The new “gastro” district of Stamford surely is Harbor Point with what seems to be a veritable explosion of new eateries. Handling the Asian fare in the neighborhood is Asian Bistro, a beautiful restaurant tucked into a storefront opposite Fairway Market. It has become oddly common now to lump together all sorts of Asian cuisines under a single roof, usually with uneven results. Asian Bistro, with some real talent in the kitchen, at the sushi bar and the hibachi grill, manages the meld better than most, with some standouts in each of the huge menu categories.
The rather ordinary exterior quickly gives rise to a wow factor upon entering. In warm weather the entrance becomes a tropical open-air tiki bar with all sorts of intriguing cocktails to sip while nibbling on a little sushi (super fresh and sparkling), a little heap of rock shrimp tempura (light and crisp with a spicy yuzu dipping sauce) or a delicate beef negimaki (perfectly cooked, thinly sliced filet wrapped around verdant asparagus).