Umami, Japanese Street Food & Sushi (Lawrenceville)
Experience an Izakaya (Japanese pub) with street foods dedicated to umami flavors, robatayaki BBQ dishes and a late-night menu. Check out chef Roger Li’s beautiful creations on Umami’s instagram page for inspiration.

Spice Island Tea House in Oakland. Photo by Spice Island Tea House.

Spice Island Tea House in Oakland. Photo by Spice Island Tea House.

Spice Island Tea House, Asian Fusion (Oakland)
This place has been a neighborhood staple for more than 20 years, featuring a diverse menu of Thai, Burmese, Malaysian and Singaporean cuisines: rice dishes, Pad Thai, slow-cooked curries, noodle soups, grilled and stir-fried specialties. Interesting salads round out the menu, including Gado! Gado! — an Indonesian salad made with vegetables, sliced boiled egg, fried onion and peanut dressing. A ginger beer goes great with the spicy dishes.

A trio of daikon rice cake, seared tuna summer roll, and frog leg at Soba in Shadyside. Photo by Soba.

A trio of daikon rice cake, seared tuna summer roll, and frog leg at Soba in Shadyside. Photo by Soba.

Soba and Umi, Japanese (Shadyside)
Both restaurants were featured in NEXTpittsburgh’s “15 tried-and-true Pittsburgh restaurants that have stood the test to time.” Soba features mix-and-match classics from across Asia with more unusual dishes — Korean BBQ Ribs, Burmese Tea Leaf Dumplings, and Lobster Tacos.

Umi features authentic Japanese sushi preparation and multi-course Japanese omasake dinners where the diner leaves the choices up to the chef.

NOTE: This has closed. Banhmilicious, Vietnamese (Strip District)
Chef Hoa Le brings her concept of authentic Vietnamese cuisine with a modern twist as part of the Smallman Galley’s latest team of featured chefs. Her simple menu is gaining praise with options for noodles, rice, spring rolls and tacos. Another great place to try fresh bánh mì sandwiches, right in The Strip.

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