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Currently listed: 6 Restaurants in
Burlington, USA/Vermont.

Asiana House Koto Loong Chats Kitchen CLOSED !
New Shang Hai & Tokyo Sakura CLOSED ! Sushi Bar CLOSED !

Asiana House

Name:Asiana House
Address:191 Pearl St, Burlington, VT 05401
Phone:(802) 651-0818
Opened:Lunch and Dinner
Reviews:"The newest addition to Burlington’s sushi-restaurant scene, Asiana has quickly become my favorite. Serving a classic assortment of Japanese foods like tempura, agemono, and teriyaki in addition to their innovative sushi, Asiana caters to a fairly broad audience. The interior is stylized, cozy, and modern, and definitely more New York than Burlington, VT—a welcome change. Their waitstaff is small but dedicated, attentive, and with a good memory for loyal customers. What keeps me coming back, however, is the restaurant’s innovative and unique perspective on Japanese food. The owner/chef believes in a more modern and decorative presentation of Japanese food, combining basic Japanese ingredients and sensibilities with a French flair for flavor and presentation. The end-result is brilliant, with a variety of Maki presented with torched miso-sauces, caramelized tataki-style fish, and a rainbow assortment of flavors. I highly recommend their house special maki, and their daily specials are consistently innovative and delicious. (The Volcano and Patriots rolls are my favorites.) Their standard sushi fare is excellent and above-par as well, as the owner personally drives to Boston’s fresh-fish market every other day. They regularly stock O-Toro (not white maguro or chuu-toro), Uni, and real crab, and always present an assortment of 4 different fish roe. They also cater to Burlington’s large vegetarian population, with tempeh and vegetable maki combinations made to the same caliber as their house special rolls. And while not a strictly Japanese style, their desserts are fantastic as well. Home-made fruit ice creams, mango cheesecakes, and Japanese mochi ice creams are all made by the owner’s wife, and are delicious. So far their Sake selection has been basic, and not diverse, but their winelist is improving every day. They do not yet have a liquor license, but that’s right around the corner. If you like new and innovative cuisine, or consider yourself a sushi connoisseur, stop by Asiana and give them a try. from: "
- Hans Schneider ( [March 8th 2004]
"OK, let me clarify for the sake of my own reputation. Asiana house has now, like many restaurants run by korean or chinese chefs, dropped some authenticity. They do have 'white tuna', AKA escolar, which is illegal in Japan because it can cause symptoms similar to Olestra. Also, they dispense surimi instead of real crab like any california-roll hocking place, and they NEVER stock bluefin. This is NOT an authentic japanese restaurant--like many American japanese restaurants, they have gone the way of cream cheese, mayo, and deep-fried rolls. Don't get me wrong, though. I LOVE Asiana House, and it continues to be one of my favorite restaurants in Burlington. Their rolls are, despite their lack of authenticity, really, really wonderful, especially the tiger roll (spicy scallop inside, torched unagi outside). The mussels are wonderful, and the hamachi kama is excellent. Just be smarter than the waitstaff and you'll be treated to an excellent and inexpensive sake collection, a nice decor, and a place that respects locals and rewards regulars. Until VT picks up a restaurant run by japanese chefs that isn't obviously hurting for fresh fish and more money (sakura), this is the best sushi in the area. "
- hans schneider ( [Oct 26th 2008]
Link:Restaurant Website



Name:Koto Japanese Steakhouse
Address:792 Shelburne Road, South Burlington, Vermont 05403
Phone:(802) 865-3663
Fax:(802) 859-3394
Opened:Mon-Thu: 11.30am - 2.30pm, 5pm - 9.30pm, Fri,Sat: 11.30am - 2.30pm, 4.30pm - 10.30pm, Sun: 4pm - 9pm
Reviews:"With a sister Restaurant in New York City and another to open in Stowe Vermont as soon as the locals allow a down staters Japanese to open Vermont will have two of the most wonderful places to eat SUSHI...I went to this Restaurant two days before its grand opening and MICHAEL who runs the place welcomed someone who was experienced in SUSHI, after eating Lunch then Several Dinners at the SushiBar I was going to put the Koto to the test--I work for North West Kayaks a leading maker of Ocean going kayaks who sell boats to Japan and there sale Rep is Katsu Sakuma a native Japanese now living in Easter Canada and who is in charge of the sales to Japan. We had unloaded 70 kayaks that were delivered to me and then we went to KOTO for the test--we sat at the Bar--I said hello in english--Katsu said hello in his native tongue--we had Yellowtail and sea urchin and fatty tuna and --after about an hour Katsu who hit it off with the owner said that it was like being home in Japan......The Bar is small only for 8 to 9 people---Vermont is desperate for Sushi and they dont know the top side so call and go when Mike is there--Come and paddle our almost GREAT LAKE and eat at KOTO. "
- Steve Schneider ( [October 28th 2000]
"Unfortunately, Koto has gone the way of Benihanas and is now essentially a mass-produced Hibachi-House with not particularly good quality fish and not enough emphasis on the sushi. Great entertainment, still a nice place to eat, but it isn't a destination sushi restaurant by any means."
- [May 16th 2008]
"Oh joy of joys, I've found a restaurant inside a restaurant! Sit at the tables at koto and you'll be treated to a sushi conveyor belt, where you can sit down for a 10-course sushi dinner in 10 minutes, and get rude stares if you wait around for 40 minutes after your first drinks come. You'll be treated to the loud oohs and aahs of silly people wowed by traditional hibachi fare, and a chinese waitress that will, guaranteed, get your order wrong. But. If you sit at the sushi bar, things will be different. Kohada, idtako, large chunks of bluefin and bigeye, yummy, unblemished golden uni, and ikura that snaps like a paintball in your mouth. Oh lord, don't EVER sit anywhere else. Now this is artistry. Why can't they treat everyone like they deserve this level of food?? Also, as a tip for this restaurant and anywhere else--sit in front of the oldest chef, and only talk to him. It makes a difference. Trust me. "
- Hans Schneider ( [Oct 26th 2008]


