Review: Asia BistroAuthor: indianapoliseater | Filed under: Food Reviews, Location: Fishers, IN
7426 Fishers Station Drive
Fishers, Indiana 46038
In what is becoming almost a monthly Sunday night tradition, it was time for me to venture out again for some Chinese takeout and since I was spending some time with my mom and her husband at their house, we decided to try out one of the relatively new takeout places in her area, Asia Bistro. Since it was my first time trying the place, I decided to go with one of my “testing” Chinese dishes and got…
What I Got: Quart of General Tso’s Chicken (comes with white rice); $8.95.
As you can see from my very “arty” photo, the dish comes with a quart of General Tso’s chicken mixed with broccoli and then a smaller pint sized container of white rice. Visually, there’s not a whole lot there. The chicken bits were covered in a sticky sauce and there were noticeable red pepper flakes in the sauce on the chicken (you can also see them on the broccoli in the picture above). One thing I did notice that the chicken was particularly soft and the breading of the chicken was also soft as well. I’m all for tender chicken, but not for mushy breading, so I was little worried as I got ready to eat this one.
My worry subsided a bit, but I can honestly say I was not particularly impressed with this version of General Tso’s chicken. It’s not that it was overwhelmingly bad, but it wasn’t overwhelmingly good either…it was just edible. The thick sauce was neither overly spicy, nor overly sweet, but instead somewhere in the middle. When you order something like General’s chicken, you’d like the sauce to be one of those things (I prefer the spicier version), but this one was neither and that was a big disappointment. As suspected, the chicken was tender and that was nice, but the breading was soft and doughy and since I like a bit of crunch in my General’s chicken, I really missed that. All in all, this was just boring.
Would I Buy It Again? No to the General’s Chicken and probably not to Asia Bistro. Just too boring and not really worth a purchase. If I want Chinese food, I don’t want to be bored by it and Asia Bistro gave me that sensation. The name of this place is deceiving, because this is not what you think of when you think of “bistro quality” food.
As an aside on some of the other menu items, my mom and her husband got different dishes and my mom’s response to her Shrimp with Lobster Sauce was “I’ve been eating this for forty years and this is the worst I’ve ever had” and her husband’s response to his Roast Pork Lo Mein was virtually the same as my review of my food as he said his was “bland.” Not exactly a ringing endorsement of a place, eh?