Durham >Food & Dining > Grasshopper Asian Kitchen
2002 Hillsborough Rd, Durham, NC | Directions 2770536.010624 -78.922568
Neighborhoods: Old West Durham
Nice Ambience but terrible food – Having recently moved from CA, I was thrilled to find a restaurant with a "Fusion" flair. The ambience at Grasshopper was good- small, cozy and intimate. I found the staff to be very friendly but sort of incompetent. We were a party of 4, and ordered 4 different dishes. I ordered the special Mahi Mahi with green curry which turned out to be absolutely dreadful. I'm used to eating hot food and also tasted a variety of green curry dishes but this was beyond just regular hot!! The chef put way too much pepper, and it didn't have any other flavor! TheThe Ahi Tuna was bland, with not much flavor and the other two dishes were just not too memorable. I'm sure this is a great place to get drinks to enjoy the ambience, but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who's looking to actually eat something worth the $$.
just average – The decor provides nice ambience, the food looks like it should be great, but instead is so-so. Our meals were salty/garlicy but lacked pizzaz.
Please do not waste your money here!! – I went to grasshopper this evening with 4 friends. Each of us ordered an entree. I can honestly say that not one of them was edible. Seriously.
I ordered "wheat noodles with vegetables and peanut sauce." I got a bowl full of noodles (which were definitely not wheat) covered in peanut butter...literally. The vegetables? Oh there was about 1/4 of a cup of chopped up bok choy under the noodles. That's it. There was no taste in this dish at all, and no vegetables!!! I have never eaten something so bland in my life. What a waste of money.
Nice idea but poor execution – Most of the food we sampled would not pass the quality standards at most "real" Asian restaurants - and we've pratically grown up in Asian restaurants, so we know. Steamed dumplings (we tried all on the menu) had gummy, undercooked wrappers. The pan-fried dumplings were OK, though. Noodles with peanut sauce were overcooked and bland - we had to douse them with soy sauce to make them edible. The roast pork was the only well-executed dish (except for the pairing with mustard, which totally overpowered the subtle taste of the meat). The flan was good, but the chocolate lava cake needs work (more like a brownie - no lava!). The service was friendly and efficient. Atmosphere was OK, and the restaurant has the potential to be a nice place to bring a group - but only if they really improve the food!
Unique food in a lovely setting – Grasshopper's got the coolest patio in town, hands down. The menu offers items one can't find anywhere else in town--a welcome addition to the Triangle scene. The food is inventive and delicious, and the servers couldn't be nicer.
Pathetic service, inedible food – My wife and I walk in. We are the only persons in the place. My wife orders hot tea, but they dont' bring her a tea cup. After neraly ten minutes of watching the waiter talk to the other waiter, I have to get up out of my seat and go ask for a cup. Then, it takes 40 minutes to bring us an order of dumplings, some green beans, and an order of spring rolls. The green beans were like rubber. No dipping sauce for the dumplings. No Asians in the kitchen. Just awful. Ambience cannot replace food and service in a restaurant.
So much potential, such poor execution – perfect atmosphere for Asian fusion, great looking menu....longer than anticipated wait, poor service at every turn and food that was so close to excellent. We went last night to try it out and were hopeful given Durham's lack of progressive Asian options. As you can see, we came away confused. The dumplings were fantastic, while the curry and chow mein, were just good, if a tad bit too salty. The service was not good at all, it took a long time to get a table, we waited at the bar for drinks for a long time, our food was slow and the check was slow. Worst of all, there was a funky garbage smell inside the main room (we at outside which was great).
We'll go back and see if a little time smooths out the wrinkles.
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