Lunch at Gan Shan Station, Asheville

None of us had been to Gan Shan Station, but we’d all been wanting to go. We got our chance a couple of weeks ago.

The good news:

  • Gan Shan is a visually striking space that still let’s it’s inner gas station show in a cool, re-purposed way.
  • Service is attentive and friendly.
  • There’s a nice outdoor seating area.
  • Plenty of parking in their lot.

Gan Shan Station

 

Gan Shan Station

 

Gan Shan Station

If you like watching open-kitchen prep, watch the work happening in the front “bay” that opens onto the dining area.

Gan Shan Station

The other news: Three of the four dishes we ordered were pretty heavy on the salt. The fourth was a very tasty special, described as a kind of vegetable pancake topped with bacon and an egg. I believe they also serve this at Brunch? Order it if you can!

Gan Shan Station

There were eleven (11) items and three sides on the lunch menu. After a very good Ginger-Lime soda ($3.75), I ordered the Vietnamese Chicken Salad ($10) made with rice vermicelli, charred radicchio, fish sauce, cabbage, and pecans. It was okay, but after eating about two thirds, I waived the white flag.

Gan Shan Station

Gan Shan Station
Vietnamese Chicken Salad

Sis ordered Shui Jiao ($10). Choice of five meat or vegetable dumplings that were good enough that I’d order them next time.

Gan Shan Station

Our fourth had the Mapo Doufu ($12). If you like it hot, order this very spicy dish made with tofu, ground pork, chili oil, broad beans, and tree ear mushrooms. A vegetarian version is also available.

Gan Shan Station

There’s another restaurant in Asheville that uses a heavy hand when it comes to salt. A discussion among locals about the salt issue centered on Chefs that smoke enough to dull taste buds. I don’t know if either of the lead Gan Shan Chefs smoke, but someone with a fresh palate might be a good sounding board during recipe development?

All that being said, I’d go back and give it another try. And you should go, too, and decide for yourself. They’re a great addition to the neighborhood and we want them to be around for a good long time.

Gan Shan Station
143 Charlotte St
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 774-5280

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