First peek: Behold Mary Nguyen's Street Kitchen Asian Bistro

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Lori Midson
Street Kitchen Asian Bistro owner and executive chef Mary Nguyen
Street Kitchen Asian Bistro, the first brick-and-mortar to open in the Vallagio at Inverness (Russo's Kitchen + Tavern and a second Marco's Coal-Fired Pizzeria will open in the same development in February), is Mary Nguyen's second restaurant (her first is Parallel Seventeen in Uptown), but just two days after opening the doors, Nguyen, her staff and kitchen comrades have seamlessly woven their way into the suburban fabric, turning out inspired Asian cuisine that draws from Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, China and Malaysia.

"We just kind of opened the doors quietly, but we've been really busy, and I'm super happy about being down south," says Nguyen, who opened on Tuesday. "I've been talking to a lot of the customers that have come in, and they're all telling me that this area needs more independent restaurants."

After a marathon dinner last night, at which we greedily grazed from Nguyen's menus, one of which is solely devoted to Asian street food and sushi rolls, we're keeping our fingers crossed that this is just the beginning of more -- much more -- to come from Nguyen, who can cook her ass off.

A scroll through our pictorial essay should convince you of the same.

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Lori Midson
Rice paper roll brimming with sashimi grade tuna, avocado slices, cucumbers, leaves of red leaf lettuce, slivers of green onion and thin stalks of tempura-fried asparagus. The dipping sauce, a mix of sweet soy, aioli and shichimi togarashi, a Japanese seven-spice blend, should be bottled and auctioned off to the highest bidder.

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Lori Midson
From the street food menu, which parades, among other things, dim sum -- ginger-scented, chicken-stuffed siu mai

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Lori Midson
Fresh -- not frozen -- pork- and shrimp-studded Shanghai soup dumplings dribbling with juice.

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Lori Midson
Shatteringly crisp rangoons, parceled with blue lump crab meat, goat cheese and cream cheese and sided with a ginger-pear sauce.

Location Info

Street Kitchen Asian Bistro

10111 Inverness Main St., Englewood, CO

Category: Restaurant

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BLW
BLW

I just spent over $50 to try what I thought would be awesome SEast Asian cuisine. Not! So disappointed and insulted as a Malaysian that they would call the dishes I tried Malaysian food. Defintely not worth all the positive reviews. You can get better, and cheaper, fare on Federal and Alameda at any of the Asian restaurants there.

Kathy Dfs
Kathy Dfs

We love P-17 and live very close. I am sure her new place is fabulous. Mary knows how to cook - that's for sure. All the best Mary! - Love, Andy and Kathy Bacon

Jackie W.
Jackie W.

Wow!!!!! I think I have eaten everything on the menu! I going back! It was ridiculously awesome!

smiliegirl0
smiliegirl0

I CANNOT WAIT! If this place is anything like P17, it will be AMAZING. The burbs desperately needed a place like this!!

DesignLassie
DesignLassie

This description of the "okonomiyaki" is hilarious. But we decided to try it anyway and —while the slightly unflattering narrative of its appearance is pretty accurate— this unusual dish is truly AMAZING! Give it a shot... you won't be disappointed.

Loved the original takes on the classics... both of the STK originals we tried were to die for— think one was called a Big-O Kushi...(something or other) Sushi Roll.

We went with a group so we followed their advice and did the whole dim sum thing —try a bunch of the dishes off the little mark-your-own-order-menu— and it worked out so that we could all try most everything.

If you can, sit where you can see the open kitchen... very cool to watch the preparations in action.

KellyT
KellyT

Incredibly delicious, you cannot go wrong with whatever you choose to order! This place is a crowd favorite! I crave the food daily!

Carly
Carly

I checked it out during a lunch for P17 staff, friends, etc. in addition to lunch during the soft opening.

Loved the veggie ramen and eggplant tempura. The rangoons are a great take on an ordinary Chinese appetizer. And the menu is huge! I still have some exploring to do.

memesometimes
memesometimes

I don't know who wrote the captions to these pics, but it doesn't hide that fact that this "Asian Street" food is for the unadventurous.

Chris B
Chris B

I ate there on their first night open. It was AWESOME!

Fletch
Fletch

I just ate there after hearing it was open. Face-meltingly awesome!!!

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