All you people in Gilbert, don’t worry, you don’t have much more of a wait. We hear that Clever Koi is hoping to be open the beginning of June and that the space will be bigger than it’s Phoenix counterpart with 40 more seats and a new design. I’ll keep you posted on all those details as I hear them! In the meantime, let’s chat about the new seasonal items they’re bringing out. It may still be winter, but here in the Valley of the Sun the flowers are blooming, the weather is warming and spring is in the air. So it’s the perfect time for Clever Koi to roll out its new seasonal menu brimming with exotic Asian flavors and house-made sauces and marinades, combined with the finest, locally-sourced and farm-fresh ingredients. “This new menu really represents the culmination of everything we learned since opening Clever Koi two years ago,” says Chef/Owner, Jared Porter. “We’ve kept all the favorites, but also expanded our selection of small plates, noodles, dumplings and steamed buns to include some unique new flavors. In other words, now that people are familiar with the food, we wanted to up our game by offering them recognizable dishes, but with all-new ingredients or even common ingredients that are prepared in a way they’ve never seen before.”
Take the humble vegetable, for example. Most restaurants’ these days are obsessed with showing off their commitment to simplicity, say, by simply steaming a fresh-plucked carrot to preserve its honest flavor. However, at Clever Koi, the veggies have to stand up to the bold Asian spices and fiery cooking methods. So here the humble beet is cooked char sui (or open-flame fork roasted) to open up the naturally sweet, earthy flavors, then it’s topped with silky smooth miso-celery puree and crunchy peanuts. And oh-by-the-way, all of that are just the sides for the new Peking Duck Croquettes small plate dish. All new menu items are listed below, including additional standouts such as the Tuna Chips and Ahi Crudo with Wasabi Guacamole; Pig Face Dumplings paired with kimchee, house-made Sriracha and house-picked peppers; crave-able Duck Curry Noodles; zesty Lemon Pepper Ramen; and the to-die-for Banana Fritters dessert.
Clever Koi 2016 Spring Menu
Peking Duck Croquettes / Char Siu Beets / Miso Celery Root Puree / Peanuts
Teriyaki Short Rib / Apple & Daikon Kimchi / Gremolata
Tuna Chips / Ahi Crudo / Wasabi Guacamole / Rice Paper / Aioli
Calamari Fries / Yuzu Aioli / Mint / Furikake
Pork Belly / Hoisin / Peanuts / Cilantro
Chicken & Waffle / Kimchi Waffle / Chili Maple / Scallion
Soft Shell Crab / Fish Sauce Aioli / Cucumber Slaw / Black Sesame
Pig Face / Kimchi / Sriracha / Pickled Peppers
Short Rib / Pickled Onions / Celery Leaf Salad / Shiitake Dashi / Porcini Oil
Shrimp & Scallop / Crispy Rice / Asian Pear / Celery Root / Fish Sauce Caramel
Kimchi Fried Rice (pictured w/ Duck added) / Egg / Edamame / Furikake
“Angry Hen”-1/2 Rotisserie Cornish Hen / Spicy Thai Glaze / Apple & Pear Relish
Pork Ramen- Pork Belly / Kimchi / Bamboo Shoots / Soft Egg
Lemon Pepper Chicken Ramen- Crispy Thigh / Daikon / Szechuan Peppercorn / Pickled Leeks / Lemon Jam
Spicy Seafood Hot Pot- Shrimp / Calamari / Scallops / Mussels / Cilantro / Scallion / Lime
Duck Curry- Roasted Potato / Pickled Peppers / Peanuts / Cilantro
Banana Fritters / Five Spice Sugar / Miso Caramel
When: Clever Koi’s new menu is available now; Monday – Thursday for lunch (11am-3pm) and dinner (3-9pm); Friday & Saturday for lunch (11am-3pm) and dinner (3-11pm)!
Where: Clever Koi
4236 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85012