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Location FofA.jpgFlavors of Asia, 5-2008
831 South Clinton Ave, Rochester NY 14620 [Directions]
Hours (as of March 2011)
Tuesday - Thursday: 11:00AM to 9:30PM
Friday - Saturday: 11:00AM to 10:30PM
Sunday: 12:00PM to 9:30PM
Monday: Closed
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585 256 2310
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[WWW]City News article (October 13th, 2004)

Flavors of Asia is a small pan-Asian restaurant located on the corner of South Clinton Avenue and Meigs Street.

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2008-02-24 15:46:53   I am a vegetarian so unlike some of the comments by the meat eating food snobs this is one of my favorite restaurants. The variety of Asian cuisine is extensive for such a small restaurant, the staff are friendly and inviting and the food and flavors are exceptional. Note to food snobs: Have you checked their prices? If you want filet mignon then go to an expensive steak/slaughter house. —RichieGuy


2008-02-24 22:22:28   In defense of my fellow "meat eating food snobs", I must point out that there is quite a sizeable range between the meat served at Flavor of Asia and filet mignon and "we - the meat lovers" do know not to expect the latter. This is going to sound crazy but there exist plenty of standards between mediocrity and excellence.

Citing the low prices as an excuse for the poor quality of meat at this restaurant shows a lack of understanding about meat in general. Believe it or not, you don't need filet mignon to put out a quality non vegetarian dish. Just ask any of the good Asian restaurants.

Either way, please understand that those who actually eat meat have a better idea of what is good and what is not for the price on the menu. And there is no need to adopt such a snooty tone when addressing those who eat meat - especially when the one adopting the tone has chosen not to engage in that choice. —OneLove


2008-06-24 23:31:09   I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS restaurant!!!!! The service was great,and the food was good too. I had the pho and the meat in it was perfectly cooked. I i also liked the steamed leak and shrimp dumplings and the shu-mai. My friend also enjoyed the rice roles he said it was a perfect blend of flavor. After i had the mango sticky rice. The owner came out and mingled with us. although i have only been here 3 times. —bcto69


2008-06-25 21:51:08   I've always enjoyed this restaurant. Good Dim Sum. Very tasty and reasonably prices. —ThomasPawlik


2008-07-28 20:37:23   It is now closed on Mondays, but I didn't notice if the rest of the hours are still the same. —RachelBlumenthal


2008-11-16 01:34:29   Over two years later, and some of their dishes have changed slightly, but it's still one of my favorite restaurants. —AdamDurand


2009-01-06 20:12:27   Love this place! If you are a vegetarian, then Flavors of Asia is definitely worth checking out because they make awesome tofu dishes. Try the turnip cakes and vermicelli bowl with fried tofu. Service is friendly and quick. This is one of our favorite restaurants that we frequent 1-3 times per month. —TrishHeckmann


2009-02-28 08:54:50   My fiance and I have eaten food from here, but until last night, we had never eaten inside. The food was outstanding, as always, and our server (who was tasked with working the entire dining area) made us feel like the only customer he had. That's pretty incredible seeing that it was Friday night and the room was nearly full. I recommend the hot and sour soup, the walnut shrimp dish and lots of rice. It's so good! —BatGuano


2009-04-12 13:40:18   I have always been impressed with this restaurant, based on my 3-ish visits. The portion size has been large and the quality high as well. Today we were very happy with our Dim Sum choices — chinese greens with garlic (large portion perfectly sauteed for $3.50), turnip cake with egg, and leek/shrimp eggroll.

The service has always been top-notch as well — the waiters have always been friendly and attentive. —LePetitChien


2009-04-15 19:50:29   vermicelli bowl with chicken and extra cilentro!!! yum! —NancyOdonnell


2009-05-28 14:10:47   i love this restaurant! great variety of different asian cuisines, although their vietnamese is highly superb! considerate, attentive, and friendly staff, fun little restaurant to be in. i have been coming here ever since they opened! :) —R


2009-08-26 00:06:01   My wife and I go here so much we should just get a timeshare. Top notch food, fine service- get the Pho Ga if you've never had it before. —Hummah


2009-09-30 08:58:30   Came here last night and had the pho tai. It was quite good, though the pho at SEA is better in my opinion, as it's a little bit more spiced and fragrant and has more meat in it and a varied selection of meat at that.

