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Mix Express Asian Bistro
1001 University Ave.
Las Cruces, NM
(575) 532-5553
Cost: $$
Hours: Closed Sun.
13 Japanese Tea: Ice Tea
Smoking: No Smoking
Best Item: California Roll
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9-Feb-05 1
The owners of Mix Pacific Rim Cuisine opened Mix Express in 2004, providing "Upscale, Oriental Food To Go." Mix Express does have several small tables available for eating on premises, but it gets quite crowded around noon time, especially with the University being located across the street. Mix Express has an exclusively Japanese menu, serving tempura, teriyaki, sushi, donburi, and yakisoba. The sushi menu is quite limited, with two of the three items being California rolls and a "chef's choice" of sushi items. I asked what the difference was between Express and the restaurant next door, and was told that Express was more "downscale" and at a lower price.

Having a lower price meant that my dining companion and I could sample several items, so I feel that I have a good sense of the food being served. An order of California Rolls turned out to be the best item--it was quite fresh with a good flavor. I don't generally like California rolls, but I thought this one was good.

An order of Tempura was mediocre--the vegetables were fresh but the batter was soft and did not have the flaky crust to which I am accustomed.

The Yakisoba was just off--the sauce didn't taste right and the vegetables were not that good. It was perfectly edible, but was just the poorest representation of yakisoba I've ever had.

Combined with the fact that the restaurant does not serve hot tea, it was just a pretty lousy Asian food experience (again, not bad food, just disappointing). While I might try some of the other Japanese dishes at Mix next door, I don't think I want to return to Mix Express.

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