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Bamboo on 2nd

2212 2nd Ave. N. (22nd St. N.) Send to Phone
Bamboo on 2nd offers Asian-influenced dishes and sushi in downtown Birmingham.

Dinner Mon.-Sat.

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Bamboo on 2nd Restaurant Review

: The red-orange door sits beside a small, round window showing crossed metal chopsticks and the Japanese characters for the word “bamboo." Within, burlap draped from the ceiling is stenciled with Buddhist good fortune symbols. Excitement builds as the food begins to arrive --- crisp lumpia (Filipino egg rolls) and tender momos (Nepalese dumplings) in an Alabama tomato vinaigrette. Juicy lemongrass chicken skewers with honey Sriracha sauce. Ceviche-like tako salad tangles small chunks of octopus, cucumber, green onion, peanuts, mint and cilantro in sesame-ginger vinaigrette. Executive chef Abhi Sainju explains it brings together Thai and Japanese flavors with those of his native Nepal. His well-honed sushi skills show with a list of maki rolls. Popular Wham Bam Birmingham features tempura fried shrimp, avocado and cucumber, topped with seared salmon, wasabi aïoli and eel sauce. Ramen noodle bowls evoke blissful murmurs with rich broth, wheat noodles, carrot, bean sprouts, mushrooms and cilantro. Thukpa, a Tibetan noodle soup, is founded on a lighter chicken broth with rice noodles and various vegetables, and comes in a vegetarian version. Either may be topped with a choice of proteins or tofu. Bamboo has nicely selected wine, beer and saké lists. There are no desserts in house, but Rebecca Davis of Ono Ice is currently making her shaved ice creations there, and we highly recommend the mango-lime coconut.


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