The month of April is one of the nicest times to live in North Carolina. I love the young, tender green leaves that are budding on the trees and bushes, the Carolina blue skies and the temperatures that are neither too cold or too hot. It’s a perfect time to find a place to dine outside.
Recently, my husband and I traveled to the Charlotte area to visit my old high school/college friend, Renee, and her family. She lives in Fort Mill, South Carolina. We decided to go to a local favorite Asian restaurant called Liu Liu’s Asian Bistro in Baxter Village, which is a mixed-use subdivision with a great little retail area.
Liu Liu’s is a Pan Asian restaurant that features menu items from China, Thailand, Vietnam and Japan. Since it was still in the mid-70s when we arrived at 7:30pm, we decided to dine outside and enjoy the nice weather. Renee and I started our meal out with a martini from the bar menu. I had a French Martini, which had vodka, French Chambord, which is a raspberry liqueur, pineapple juice and a little lemon. It was sweet and a little sour and was a beautiful shade of pink.
We had eaten a late lunch, so none of us were very hungry, so this review will just be about the main courses. I ordered the orange chicken off of the Chinese menu items. The pieces of chicken were Wok fried, keeping the white meat moist, while getting a nice, crispy texture to the batter. The orange sauce was tart and sweet. It was a very pleasing meal. It came with a beautiful side of vegetables consisting of steamed broccoli, carrots, mushrooms, zucchini and a side of brown rice.
Our friend, Mark, had the Mongolian Filet with sautéed vegetables. The meat was tender and well seasoned and was grilled with onions and scallions in a black pepper sauce. It also came with a side of brown rice.
Renee had the rainbow sushi from the sushi bar, which had nice, big pieces of tuna, salmon and vegetables wrapped in sushi rice and seaweed. She said it was very fresh and tasted great.
Scott had the Thai red curry dish with chicken. The red curry sauce was mixed with coconut milk, red peppers, basil, onions, and mushrooms. It was served in a bowl as the sauce was almost like a thick curry soup. The pieces of chicken were very tender. The sauce starts out a bit on the sweet side until the curry kicks in and makes your mouth hum just a bit. This dish comes with a side of brown rice as well. It was a great choice. I will probably order this next time we go there.
We had a dessert waiting for us at home, so we didn’t get to try any desserts, but they sounded very interesting.
Liu Liu’s is a great place to come if you want some fresh Asian food in a relaxing atmosphere and don’t want to spend an outrageous amount of money. Most of our entrees ranged from $12 – $16, which is average for the Charlotte region.
Liu Liu’s is open for lunch Monday-Friday from 11:30 – 2:30pm, and Saturday from 1-4:30pm and for dinner Monday-Thursday from 4:30-9:30pm and Friday & Saturday from 4:30-10pm. They are closed on Sundays. They are located in Baxter Village on Market Street, Suite 122 in Fort Mill, South Carolina.
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