Clever Koi

4236 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85012
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  • Monday- Thursday 11am - 10pm Friday - Saturday 11am - 12am Sunday Closed
  • $$; $$$
  • Free Parking, Free Parking, Parking Lot Available
  • Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Vegetarian Friendly
  • Dinner, Lunch
The sleek new midtown restaurant from former Parlor Pizzeria chefs Jared Porter and Joseph Absolor along with co-owners Joshua James and Nicholas Campisano (who also did time at the pizzeria), the Clever Koi is more or less a Chinese-American comfort food head trip. Porter and Absolor's tight selection of reinvented street snacks, rice and noodle dishes, and steamed buns and dumplings are deliciously inauthentic, the two chefs both paying tribute to -- and taking wild liberties with -- each Asian dish.

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