Looking for a high-quality Asian dining experience? Well-crafted, authentic dishes await you at M Kitchen, a beautiful, upscale dining space located just north of Columbiana Centre Mall on Columbiana Drive.
A member of the M Group (Miyo’s, M Vista), this stunning Harbison restaurant is spacious, clean and fresh. The staff is unbelievably helpful and friendly (a signature trait of all M Group restaurants) and the food and drink is amazing – OMG.
The restaurant encircles a large bar where the bar staff tends to its customers with the greatest of ease, making everyone feel welcome and pouring and shaking their way through the evening with deft and experienced hands. Stop by at Happy Hour (Monday – Friday from 4pm – 7pm) and enjoy a $4 house martini, $4 sake, $3 imported beer including Asian beers (including Tsingtao!) and $2 domestic beers. You can order from the Happy Hour menu in the dining room and at the bar.
Love sushi? Me too. There isn’t any place in the Midlands as good as M Kitchen. Fresh, elegant and delicious. From sashimi to signature rolls, the sushi chef adds his spin and artistry to each creation. Try the Hawaiian roll, (Michelle’s favorite – tempura fried shrimp, coconut, mango, avocado, white cream sauce). On a recent visit, I tried the salmon nigiri… so fresh, cool and delicious!
The menu is extensive, and offers traditional Chinese and Japanese fare, as well as Michelle Wang’s (owner and chef) versions of traditional foods that she grew up on, in Shanghai, China. Her love of food dates back to her childhood, watching and helping her grandmother cook. Her grandmother shared what made her food so special – “Ginger, scallions and a very good rice wine.” Michelle’s love of family comes through in every dish that is served at M Kitchen. I had the honor of meeting the two house chefs on my visit. Chef Lee is from northern China and has a mastery of spicy and savory dishes (the restaurant actually waited to open until his arrival from China, just so they could have his skills running the kitchen when they opened!) Chef Yuan is from southern China and is a master at the grill with meats and inspiring meat-centered dishes like Meatballs and Rice Cakes. Both chefs also use Michelle’s recipes, and follow them accurately.
I shared some amazing dishes with Michelle and Parker, the new manager at Miyo’s Harbison (can’t wait to get there soon) and really, truly, all I can say is WOW. The pictures below are the dishes I sampled, and I would order any one of them in a heartbeat.
Did you know that there are 1000’s of soy sauces? I didn’t. And it’s important that a chef chooses the right-flavored soy sauce for each of the dishes she/he creates. A lot of soy sauce tasting goes into those decisions at M Kitchen.
I cannot say enough good things about M Kitchen. I highly encourage you to visit there soon and often. You’re going to LOVE it!