8 Asian Restaurants in Metro Phoenix You've Probably Never Tried -- But Should

Taiwan Food Express at Mekong Plaza serves affordable Taiwanese eats.
Taiwan Food Express at Mekong Plaza serves affordable Taiwanese eats.
Lauren Saria

So you've got a craving for Asian food, but you're sick of the places that fill your usual rotation. Perhaps it's so bad that your go-to spots know your takeout order by heart.

Well, we've got the solution. Here are eight places for Asian eats that you might not have tried before. Whether you're looking to try a new international cuisine, or just want to break out of your dining rut, give these places a try and you will be rewarded.

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Taiwan Food Express

There aren't many places in town that serve Taiwanese food, but for an approachable and affordable foray into this cuisine try Taiwan Food Express at Mekong Plaza in Mesa. The counter service restaurant has a pretty lengthy menu, and if you're a first-time Taiwanese food eater you'll love that there are photos of many dishes hanging on the wall. Start with some easy-to-like dishes such as the beef roll, scallion pancake, or a hot bowl of beef noodle soup.

Looking for izakaya in Phoenix? DOZO in Tempe is the place.
Looking for izakaya in Phoenix? DOZO in Tempe is the place.
Lauren Saria

DOZO Izakaya

In Japan, an izakaya is a drinking establishment that serves small plates of Japanese comfort foods. DOZO Izakaya delivers on at least the food portion of this concept, with a menu of grilled small plates such as sunagimo, or chicken gizzard; hotaru-ikayaki, or baby squid; and one of our personal favorites,tako-yaki, or fried octopus balls. We wish the restaurant stayed open later to give an even better Japanese izakaya experience, but if you hit the restaurant during happy hour you can score pretty good deals on both food and drinks.



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