Alan Julamoke, chef and owner of Asian Avenue, tells it like it is: "A lot of people like Thai food and a lot of people like sushi." Simply put and oh-so true, Julamoke made good on his observation with the opening of this pan-Asian eatery.
The menu is positively overwhelming. The Japanese half of the menu includes traditional appetizers such as gomae (sesame spinach with peanut sauce), salads and, of course, fresh sushi. Specialties include Mexican maki, a roll with jalapeno and cilantro, and deep-fried spicy tuna, served with cream cheese and a special sauce (both $6). Japanese entrees (tuna, chicken and beef teriyaki) are also available ($10-$14).
If you're in the mood for Thai, load up on specialty appetizers such as mee krob (crispy rice vermicelli noodles with shrimp), soups, salads and noodle and rice dishes. Specialties include shrimp scampi and shrimp with garlic sauce (both $8.95).
The servers go above and beyond to keep the tables clean and well served, and the brightly colored yellow walls create a sunny backdrop for your meal, whether it be Thai, Japanese or a little bit of both.
Average cost: $10-$20
Centerstage Reviewer: Emily Fiffer