The newly expanded Asiana Market opened inside the Dobson Plaza, near the intersection of Dobson Road and Southern Avenue, in December. It boasts an extensive selection of Korean prepared foods, an impressive seafood department, and a sprawling food court that's a worthy destination on its own.
Tous Les Jours, a popular French-Asian bakery cafe chain that has more than 1,500 locations around the world, including more than 40 in the U.S.
The bakery chain, which is headquartered in South Korea, is known for its extensive and unique assortment of sweet and savory pastries, cakes, pies, breads, and other baked goods. Items are scratch-baked on-site, and many of the baked goods fuse French technique with Asian flavors.
Grab a pair of tongs, an aluminum tray, and prepare to carb-load, because there's bound to be something here that catches your eye.
On a recent visit, there were beautifully arrayed piles of traditional French pastries like croissants, palmiers, and pain aux raisins. Savory pastries included sausage and frank rolls, and ham and tomato galettes.
The bakery has a grab-and-go boulangerie stocked with packaged breads, including fluffy loaves of pan bread, and packaged sweet buns with flavors like red bean and black sesame.
There's also an impressive bakery case filled with Instagram-friendly tarts, pies, and cakes. Some of the unique cakes I saw on a recent visit included a whimsical "bird" cake and a heart-shaped vanilla-chocolate mousse cake.
Tous Les Jours has dessert covered, but if you're looking for a hot meal, there's also a promising lunch and dinner scene taking shape at the food court.
Paik's Noodles, a popular Chinese-Korean chain noodle shop affiliated with Korean celebrity chef Baek Jong Won, offers popular eats like bowls of jajangmyeon, or noodles with black bean sauce.
Another restaurant, Asiana Kitchen Tofu & Grill, recently debuted at the food court. Asiana Kitchen offers a menu of popular Korean dishes like bulgogi, mandu dumplings, soups, and stir-fries.
With more shelf space, the selection of prepared Korean food items is better than ever. You'll find grab-and-go bulgogi lunch plates, kimchi, and all manner of packaged banchan.
Seafood lovers will want to check out Asiana Market's expanded seafood department, which features a live lobster tank and a healthy selection of fresh fish on ice.
The produce department isn't quite as big as some of the larger Asian supermarkets along Dobson Road, but it's still a good spot for harder-to-find fresh veggies and herbs.
This might not be the biggest Asian supermarket in the East Valley, but it's already one of the liveliest one-stop shops on Dobson Road.
Asiana Market, 1135 South Dobson Road, Mesa; 480-833-3077.
Open daily 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.