The Clever Koi in Phoenix: New Lunch Menu, No Steamed Buns Till Dinner (Wah!)
Since opening in December, The Clever Koi has quickly become a favorite spot for inventive modern Asian cuisine. We've rated the happy hour, given our first impressions, and reviewed the whole menu.
Amy Silverman Black bean pancake banh mi and hot and sour soup.
And just this week, the restaurant introduced a lunch menu to the mix, with affordable -- if limited -- dining options.
Though the new lunch menu, which will be served until 3 p.m., is an affordable lunch option -- most entrees fall under $10 and sometimes include a side -- initial reports haven't been favorable.
And with the restaurant's neighbor, George and Dragon, offering lunch deals for all of $5, Clever Koi probably isn't going to win the bargain battle on the block. (Granted, what the two restaurants are serving varies considerably.)
Regardless, here's the menu:
$8 (Add Lemongrass Grilled Chicken $3)
Green Tea Soba Salad
Chilled Green Tea Noodles / Snow Peas / Carrots / Mushrooms / Bean Sprouts / Pickled Peppers / Sweet Chili Dressing
Black Kale / Green Papaya / Citus / Carrots / Crispy Won Ton / Hot & Sour Dressing
Beets / Mizuna / Shave Cucumber / Pickled Ginger / Tempura Bean Curd / Lemongrass Vinagrette
Choice of side: Togarashi Fries, Chop Chop Salad or Hot & Sour Soup
Crispy Pork Culet / House Made Pickles / Spicy Japanese Mustard
Black Bean Pancake
Black Bean & Cabbage Pancake / Scallion / Pickled Peppers / Wasabi Creama
Wood Griled Chicken Breast / Diakon Radish Cole Slaw / Sriracha Aioli
Pork Ramen $13
Roasted Pork / House Bacon / Pickled Mustard Greens/ Shiitake / Bean Sprouts / Soft Egg / Ramen Noodle
Vegetable Chow Mein $10.50
Choice of Lemongrass Grilled Chicken / House Pork / Shrimp / Duck