Noodles, sushi, and meats. How could a menu get any more complete than that?!
A frolleague of mine recently introduced me to an Asian restaurant she stumbled upon in a suburb of Miami. Green Plate Asian Bistro* in Doral opened in July 2014 and claims to be “a combination of authentic Chinese, Thai, and Japanese culinary culture with a modern twist.” Given my inclination towards fusion cuisine, I didn’t hesitate to give it a go.
I went for lunch and tried the Steak Teriyaki Bento Box. I originally asked for the Sushi Bento, but decided to pick something else since my waitress couldn’t tell me what the chef’s choice sushi was — and I wasn’t in a very risky mood that day. I was impressed with the extensive menu of bento boxes Green Plate offered. (Each bento box comes with a choice of miso soup or house salad, a California roll, a spring roll, and seaweed salad.)
Feeling healthy, I started off with a house salad with ginger dressing. Standard fare, nothing special there — but not that I was expecting anything extraordinary. I’d give it an okay.
Next up, the bento box. Pretty nice presentation and decent portion sizes. So good so far. I started with the spring roll and was pleasantly surprised. The wrapper was lightly crunchy and unlike most other spring/egg rolls that I’ve eaten in the past, didn’t seem to be deep-fried in heavy oil. Off to a very good start. I’d give it at least a fine.
Then I tried the seaweed salad. Again, ordinary, but I wasn’t expecting anything extraordinary there either. Again, an okay. The California roll looked ordinary, but for some reason I thought it tasted quite good. Fresh ingredients. I’d give it a fine. And I’m even usually not a fan of “fake” sushi!
I saved the best — the steak teriyaki and rice — for last, which was probably actually a mistake. Sadly, by that point in the meal, the meat had gotten somewhat cold and was harder in texture than I was anticipating, so I didn’t get as much enjoyment out of eating it as I thought I would have. It was still pretty flavorful though, so at least it had that going for it. I think I’d give this combo a fine.
Overall, Green Plate had a nice ambiance — a pretty modern feel — coupled with a fairly interesting menu. I’d given my overall visit a fine. I’ve heard the dinner menu there is quite good as well, though have never eaten there at night myself. I’d definitely be up for dining again — day or night!
9901 Northwest 41st Street
Doral, FL 33178