A melding of different cuisines in an upscale environment soon will be part of the Northwest Side dining scene.

A melding of different cuisines in an upscale environment soon will be part of the Northwest Side dining scene.

Blue Ginger, an Asian fusion restaurant offering sushi, Thai, Vietnamese and Chinese cuisines with a twist, will open at the end of July at 6234 Sawmill Road.

It will take over 2,500 square feet of space formerly occupied by the Fitness Experience. Blue Ginger will seat 70.
Owner David Zheng, who once operated the Asian Café in Reston, Va., said his new restaurant will use fresh ingredients but no artificial colors.

For example, the sweet and sour sauce will be made on premises with tomato, strawberries and mango. One ballyhooed dish will be the fire wok – shrimp, lobster tails and sea scallops with lemongrass and Thai curry. Most entrees will be in the $15 range.

Venky's Spice House, with a location in the Hilliard area, now has a spot near New Albany. The second store, 5597 N. Hamilton Road, will offer takeout meals, as well as Indian groceries. Look for dishes such as biryani, chicken tikka masala and somosa. Most menu items are in the $5 to $10 range. For more information, call 614-337-0009.

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