The House of Hunan by Suen is where authentic Asian flavors come alive

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The House of Hunan menu never disappoints. From fresh sushi to a taste of Thailand, all things Asian cuisine are represented. (Photography: Benjamin Margalit)

By Laura Briedis

Named after the Chinese southern province famous for its spicy cuisine, the House of Hunan by Suen brings that same authentic Asian fare to Northeast Ohio.

And at the core of the dining experience is handcrafted sushi. Diners can sit at the sushi bar and watch the chef prepare inventive, fresh rolls. The extensive menu features more than 50 sushi rolls and assortments, including sashimi and futomaki.

“We have sushi happy hour, Monday through Thursday, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., featuring different selections of sushi rolls and the chef ’s choice of futomaki—all half price,” says Cheryl Suen, who, along with her husband, Chef Lawrence Suen, owns the restaurants in Fairlawn and Medina.

“These specials also are available in our dining room and bar.”

“Our expertly trained sushi chefs are so creative and put together different combinations of ingredients and sauces,” comments Cheryl.

“One of our most popular rolls is the Angry Dragon, filled with tempura crabmeat and shrimp, avocado, and cucumber, topped with spicy crab and a variety of sauces sprinkled with four kinds of tobiko.”

Asian and Thai Cuisine
A staple in the community for more than three decades, House of Hunan is always spicing up its menu selections and dining experience.

“We have seasonal specials to entice diners to try something different, especially since we have so many regulars who dine here weekly,” says Cheryl.

Last fall, the restaurant added Poke to its menu. Best described as deconstructed sushi, Poke is a Hawaiian-style sushi that is served in a bowl instead of wrapped in a roll. The House Poke features cubed seared tuna and salmon, along with avocado, cucumber, cilantro, edamame, masago, seaweed salad and crispy onions in a fruity ponzu sauce.

The menu is also replete with such favorites as pork lo mein, sweet and sour chicken, pad thai, red curry and chicken with peanut sauce.

“If you cannot decide what to order and you’d like to try a little bit of everything, the Bento Box provides a sampling of soup, salad, sushi and rice,” says Cheryl. “You can order it with pork cutlet, teriyaki chicken or salmon, tempura shrimp or vegetables.”

To complement its innovative cuisine, House of Hunan offers seasonal drinks. “We are now serving pumpkin spice martinis and apple cider mimosas for a fall flavor boost,” notes Cheryl.

Holidays Meals
Christmas Eve and Day are the two busiest days of the year at House of Hunan, as diners start making reservations in the fall. For many, it is a family tradition to dine at the restaurant and savor the Peking Duck, served with Chinese pancakes, scallions and plum sauce.

The restaurants also host private parties for family get-togethers, special occasions and corporate events.

“Our private back room in Fairlawn and our reserved space in Medina are the perfect venues for holiday parties,” notes Cheryl. “We can also cater off-site parties, whether at your home or office, and customize a menu, including made-to-order sushi, for your special event.”

House of Hunan by Suen is located at 2717 West Market Street in Fairlawn and 18 Public Square in Medina. Call 330-864- 8215 (Fairlawn) or 330-722-1899 (Medina) for restaurant reservations and takeout orders, or visit Dining hours are Monday-Thursday, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for lunch and 4:00 to 9:30 p.m. for dinner; Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for lunch and 4:00 to 10:30 p.m. for dinner; Saturday, noon to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 9:30 p.m. The dinner menu is served all day on Saturdays and Sundays.