The original Gan Shan Station is a gas station turned Asian cuisine hot spot. The chefs bought the building after the previous owner died in 2010, following the gas station's 70-year run in the Asheville community. "Gan Shan" means "Sunset Mountain," in honor of the mountain that sits above the Asheville restaurant. "Station" pays respect to the building's former identity. Now with two locations in Asheville, Gan Shan Station is known for its inventive locally-sourced menu serving delicious Asian dishes that change with the seasons. Gan Shan is a laid-back, community-oriented restaurant that strives to serve good food and nourish its guests.
Menu items constantly evolve based on the local growing season, the seafood market, and more. Gan Shan offers weekly lunch and dinner specials that are always changing. For small plates, start off with the house-made dumplings, which are available with either meat or vegetables. You can also get your dumplings in soup! As an appetizer, you may want to try the Thai wraps, which come with crispy rice salad, Thai sausage, charred scallion and tamarind dressing, napa cabbage, ginger, and peanuts.
Many of Gan Shan's main courses are noodle-based. The drunken noodles come with black bean chicken, basil, pepper, pineapple, peanuts, and oyster sauce. Your drunken noodles can also be vegetarian. In that case, they come with fresh rice noodles, tofu, pineapple, seasonal vegetables, peanuts, and a special Gan Shan "tasty sauce." If you're not in the mood for noodles, that's ok. Try the Kung Pao Chicken, which comes with chilis, fresh red Szechuan peppercorns, spinach, Japanese eggplant, peanuts, and short-grain rice.
For $55, book your seat at the Chef's Table. You'll receive a custom combination of food from both on and off the menu. Plus, you'll be able to interact with the chefs and watch your food being prepared. Be sure to make a reservation at least 48 hours in advance.
As mentioned earlier, the menu frequently changes, and Gan Shan offers new specials each week. Contact them ahead of time to learn about the current menu or to see if anything has changed.
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