Up for a little sushi? Or maybe you're in the mood for Chinese? How about pad thai or a bowl of pho? Whatever your yen for Asian flavors, these new Triangle area restaurants will have you covered.
Variations on a vinegared rice theme may get top billing at Sushi Love (2812 Erwin Road; 309-2401; www.sushilovedurham.com), but sushi is hardly the only option.
The selection covers the pan-Asian spectrum from miso-seared bass to lemongrass chicken, spicy basil beef to salt and pepper calamari. And that doesn't include the seven Thai curries and nine noodle and noodle soup offerings. Can't decide? Start with the Asian Progression, which serves up an appetizer sampler of summer rolls, spring rolls, fried dumplings, chicken saté and sashimi. Order a specialty cocktail from the bar, if you like. And take it from there. Sushi Love serves lunch and dinner daily.
The offering is strictly Japanese at Tokyo Fun (4325 N.C. 55; 544-9696), which opened officially last week in the old China One spot just north of Interstate 40 in Durham. You certainly won't lack for choices, though, given an extensive menu that covers all the bases from teriyaki to tempura to katsu to udon, not to mention a sushi bar offering that runs to nearly a hundred listings. Now is the time to sample broadly, too. As a Grand Opening special, everything on the menu is 20 percent off through the month of September. You can have fun at Tokyo Fun, seven days a week, lunch or dinner.
In Raleigh, Peace China (802-106 Semart Drive, 833-8668) looks pretty much like countless other Chinese takeout joints: menu board with pictures over the order counter, handful of tables -- usually unoccupied -- for dining in, etc. What sets Peace China apart from the rest is its location. It isn't in a suburban strip mall but in downtown Raleigh's Seaboard Station, where a recent influx of nearby condo dwellers have been craving just such an eatery. Peace China is ready to satisfy those cravings daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.