Asian Box Opens on Mountain View's Castro Street

The healthy and fresh fast-food eatery offers hearty gluten-free options for under $10.

If there's one truism about Castro Street is that when one restaurant closes another one opens.

This is the case with Asian Box, which opened on Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 142 Castro St., and now occupies the space of the former Kitchen Table.

Asian Box, a fast and casual eatery, akin to the Mexican food-chain Chipotle, but with Asian street food options. So a really hungry patron arrives and orders options from the four different ingredient menus.

  • Step One: Choose from brown rice, jasmine rice, Asian salad or chilled rice noodles.
  • Step Two: Choose from six-spices blend chicken, lemongrass pork, glazed beef, tofu or shrimp.
  • Step Three: Choose the toppings.
  • Step Four: Choose from the sauces including tamarind vinaigrette, sriracha or a no-oil fish sauce.

The gluten-free recipes were created by Corporate Executive Chef Grace Nguyen—formerly of Charles Phan’s acclaimed Slanted Door and Out The Door. There are also some ready-made combinations inspired by the chefs.

New with the opening of the Mountain View location is a featured Asian Rib Night on Mondays, a Kid’s Menu and a limited selection of gluten-free wines and beers. Asian Box also stands out for its boxes made with high-quality, all-natural ingredients in earth-friendly packaging.

Its first restaurant, located at the Town and Country Village in Palo Alto, open in early 2012.



Where: 142 Castro Street
Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.
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Beatrice Karnes January 17, 2013 at 05:29 AM
You're making me so hungry!
Claudia Cruz January 17, 2013 at 06:10 PM
I'll definitely go back here! The food was quite good and there's so many combinations. I think they'll become very popular!
Laura Schu January 18, 2013 at 02:16 AM
oh good, I was hoping for an Asian restaurant on Castro St since we don't have any to chose from.
Claudia Cruz January 24, 2013 at 01:34 PM
Hee, hee! I know there are a lot, but I will say that this one is fast and healthier. Give it a try. I was surprised. What kind of cuisine do you think is missing? What would you like to have?


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