TEAYS VALLEY -- Taste of Asia has brought a unique dining concept to Teays Valley. Living up to its name, you can order Chinese, Japanese or Thai cuisine at the same restaurant, located at Liberty Square.
Sylvia Tang opened the Teays Valley restaurant three years ago and expanded to include Hibachi about a year ago.
"The concept that we are working on right now is going very well in Teays Valley," she said. "We have Japanese, Chinese, Thai and Hibachi cuisine. We have all four combined into one location.
"A lot of people love it. We have some customers coming back three, four times a week. One day they have Chinese, another day they have Thai and another day they have Hibachi and sushi. They can get it all under one roof, so it's very convenient for them.
"It's doing great," Tang added. "There was really no Hibachi around Teays Valley. The chef does an entire show in front of you. It's about a 30-minute show. It's entertainment while you're eating."
All of the Hibachi chefs have more than 10 years of experience.
One of the most popular menu items has been the Pad Thai, a dish that includes Thai noodles, shrimp, a ground peanut topping with scallions and bean sprouts. It comes in mild, medium and hot -- and "Thai hot," Tang with a smile.
Taste of Asia began in South Charleston seven years ago when Tang graduated from West Virginia State University with a degree in business management and teamed up with business partner Michael Cheng. Cheng had more than 20 years of experience in the restaurant field.
Tang had extensive restaurant experience as a Chinese immigrant growing up in Baltimore as her parents operated a restaurant there themselves. She worked in their restaurant as a middle school and high school student before heading off to college. Her parents have since retired and are living in Scott Depot.
Sushi is relatively new to Putnam County restaurant patrons. It's been a hit so far, according to Tang.
"Our sushi has been very popular," she said. "Our chefs do such a good job. The presentation is very nice. The customers love it. We were also the first to introduce sushi to this area."
In October of 2008, Taste of Asia opened up another location in Huntington on Third Avenue, across from the Big Sandy Superstore Arena.
"That location is doing very well, too," Tang said. "We're very happy about it."
Catering is also available. Sushi chefs can prepare their creations on site for wedding guests.
"Our full service is available for catering," Tang said. "We also have a private room available for business meetings or parties."
Taste of Asia is open seven days a week and serves the entire menu all day, including lunch specials. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and 12 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Sunday.
For more information, visit www.TasteofAsiaHibachi.com.