The Salt Lake Scene

J. Wong's Asian Bistro

p4070266_lresMy co-workers, Melanee and Jaimie, and I are always on the lookout for new, worthwhile restaurants in the downtown area. We LOVE our lunches. Yesterday, we found one worth blogging about: J. Wong's Asian Bistro.

J. Wong's is located at 163 West 200 South--directly across the street to the South of the Salt Palace. This Asian bistro gets high marks in the following three categories:

(1) Atmosphere

(2) Menu

(3) Customer Service,

...making it one of my new favorite places for Asian cuisine.

J. Wong's offers a modern and comfortable atmosphere.We went for lunch on a sunny day, so there was plenty of light near the windows at the front of the restaurant. Melanee commented on how "handsome" the interior design was and she like the way it felt. However, the lighting is such that at night, it would make for a more Interior Atmosphereromantic setting. I especially enjoyed the lighting and artwork around the restaurant. There's a large banquet room with a large TV in the back of the restaurant that makes a great setting for parties/events.

The menu has a great mix of Asian entrees and great desserts. The owners' family is originally from Thailand. But they keep their menu from getting too specific to any particular region of Asia. Instead, it's a mix of regional influences.

The lunch special goes for $8.50 and gets you an entree with a side of rice and a spring roll. Jaimie ordered the General Tao Chicken. Melanee ordered the Pad Thai Noodles. I ordered the Red Curry Chicken. All three were delicious, but the overall favorite was the General Tao. When you visit, be sure to ask for the dessert menu. We had the fried banana and fried cheesecake with coconut ice cream. I'm craving it again today. You MUST have this dessert.

The J. Wongs delivered the best in customer service. Our server was sharp, informative, and friendly. Our glasses were kept full and we had every opportunity to request something (if there would have been a need).

About half way through the meal, we had a visit from one of the co-owners, Jordan Wong. Jordan and his brother, Jason (the Chef) were very friendly. The two of them grew up working at their mother's Bountiful Chinese restaurant and decided to do something different in the downtown area. The restaurant name comes from the two brothers' names, Jordan Wong (Genaral Manager) + Jason Wong (Head Chef) = J. Wong's Asian Bistro.

The BarThe Wong's 20+ years of experience at their family-run restaurant has paid off. They have created a restaurant that should be around a long time. At one point in our conversation, Mr. Wong said, "We know our food is good. We just need to get the word out to people so they can enjoy it with us."

I now know their food is good too and I can honestly say I enjoyed my entire experience with Jordan and Jason Wong.

At J. Wong's you can have a posh lunch, a romantic dinner, or a group event at a reasonable rate. And it's always nice to know you're supporting a locally-run business. Try it soon, before you have to start waiting for a table.