Full House Asian Bistro Review – The Newest Chinese and Sushi Restaurant at Kimball Junction
Full House Asian Bistro is the latest addition to the plethora of Asian restaurant options in Park City. Last time I checked, there are 11 restaurants in Park City that offer sushi as part of the menu, plus another handful of Asian inspired restaurants. So, when I saw that another Asian restaurant featuring sushi was opening up, I was skeptical as to what they could offer that the other 15 or so restaurants in town could not. Casey and I recently tried Full House for the first time, and we were pleasantly surprised. They may give some other restaurants in town a run for their money.
Full House is located at Kimball Junction in the Smith’s parking lot area, in the former location of Good Thymes. They have changed the look and feel of the building , but it still maintains the bright, open floorplan with large windows at the front of the restaurant. Full House has added a sushi bar at the rear of the restaurant, and a number of flat screen TV’s throughout. The warm colored artwork and wall colors make for an inviting atmosphere.
When Casey and I arrived at Full House, we were immediately greeted by the manager, as well as the sushi chefs, as we made our way to our table. We were seated in a comfortable booth in the back, next to the sushi bar. Water was brought out immediately, and our server greeted us warmly. We ended up having a few lengthy discussions with her throughout the meal, and she helped make our first experience at Full House an excellent one.
The menu at Full House centers on Chinese entrees, with a large variety of chicken, beef, pork, seafood and vegetable options. They also have Lo Mein, Fried Rice and Noodle soups. Typical dinner entrees are in the $9-$16 range, which is definitely a great deal in Park City. Full House also has a full sushi bar with a selection of rolls, sushi and sashimi, along with hand rolls and sushi combo platters. Most rolls are in the $7-$12 price range, which again is a good value for specialty sushi rolls in this town. For lunch, a full menu of Chinese Combo plates are available, which come with Crab Wontons, a choice of soup, and a choice of rice. These lunch combos are only $7-$8, which makes them competitive with the long-time local favorite lunch spot, Szechwan. These two restaurants are located only a few hundred yards apart, and they offer very similar lunch menus. Szechwan has been one of the best local’s lunch spots since 1989, but the competition for the Park City lunch crowd is about to heat up.
Casey and I began our meal with a cup of Wonton Soup, and a cup of Miso Soup (both $2). These soups were satisfying, but pretty much par for the course when it comes to soup – the flavors are simple, and they were served very hot. We then ordered the Tuna Crunch Peno Roll ($12) which features tuna and spicy mayo, with avocado, scallion, cream cheese, jalapeno and crunchy tempura. The roll came out very quickly, and we were both amazed by how large it was. This roll features 16 pieces! Wow, that is a value…many $18 rolls elsewhere in town only have about 8 pieces. I applaud Full House for offering a great value when it comes to sushi. I believe this is what will set them apart from other sushi offerings in town.
We also ordered a couple of their specialty entrees, which came out about the same time as our sushi roll. I would recommend spacing out your orders if you want to relax and enjoy multiple courses throughout the evening; the food at Full House tends to come out very quickly. For her entree, Casey went with the Slippery Shrimp ($16), based on the recommendation from our server, because it is their signature entree. This dish features lightly breaded shrimp in a spicy and sweet sauce, sauteed with ginger and garlic. Unlike a lot of other Chinese restaurants, Full House uses much less breading and more bold spices. This allows the flavors of the shrimp, along with the garlic and ginger, to come out more. I decided on the Crunch Beef ($14), after I had heard good things about it last week from a friend. I was pleasantly surprised as well. Again, the breading was minimal, and the orange and ginger flavors really came through. While these are not the healthiest choices on the menu, they are definitely tasty.
Casey and I thoroughly enjoyed our first experience at Full House. The staff was very friendly, and the food was excellent. We compared it to a restaurant in Salt Lake City called Asian Star, which is one of our favorite Chinese restaurants in the valley. The prices at Full House are reasonable for Park City, which is a big reason why we will be returning there next week. Despite the abundance of Asian and sushi restaurants in Park City, Full House manages to be unique and definitely worth checking out. If you are in the mood to try something new, go check out Full House. I am sure it will become very popular with the local Park City crowd this winter.
For more information and to check out their complete menu, see Full House Asian Bistro on Ski Town Restaurants.