The line at Asian Mint on Central Expressway was out the door last Monday when I arrived to meet friends for the restaurant’s Dollar Sushi Night.
Updated Thai specialties and a goodly assortment of sushi make this an Asian fusion kind of place.
On Monday and Tuesday nights selected sushi items are a dollar per piece. Get a bunch of the salmon; Asian Mint buys the wild-caught variety. Most salmon sushi is farm raised, but not here. And while the eel was a bit mushy and I can’t vouch for the red snapper actually being red snapper because I forgot to ask (little-known fact: most “red snapper” served as sushi is actually tilapia), it’s nice to be able to order away without even thinking about the price.
What’s a good promotion, though, if it doesn’t entice a diner to take a peek at the regular menu? I did, and wound up with a far heftier bill after ordering the sublime orange-sauced soft shell crab with crab fried rice.
A few desserts later – the jasmine crème brulee is pure perfection, with a marvelously crunchy sugary-topped shell – pretty cups of cappuccino topped off what had turned into a leisurely meal. Asian Mint goes way further into the dessert realm than the limited green tea ice cream offerings of most sushi places, and their Illi coffee is first-rate.
Next up: a new Happy Hour.
From 3-5 M – F, beers, mimosas, a few cocktails and some wines by-the-glass – along with an appealing assortment of appetizers and salads – will cost $3-$5.Asian Mint 11617 N. Central Expressway, Suite 136 214 363-6655