Takeout for under $25 at Asheville’s China Taste

Asheville has long cried loudly for a great New York style Chinese takeout restaurant. A few years ago, China Taste appeared in a small strip mall location off State Street in West Asheville to try to fill that void.

State Street spans from Haywood Road to Amboy Road, a commuter thoroughfare from the RAD and South to the westside. It’s an ideal location for easy dinner pickup, especially since China Taste’s delivery only runs in a 3-mile radius.

No, this is not a new take on Chinese food. But what the restaurant offers is focused mainly on delivery and takeout with a quick turnaround time, a concept most will readily buy into.

China Taste is located on State Street in West Asheville. Featured above is their Moo Shu Pork, Fried Rice, Fried Dumplings, and Duck sauce.

China Taste’s menu covers virtually any classic Chinese takeout dish most have heard of. I grabbed a paper copy of the menu, which lists 107 items, not including five other subsidiary menus, including chef’s specials and hibachi dinners. All in, you’re looking at more than 150 choices.

Google China Taste and you’ll find two different websites. Both are for the same restaurant, but appear to facilitate different online ordering platforms. The one I chose was easy to use, lets you scan the whole menu and even add a tip onto the tab. The only thing it didn’t seem to let you do was pay. It wasn’t a deal breaker for me, but it would have quickened the process and upped the convenience.

China Taste is located on State Street in West Asheville. Featured above is their Hot and Sour Soup.

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Otherwise, quick defines China Taste. I was given an order time of 15 minutes and my food was being bagged as I walked in exactly 15 minutes later. In the small narrow space China Taste occupies, customers walk up to a counter and a wall of plexiglass.

The plastic divider spanned vertically from counter to ceiling and sideways from wall to wall. A small door cut and hinged in the plexi partition suggests cash is preferred, which might explain why the website doesn’t take payment. Regardless, I slid my credit card through the tiny door, which was accepted with a nod.

China Taste is located on State Street in West Asheville. Featured above is their Moo Shu Pork, Fried Rice, Fried Dumplings, Hot and Sour Soup, Spring Roll, and Duck sauce.

Once I paid, a dumbwaiter-style box door opened on the staff side of the counter, and my bag was placed inside. Lift the box handle on your side, grab your bag and you’re done. Is that contactless? If it hadn’t been for one other customer who came in behind me, the only interaction would have been with someone behind a wall of plastic. That’s close enough.