789 E Lancaster Ave, Villanova, PA | Directions 1908540.035455 -75.346332
Mon-Thu 11:30am-3pm and 5pm-10pm; Fri 11:30am-3pm and 5pm-11pm; Sat 5pm-11pm; Sun 11:30am-3pm and 5pm-9pm
Azie****Not Worth the Price or the Hype – Last week my wife and I decided to celebrate my 50th birthday at Azie on Main. We had heard mixed reviews, but my wife (being the sushi lover she is) wanted to try the restaurant. I also enjoy sushi, but not to the extent that she does. I looked at the online menu and decided that there were plenty of other choices besides sushi, so we took the chance. My wife and I both thought that the entire experience was uncommonly bad, especially for a restaurant that charges such high prices.
To begin with, the restaurant was almost impossible to find. We had to stop at a gas station to ask where it was. When we finally found it tucked away behind other buildings and next to a Staples, we were surprised that there was not a valet. We parked in the back, as there were no spots close to the entrance and shivered our wary into the establishment. We were greeted warmly by the hostess, who promptly sat us in the main dining area. The heat, coming from the vents was so oppressive, that we asked two different people who worked there if it could possibly be lowered. I never felt a change and was sweating throughout the evening.
The waiter was aloof at best and was nowhere to be found when we wanted to order a second round of drinks. The wine we originally ordered tasted like the bottle had been opened for days, possibly without a wine stopper to keep the air out. But again, our waiter was nowhere to be found, so we just settled on ice water for the rest of the night.
The pork dumpling appetizer was fair, but a better version could be found at almost any neighborhood Asian restaurant for half the price. After the appetizer, my wife's sushi was served to us at least ten minutes before my meal was ready. Oddly enough, the sushi was placed in front of me, even though I didn't order it. My wife also needed to ask for traditional sushi condiments such as wasabi and ginger, as the table only had a half filled, small bottle of soy sauce. By the time my meal arrived she was basically finished as I was starting. And to make matters worse, I found a hair on my dinner plate.
For dessert we had some type of fondue, which was lacking in substance. A few pieces of fruit and some marshmallows was a bit bare bones in my opinion. The only part of the restaurant we were impressed with was the decor. So if you want to sit in a fancy looking place and have sub par food with sub par service, then this place is for you. Otherwise, I would suggest going to Nectar or traveling into the city to Pod. Both of those places are also beautifully decorated, but the food and service are head and shoulders above what we received at Azie. I rarely complain or leave reviews, but I felt that I should warn my fellow culinary enthusiasts to bypass this place which is more smoke and mirrors than anything else. Had it not been my birthday, I probably would not have taken the time to write this review, but I felt the evening was ruined, when I was expecting something special.
Azie on Main on a Sunday – Went for a birthday dinner on a Sunday. Perhaps a younger crowd comes in on Fridays & Saturdays - this evening the place was less than half full at 7pm, with a predominantly well-to-do Main Line crowd. As for dining areas, there is a small room as you enter which seems less than ideal; the main room with booths along one wall and the sushi chefs and a counter along the other; another large room with a window, and yet another room beyond this that I did not see. We sat in the 3rd room in the corner by the window. The booths in the main room, while large enough for four, seem to be the best bet for two, as each booth has a bit of privacy and you can watch the sushi chefs working across the way as well. Had I known, we would have asked to be seated there. Note that when it is warm enough they have an outdoor area also.
For appetizers we ordered the Cream Cheese and Crab Spring Roll and Tropical Fruit Salad. The former was an obvious take on crab rangoons, with three somewhat petite spring rolls and apricot sauce. They were tasty, but without the typical dryness and toughness of a rangoon wanton. The fruit salad was a genuine fruit salad, as opposed to a salad with fruit, consisting of strawberries, raspberries, pineapple, blueberries, various melons, etc. We ordered a side of sweet french fries that were sweet potatoes, presumably baked, and covered with a sweet glaze. As tasty as these were I got a little tired of them as spuds after a while, perhaps for the lack of saltiness. For the entree I ordered the Pan Fried Halibut with zuchini tempura on top, all on a bed of lobster and cheese risotto. A portion sizable enough to fill you without over-filling you, and very tasty. I also ordered the Spicy Scallop Roll, which was good and fresh, but didn't taste of scallops per se, more like pretty much every other kind of sushi. My guest ordered and enjoyed the Sweet Potato Sushi, The Suzuki (Striped Bass), and the Asparagus roll, which was thickly packed with Asparagus, if that's your thing. We both shared the unconventional New Philly Roll, which is heavy on the Kobe beef rather than cream cheese, and in this way very different from your typical seafood based sushi. Some of the best sounding sushi were $20 a roll, which was disappointing, and our bill for all this came to over $100 with tip. We did not have dessert but the chocolate fondue did sound tempting. Overall a nice place, but for the price I'm a bit less excited about my experience there.
Sleek yet comfortable contemporary fine dining. – Sleek yet comfortable contemporary fine dining in the form of Asian seafood gives Villanova residents a destination for a sake martini, oysters, sashimi and fish entrees. New life has been breathed into the upstairs portion of the briefly famous destination known as Maia and that life arrives in the form of Azie on Main, the contemporary fine dining establishment brought to you by Win and Sutida Somboonsong, the owners of such suburban Asian staples as Azie, Mikado and Teikoku. With a menu focused on seafood, both cooked and raw, the Somboonsongs seize another opportunity chance to show off the freshest bounty of the sea, prepared in sight of the dining room by a team of sushi chefs and behind closed kitchen doors by cooks sautéing and broiling the fish to its maximum glory. With 250 seats, options abound for the business type impressing clients to the 30-something Main Liner out to celebrate her birthday, both of whom can sit on a nattily dressed terrace, a front-and-center two-top, a sideline booth, a secluded table in the slightly removed back section or at the table de grace: a communal slab of birch wood that dominates the space with its sheer hulk and the grass growing out of its center.
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