Asian Restaurant (Broad St., Middletown, CT)
We've got a new little place in M'town! For several weeks, we watched and waited for the newspaper to come off the windows and the doors to open.
I've been missing a casual family joint a la Pho Mai where I could drop in for a tasty lunch or dinner without paying high rent district prices. I held out hope for greatness and, like magic, here it is, so close to home. It was totally worth the wait and I'm so glad they're here.
Culinarily speaking (Thai/Chinese/Japanese), they're all over the map in a good way. So far, I've had Thai lettuce wraps, kung pao chicken, Szechuan chicken, hot and sour soup. The soup, by the way, is JUST AS EXCELLENT as Forbidden City and loaded with crazy mushrooms. That's a huge compliment. Now Forbidden must share my top rating with Asian Restaurant. Portions are generous. You'll either go home quite full or carrying leftovers.
Asian Restaurant is one block up from Main Street on Broad where Michael's Deli and Sammy's used to be (Ethical Pharmacy back in the day). It's clean and comfy for eat-in service. They've got three booths and several tables, plus a couple of outdoor tables with umbrellas when the weather is cooperating. Not to mention the young ladies running this place are super-friendly and welcoming. I hope they're here to stay for a good, long time.
Thx as always, Katty. We've been looking for a casual family Asian place in the Middletown area for a while. We love Forbidden City but sometimes we're just in the mood for some simple Lo Mein, dumplings, chow mein, etc.
Grabbed lunch here, take out, as the place was full. Great service, polite and speedy...my Thai mango chicken was nicely spicy, and generously portioned, also love that hibachi rice. Looking forward to returning
In case anybody else was wondering--yes, prices did recently go up, even tho' this place has only been open for about two months. It's marginal at lunch (30 cents more for Chinese, 20 cents more for Thai), but dinner prices went from roughly $7.95 to $9.25. Maybe no big deal, but part of the charm was paying more reasonable prices--at least for me.
So far, I prefer the Chinese offerings to the Thai. For a Thai lunch, I'd recommend Typhoon (Main Street, Middletown) over Asian Restaurant.
And I do still like Fortune Garden (near Stop & Shop in M'town) for takeout. You can't beat their lunch specials (come with choice of rice and soup) with prices from $5.25 to $5.95. Only downside, they have tables, but I wouldn't want to sit there.