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This is a "date place" with an opportunity to be able to nosh delicate vegan bites in an atmosphere that is sophisticated. Prices are what you would expect for excellent service and high art food styling. It's not the kind of place I go when I'm craving a specific dish because its appeal isn't the food necessarily, rather; glamour on a plate, service for royalty and suave decor.


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As an omnivore I've eaten at Azia many times. I've found their food to be tasty and the service to be very good. I've eaten here once since becoming Vegan and while the menu is not particularly forthcoming, the waitstaff was more than willing to help us order dishes that were appropriate. The food was very good and the waitress was so wonderful we actually sent a thank you card to the restaurant.


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Overpriced with mediocre food. Simple as that. My server was decent, unlike some of the other reviews here. He knew what vegan was and was clear about which menu items were.

I had some sort of mock duck/tofu/yam soup the first time I went with my wife. It was just OK. The next time I went with a couple of friends and we had sushi. Very little on the sushi menu was vegan (no inari!) but they were good about special ordering. I've had better sushi at many other places. If you want sushi in the Twin Cities, just stick with Origami downtown.


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Azia has some of the best fresh springrolls I've eaten. They are giant sized and are loaded with fresh herbs, plus they can put both tofu and mock duck in the rolls. I also really enjoy their pan-fried veggie potstickers. When I was a vegetarian, the cranberry cream cheese puffs were to die for.

The Hot and Spicy Lemongrass dish with mock duck is definitely my favorite. It is amazingly tasty. The cranberry curry is also good, as is the basil supreme.

I agree it is very pricey. I would recommend going during lunch for cheaper dishes and appetizers. It is incredibly laid back during lunch, and not filled with hipsters. The bartender tends to be the server during the quiet times of the day, which is nice.

The servers have always been very helpful telling me which dishes can be made vegan. I've also been told that they have separate areas of the kitchen where meat and vegetarian items are prepared. They use separate pans and utensils in preparing food as well.


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You want real Asian cuisine? Don't go to Azia. If you want a more posh place to hang out on Nicollet's Eat Street, then this is a viable option, but don't go for the food or reasonable prices. You won't find it at Azia. You'll just find a more fancy atmosphere which in my mind does not justify spending over $10 on noodles that doesn't taste that great.


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I was impressed with reviews of Azia and chose it as a place to celebrate my wife's birthday and entertain 2 couples. The ambiance was as represented. Very hip and very cool. That is the extent of our satisfaction with the restaurant. We were seated upon arrival and waited 10 minutes for a waiter to appear, our water glasses to be filled and our drink orders taken. The waiter's arrogance was laughable at first, but after several snips directed at individuals within the group, was downright unacceptable. The entrees arrived in bits and pieces, with 5 minutes separating the arrival of the first and last. A complaint to the owner mildly improved the level of service and dessert was comped. Lastly, the waiter arrived with our bill, and stated to our group that he had taken the liberty of splitting the check three ways. Insulting and inappropriate, particularly given the fact that we were the hosts for the evening


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This restaurant is hip, but not enough for them to charge you that much. Drinks could be more expensive than Chino Latino, which I find a bit hard to believe. The tables are small for the size of the "tiles" they use to serve appetizers, which you can hardly see due the the size of the tiles! (I wonder should the table be bigger, or the tiles be smaller) The food quality is, however, good with an interesting twist of "fusion." I also had a waiter that was just not professional for what he wanted to be. If not training, food servers do need experience. The reason I am cirtical about the service here (versus some other Chinese restaurants) is because Azia clearly charges you for the service, which is not up to the standard they want to claim.


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Most of the dishes I've tasted at Azia were very good, but nothing really stands out as a favorite. Despite having some very similar items as thier cousin restaurant Than Do, the fusion style of cooking here seems nearly snobbish in comparison.


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this place is over priced and not that great. The server didn't seem to know what was vegan and what wasn't on the menu, and came back with vauge answers when I asked for details. Maybe we just got a dud, but I wasn't impressed. The food wasn't that good, I didn't want to finish my meal, and gave my leftovers to my husband the next day - unusal since I usually covet my doggie bags. Skip this one - it's just not worth it.

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The food is quite good here, but you're definitely paying a "hipness" surcharge. Many of the same dishes are available at Thahn Do (which has the same owners) for slightly lower prices.

They do have the draw of being open late at night, when vegan choices are slim, so that's a big winner in my book.

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