The Clever Koi in Phoenix: New Lunch Menu, No Steamed Buns Till Dinner (Wah!)

Black bean pancake banh mi and hot and sour soup.
Black bean pancake banh mi and hot and sour soup.
Amy Silverman

Since opening in December, The Clever Koi has quickly become a favorite spot for inventive modern Asian cuisine. We've rated the happy hour, given our first impressions, and reviewed the whole menu.

And just this week, the restaurant introduced a lunch menu to the mix, with affordable -- if limited -- dining options.

See also: The Clever Koi in Phoenix: Jared Porter and Joe Absolor Offer Great, Sometimes Overcomplicated Cuisine

Though the new lunch menu, which will be served until 3 p.m., is an affordable lunch option -- most entrees fall under $10 and sometimes include a side -- initial reports haven't been favorable.

And with the restaurant's neighbor, George and Dragon, offering lunch deals for all of $5, Clever Koi probably isn't going to win the bargain battle on the block. (Granted, what the two restaurants are serving varies considerably.)

Regardless, here's the menu:

SALAD $8 (Add Lemongrass Grilled Chicken $3) Green Tea Soba Salad Chilled Green Tea Noodles / Snow Peas / Carrots / Mushrooms / Bean Sprouts / Pickled Peppers / Sweet Chili Dressing Thai Kale Black Kale / Green Papaya / Citus / Carrots / Crispy Won Ton / Hot & Sour Dressing Beet Salad Beets / Mizuna / Shave Cucumber / Pickled Ginger / Tempura Bean Curd / Lemongrass Vinagrette

BANH MI $10 Choice of side: Togarashi Fries, Chop Chop Salad or Hot & Sour Soup Pork Katsu Crispy Pork Culet / House Made Pickles / Spicy Japanese Mustard Black Bean Pancake Black Bean & Cabbage Pancake / Scallion / Pickled Peppers / Wasabi Creama Lemongrass Chicken Wood Griled Chicken Breast / Diakon Radish Cole Slaw / Sriracha Aioli

NOODLES Pork Ramen $13 Roasted Pork / House Bacon / Pickled Mustard Greens/ Shiitake / Bean Sprouts / Soft Egg / Ramen Noodle Vegetable Chow Mein $10.50 Choice of Lemongrass Grilled Chicken / House Pork / Shrimp / Duck

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Clever Koi

4236 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85012


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