Hiro Asian Kitchen was suggested to us by a reader of this site so we decided to check it out immediately. We had thought about going here before but had not gotten around to it yet, so this was the perfect opportunity. The exterior is very unassuming and we almost missed it when we drove past, but the interior is quite striking. A lot of Asian themed items like scrolls and masks line the walls, but the main vibe is very chill and relaxed, albeit a little too dim on the lighting for our tastes (we like to be able to see our food).
Neverminding the lack of proper light, Hiro really does have a wonderfully posh interior. A perfect place to sip on some fine cocktails or wine with a date, impressing an out of town client, or just a nice evening out with your family. Christine had a lovely take on a St. Germain cocktail called a Cardinals that featured a hibiscus flower at the bottom. It was really delicious. I am currently taking a break from drinking, so I had a ginger beer which I forgot to ask if it was house-made or not.
Hiro has some really nice appetizers, and we had the Tofu Goreng (above) and the Pork Belly Guo Bao (below). We both really loved these and will get them again when we get back. The Tofu Goreng was nice and crispy and the chili sauce that came with it was a perfect mix of spicy and sweet.
I really, really liked the Pork Belly Guo Bao. The buns were so soft and tasty and the pork belly was tender and juicy. Really a great item and I would easily come just to order these.
I would also just come to have the ramen at Hiro, which is simply incredible. I am a big fan of pho, so I was expecting something very much like that, but what I got was totally different but just as amazing. I’ve never actually had ramen before so I was not sure what to expect, but the steaming bowl of succulent pork belly, eggs, spicy ground pork, and these thick, soft noodles that seemed to melt in my mouth was an irresistible combination.
The thing I love the most about pho is that the broth is almost like a healing elixir. Whenever I am sick I have some pho and I always feel immediately better. Maybe next time I will stop by Hiro’s for a bowl of this ramen instead.
We also got a side of kimchi, which was full of amazing spicy and sour flavors. I had kimchi before from Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods, but this was way better and house made so it was probably far better for me as well.
Christine ordered the soup of the day, which was a very simple tofu and vegetable soup. After all the spicy food it seemed a little bland to her so she did not like it as much, so she spooned some of my ramen into it and made a delicious hybrid soup. I thought it was good before we doctored it, personally.
Even though we were split on the soup, we were split even more on the Goji Sole. I thought it was amazing in both flavor and plating, though Christine was not so impressed. The fish was so tender and flavorful, and the goji berry sauce was very simple and perfect for the dish. Christine was not so big about the fish but did like the sauce, but what we both loved were these little cabbage-wrapped packages of mushrooms that were hidden at the bottom of the bowl. They were a wonderful hidden surprise that we both really loved.
Sometimes Christine and I do not agree on everything, but we will definitely be back to Hiro Asian Kitchen sometime soon. If you have never been then please come and try the ramen, you won’t be disappointed.
- Style: Asian Fusion
- Pros: Eclectic Asian Fusion with some serious flavor. Order the Hiro Ramen!
- Cons: The interior is very dimly lighted, but it still is an elegant place to eat.
- Charlie’ Favorites: Hiro Ramen, Pork Belly Guo Bao, Goji Sole
- Christine’s Favorites: Tofu Goreng, Kimchi, Cardinals