Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Han Chinese Kabob and Grill

I love to try new foods, and new restaurants. However, Chinese is one cuisine that I am not drawn to. I'm often intimidated by the menu (usually very little descriptions, and I'm unfamiliar with classic dishes), and I don't typically spend a lot of time exploring Cleveland's AsiaTown. But, shame on me, because there are a lot of wonderful gems in that area. However, I can always count on my AsiaTown buddy, Michelle, to go on these adventures with me.

This time, it brought us to the new Han Chinese Kabob and Grill, after reading Doug Trattner's article in Scene.

The restaurant was easy to find on Payne Avenue. There is a small parking lot in front of the restaurant, and the restaurant's sign is pretty large on the front of the building. The restaurant is very clean, modern, and welcoming. You won't find your typical Asian flare decorating the walls and surface areas here.
We had done some research on what to order, thanks to social media.

We decided to share some smaller items, to get a better taste of their menu. We started with Sliced Pork Belly with Garlic ($5.95).
Warning-! The pork belly was topped with a sizable pile of diced raw garlic, which was very potent. We happen to love garlic, and this dish was one of our favorites.

We ordered Spicy Cool Noodle ($5.95).
Another favorite, this dish was smothered in spicy chili sauce.

We also shared the Stir-fried Noodle Skin ($10.95).
Don't be scared by the name, I didn't find any "skin" in the dish. While this was okay, we both agreed that we probably wouldn't order it again. There was an overload of onions, and there was something about the flavor of the sauce that we just didn't care for.

Lastly, we couldn't not order a kabob. If you have kabob in your name, then it must be ordered. We decided to share the Lamb Skewer.
We had the option of ordering it "spicy" or plain, and we selected spicy. It included six skewers of meat that were still moist when they arrived, but seemed to dry out towards the end of consuming them. They were okay, but I'd honestly probably skip them next time.

Overall, it was one of my favorite AsiaTown experiences. The first two dishes were very good, and I'd order them again. Service was attentive and relatively quick, and the meal was very reasonably priced for the amount of food that we received.

Han Chinese Kabob & Grill
3710 Payne Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44114