They serve family style so your bowl of meat comes in a bowl and each person has a plate and serving of rice.

            Corner of Maynard and Chatham in Cary. Chatham Shopping center facing Maynard road.

      2. Dalat, in the upper level of Mission Valley (at the corner of Avent Ferry Road and Western Boulevard. The Vietnamese dishes are terrific.

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        1. re: sisterbeer

          How are their banh mi sandwiches, particularly any of their vegetarian banh mis. Thanks.

          1. re: kirol7777

            They used to have a separate sandwich shop next door to the restaurant only for bahn mi sandwiches. I think you can get them in the restaurant now. It's been a while since I had them but I remember they were good I prefer the Bahn Mi (they call them baguettes) at Spize on Fayetteville St though.

            1. re: TerryG

              I loved the sandwich shop when it was open and miss it greatly. The Bahn Mi at the Restaurant were never as good as when they had the shop.

            2. re: kirol7777

              The grilled tofu banh mi is really good. I'm no expert on authentic banh mi, though.

          2. I second the asian grill, superwok recommendations. I would also suggest Sawsadee for thai, and Seoul Garden for korean.

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            1. re: pungentodor

              One place that I've been meaning to try is LAZIZ BIRYANI CORNER on Avent Ferry Rd in Raleigh. It's a Pakistani place that I've heard good things about.

              1. re: Tom from Raleigh

                You have heard good things about it because it is good, nothing fancy but very good food. Had lunch there a few times and I have always been happy with what I got, and have even enjoyed the food off the buffet.

            2. Saffron in Morrisville. great Indian food. Better dinners than buffet, but even the buffet is fine.

              1. Try Able Bar & Grill in Cary, at the corner of Cary Parkway & Tryon Rd. I'm currently obsessed with their tofu dumplings. And the boiled peanuts (yes, really--& I don't like southern boiled peanuts At. All.)

                1. We like Shish Kabob off Leesville Rd in N Raleigh. Cheap, super fresh. Of course there is also a new Neomonde which has opened in N Raleigh off Strickland and Lead Mine. Bigger but similar to the Morrisville location.

                  I enjoy Neo Asia off Glenwood in N Raleigh for great Chinese and sushi. I haven't tried the Thai.

                  David's Dumpling and Noodle Bar off HIllsborough is really yummy and affordable.

                  What's your favorite Vietnamese? I work in Durham and have been to pho 9n9 and Saigon Grille and enjoy both.

                  1. Please, go to C&T Wok in Morrisville and order off the authentic menu. Everything on it is very good. Filllet fish in szechuan spicy oil for example. Most authentic chinese I've ever had, much better than Asian Grill or even Red Palace when they were in business. Other than that, Safron in the same shopping center, Seoul Garden in North Raleigh, Sawasdee on Capital, Pho Far East on capital for Banh Mi.