This family-owned restaurant promises to be a quite haven from the bustle of South Wadsworth and Highway 285, offering a range of pan- Asian flavors, classic Chinese dishes, sushi and a variety of unique and healthy soups.
New owners Kenny and Jeannie Yu launched 285 Asian Landing earlier this year. Prior to that the Mu-Lan Landing Chinese restaurant had occupied the space for years gaining a solid reputation in the neighborhood. Dr. Jeannie Yu, who runs an acupuncture practice by day, used her background in medicine to inspire a few dishes on the menu. The bone marrow soup or “medicine soup” as Jeanie likes to call it is a perfect starter: a soothing soup with a dark, rich broth, ginger, mixed herbs, and shiitake mushrooms. Then there’s Dr. Yu’s chicken soup, so special that you have to order it 24 hours in advance. It takes up to 8 hours to prepare and has a hearty cast of ingredients including organic chicken, codonopsis, astragalus, Goji wolf berry, Chinese red dates, Chinese yam, shiitake mushroom and ginger. According to Jeannie this soup will stimulate your immune system, increase energy and promote overall health.
The interior traditionally Chinese in aesthetic—lends a hand to the warm atmosphere, which contains an elegant balance of intimacy and informality. Traditional musical instruments and cultural artifacts are displayed throughout the restaurant, demonstrating the pride that Jeannie and Kenny have for their Chinese roots.
There’s something for everyone here, and the regulars who dine at 285 Asian Landing have favorites as diverse as the menu. Sushi Chef Mason Rhee serves up a variety of sashimi and sushi rolls. My favorite happened to be the 285 Sushi Roll with Tempura shrimp, avocado,cucumber, topped with spicy tuna and crunch. Try the spring rolls or the crab cheese wantons, both are perfectly wrapped and paired with delicious dipping sauces.
The entrees take everything up a notch. The Hunan Duck follows Chinese culinary philosophy to an exact science, balancing flavors and consistency with equal skill. The crispy1/2 duck was cooked perfectly, served with hunan sauce, a rich sauce with a medley of vegetables, the perfect balance of sweet and spicy. The Chicken Lo Mein was one of the best I’ve had in a while, perfectly coated noodles in a delicious sauce, crispy sautéed vegetables and tender bits of moist chicken.
285 Asian Landing might be a little hard to find, although its right off of S. Wadsworth; but one things for certain, once you land there, you will love it. The food is delicious, the prices are reasonable, and the service feels like family— what else can you ask for?
285 Asian Landing Sample Menu
Eight Treasure Soup, Small, $3.95 ; Large $ 5.95
The slow cooked soup is made with red rice, black rice, red beans, black beans,
black sesame, lotus seeds, coix seeds and walnuts. This high protein and high
fiber vegetarian soup will nourish the heart, blood, kidneys and brain and is also
good for the skin, hair and memory.
Singapore Rice Noodles, $11.95
Stir-fried noodles w/onions, cabbage, bean sprouts with curry flavor.
Basil Fried Rice, $8.95
Stir-fried rice w/chicken, jalapeño & basil leaves.
Five Spice Flavor Duck (1/2 duck), $18.95
Duck breast and leg cooked with our unique mixture of Asian five spice powder.
Honey Walnut Shrimp, Lunch $10.95, Dinner $15.95
Battered shrimp with honey baked walnut and sesame.