The staff is super friendly, prices very reasonable and it's a nice little joint. I'll definitely be back to try some of the other offerings on the menu. —AlexD1234


2009-10-26 19:58:07   best fried tofu!!! —NipsyRussell


2009-12-31 12:10:22   Best place for Asian in the city. The noodle dishes are my favorite entrees, I really enjoy the way they use curry. Have had some great Apps here and the prices very good. Can be a bit cold in the winter time. Service is very prompt. —almorinelli


2010-02-20 21:58:35   Ordered Seasame Chicken- it was pretty bad- hard to chew, I couldn't even eat it. I won't be going back. —lilBiscotti


2010-03-26 16:45:46   Another vegetarian here and this is my favorite place. I eat here twice a month. Their vegetable version of pho is very tasty, the thai masauman and panang vegetable dishes are very good and the sesame tofu is popular with guests that I bring. —BrianM


2010-06-12 15:29:03   This place is one of the tastiest restaurants for vegetarian Asian cuisine. Vegetarian options never seem like an afterthought, and the servers are very knowledgeable about the menu items. I would recommend the greens with garlic sauce. —puddleofsick


2010-07-01 17:53:01   BEST CHINESE IN THE CITY- and I should know... I'm Asian. Pho is great as are all their noodles- very nice staff too. —Hummah


2010-09-02 18:21:54   We live in the South Wedge and have been coming here for years! We love the Pho Ga and the turnip with egg and scallions - also the chicken pad thai. The staff are very friendly and the quality and quantity is outstanding value. Always a great meal to go or to eat in! —ColinCoffey


2010-10-11 08:29:09   First visit last night. Restaurant, table, dishes and utensils were extremely squeaky clean and the server was friendly and attentive. The menu has Chinese, Vietnamese and Thai fare. Ordered the Pho Ga. The basil, sprouts and lime accompaniments were among the freshest I've ever seen, the chicken pieces were very nice and the soup was tasty. It's not my favorite pho ga in Rochester so far, as I prefer pho ga from Pho Duong Dong and SEA restaurants. But out of respect to this restaurant, I should explain that my pho taste preference is for southern Saigon style pho nam over the northern Hanoi style pho bac and although the pho at this restaurant is not definitively northern and perhaps more of a mish mosh of the 2 styles, the other 2 restaurants have more southern styled pho. The soup here was oilier, less clarified, and the noodles were wider and shorter rice sticks as opposed to the thinner and longer rice noodles which are what I've found in the majority of the pho noodle soups that I have enjoyed. However, I will definitely be going back to try other items on their menu. My husband ordered the Bun Ga (lemon grass chicken vermicelli bowl) and he enjoyed it thoroughly. —KairakuShugisha


2010-11-24 19:00:22   Really enjoy this place. Pho is better at SEA but the rice dishes here are great. Love the little Dim Sum menu tucked on the back page - an order of Sesame Balls is a great way to end a meal. Super friendly - will remember your face and your favorite dish even if you are only an occasional customer. —CamDube


2011-01-31 10:29:44   One of our favorite local restaurants, we've been returning for years. Plenty of "regulars", which speaks to the quality of the food. Service is always friendly. Our favorites include the vermicelli bowl, pad thai, and Vietnamese steamed rice rolls. Try the turnip and egg cakes. —JasonS


2011-03-07 13:29:04   My husband and I regularly eat here or get take out since we live only a couple blocks away. The food is amazing!!!! We have NEVER had a bad dish here. It is also really affordable as well, we usually never spend over $30 and we get 2-3 dim sum, noodle bowls or pho and we have also tried their rice dishes. Great food, friendly people, reasonable prices...what more could you want?!? We have never had any issues with their meat, and all the veggies are extremely fresh. The beef that I get in the pho soup is very tender and the chicken and pork in the noodle bowls is always good. Eat here you wont regret it! —MinaLoy


2011-05-17 19:34:57   After being away from Flavors of Asia for a few months, we came back and had a wonderful experience (as always). A familiar face has joined. Rosie who used to work at Mings II has moved back and is now serving over at FOA. As always, the food and the service are amazing, along with fresh flowers on the tables, and the most amazing orchid plant and kumquat tree I've seen since living in Florida.

Thank you for always making our experience lovely. The Vietnamese soups are great, but our favorite items are the sesame balls, and the scallion and shrimp dumplings. —suziwillpower


2011-05-19 19:18:11   i'm a huge fan of their pho- it's the ultimate rainy/snowy day comfort food! i usually get takeout, but when i've eaten there, the service has been very good. definitely worth checking out —portia356


2011-06-20 09:46:08   delicous! and if you go often enough, they remember you! not cheap but huge portions!


2013-12-04 17:37:32   Again, despite the comments by OneLove(obviously not for the plight of slaughtered animals), this is a modestly priced restaurant that serves excellent dishes. If you don't like the meat dishes then you can get vegetarian or tofu, or go to McDonalds. It won't kill you like the chickens or cows. I worked in the restaurant/catering business many years ago so I know food considering we prepared a luncheon for Julia Child, James Beard, catered to other visiting celebrities as well as catered affairs where the prices ranged from $40 to $65 per person, and this was many years ago. For the price the food is excellent. For someone to say price does not matter just shows how naive and uneducated they are about the restaurant catering buisness. —RichieGuy


2016-06-16 11:48:12   Another new owner, so another slight increase in cost. We already noticed changes in the food (again), neither better or worse, just different. Another nice paint job, and another newly printed menu. It's one hell of a glossy booklet, so prices should be set for awhile (less they spend another small fortune reprinting). —URalum