Whether you’re craving a hot bowl of Pho or sushi to share with friends, Des Moines has a wide array of options. For some of the best Asian cuisine near Springs at Jordan Creek and Springs at Waukee, we suggest checking out these four unique restaurants.
1. Shanghai Chinese Restaurant
33 NE Carefree Ln, Waukee
Shanghai Chinese Restaurant in Waukee specializes in sit-down, professionally presented lunches and dinners. The chef doesn't make the food until you order it, so you can be sure that every meal is fresh. For a little spice, order the Schezwan prawns, or for a hearty and delicious soup, be sure to try their fabulous Pho.
2. Cafe Fuzion
1240 E 14th St, Des Moines
Quick and affordable, Cafe Fusion is a popular lunch spot, serving Laotian and Vietnamese-based cuisine, with some creative inspirations alongside more traditional items. The steak pho is always a favorite, and for the more adventurous, the bacon rangoon is an excellent appetizer. Cafe Fusion has limited seating and can fill up quickly, so it’s best to arrive around 1 p.m. for lunch and at 5 p.m. for dinner.
3. Wasabi Tao
400 Walnut St, Des Moines
Japanese cuisine at its finest, Wasabi Tao is a top, upscale spot for fresh sushi and sashimi. The freshness of the seafood makes this restaurant worth the visit, and the deep reds and dark blacks of the interior design compliments the entire experience, creating a modern Japanese aesthetic for both plate and decor. The spicy edamame is a clear favorite for an appetizer, and while all the sushi rolls are exceptional, the foxy lady roll with yellowtail tuna, spicy crab, salmon, avocado, crispy onion, might be the best.
4. Pho 85
1701 SE Delaware Ave, Suite 200, Ankeny
Just a short drive from downtown Des Moines, Pho 85 is worth the trip. Another popular lunch spot, Pho 85 not only features affordable meals, but also Pho in three different sizes to match your appetite. The spring rolls are another choice menu item, and come with shrimp, grilled chicken, beef or pork, and they’re known for their tapioca pearl bubble tea.
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