Loong Chats Kitchen CLOSED !

Name:Loong Chats Kitchen CLOSED !
Address:169 Church Street, Burlington,VT 05401
Phone:(802) 851 9660
Opened:daily: 11am-2pm, 5pm-10pm, Sushi Tuesay - Saturday (available some sundays)
Review:"A Thai Menue with a selection of Sushi and Maki and Sashimi. I have had dinner and lunch there many times and this past weekend with my son and my little girl we had dinner. The Sushi Sampler in large is $13.95; Spicy Scallop roll is $5.95. All the cooking or prep is done in the Kitchen no Sushi bar at Loong Chats.If you need a Sushi fix and don't want to go up the street try Loong Chat's for lunch or dinner. "
- Steve Schneider ( [November 4th 2002]


New Shang Hai & Tokyo

Name:New Shang Hai & Tokyo
Address:271 North Main Street, Rutland, VT, 05701
Phone:(802) 786-8088
Fax:(802) 786-8082
Opened:Sun-Thurs: 11 am - 10 pm; Fri,Sat: 11 am-10:30 pm
Review:"If you are skiing at Kilington and you want Sushi or visiting Rutland Vermont the only place to get Sushi is at New Shang Hai & Tokyo. The sushi is what it is, They have Rainbow Rolls that are made from crab stick and cucumber rolled on fish: Tempura, vegetable;shrimp or mixed sea food. and they have Sushi and Sashimi. The place is mostly Chow Mein and Chop Suey if you get my drift. But they do have Sushi. There are only two seats at the Sushi Bar ? was the food good? Its Rutland what do you expect, Its summer now come back in winter when there is snow on the Mountain. "
- Steve Schneider ( [June 28th 2008]


Sakura CLOSED !

Name:Sakura Japanese Restaurant
Address:2 Church Street, Burlington, Vermont
Phone:(802) 863-1988
Opened:Mon-Fri: 11.30am - 2pm, Sat: 11.30am -2.30 pm, Mon-Thu: 5pm - 9.30pm, Fri,Sat: 5pm- 10.30pm, Sun. closed
Reviews:"Excellent fresh sushi at the bar - special suggest the ´SUSHI HEAVEN´ - a huge selection of sushi and sashimi."
- Steve Schneider ( [December 5th 1997]
"As a local, and avid Japanese food lover, it is hard to beat what Sakura's has to offer. We've been to the other place in town and while it has hibachi tables and the quality is very high, it lacks the quiet, un-rushed, personal feel that I desire when putting down about the same amount of money. When we go out to eat in Burlington, we get pulled to Sakura's magnet like we were made of steel! "
- Mr. C ( [April 18th 2001]


Sushi Bar CLOSED !

Name:Sushi Bar at Pataya Thai Restaurant
Address:2403 Shelburne Road ,Burlington, VT 05482
Phone:802-985-9904 and-985-9905
Fax:no fax yet
Opened:Daily: 11am -2.30pm, 4pm-10pm
Review:" Pattaya Restaurant offers to Vermont wonderful Thai food, it opened this past month and though we have been there several times we looked foward to the opening of the down stairs SUSHI BAR--with seating for 8 people with room to add two more. My son and I stoped by for dinner. Behind the bar was Tobby who moved here to run the Sushi side of the restaurant. Tobby orders all the fish from New York City and when we went there it was the first week they were open. No one was at the Sushi Bar and since the sign out side is so small it will take a while to gather a following. I ordered a Aligator roll (shrimp tempura with Eel on top) then Spicy Tuna and a Scallop hand roll, all the food was very nice but when we asked for Uni and raw Lobster they had not gotten any in yet.Toddy talked about a deep fried fresh lobster roll that he made in the last place he worked. I hope he offers this soon. Vermonters come and try out this new Sushi Bar. "
- Steve Schneider ( [June 15th 2001]


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