When you're craving Asian food, Windsor is the perfect destination, rich with choices. Located just off Highway 101 between Healdsburg and Santa Rosa in Sonoma County, the town boasts a variety of restaurants showcasing Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, and the Indian flavors of south Asia.
Enjoy beloved classic dishes like tikka masala, vindaloo, chyan, and saag at the Himalayan Restaurant (810 McClelland Drive, Windsor, 707-838-6746).
Chef-owner Rabin Dhoj Lama presents an expansive menu ranging across Nepal and South Asia, with a few California twists like a Sonoma salad of mozzarella, avocado, and tomato, or ginger-marinated salmon kabobs.
For two particularly toothsome dishes, lamb makhani brings the tender meat bathed in thick, buttery gravy, while chicken chyau is cooked in mushrooms and rich tomato sauce.
A local favorite for many, the family owned and operated Tomi Thai (426 Emily Rose Circle, Windsor, 707-836-1422) offers classic Thai food with vegetarian and vegan options, and a selection of local wines. The dining room is relatively cozy (small), so get there early or expect to wait.
“Umé” (pronounced “oo – may”) is Japanese for plum, which is associated with the start of spring, signifying new beginnings. Umé Japanese Bistro (8710 Old Redwood Highway, Windsor, 707-838-6700) represented a new beginning when it was founded in 2005. Its master chefs use the freshest premium-grade fish to create artful sushi and sashimi. The menu also includes non-sushi dishes, like grilled steak and fish, tempura, and eclectic appetizers from the “Umé Favorites” section.
In honor of their 85-year-old Grandma Qimura, this restaurant owned by her grandchildren features her fabulous recipes, developed over decades of cooking for her family and her customers. Qimura Japanese Restaurant (8960 Brooks Road South, Windsor, 707-836-1699) offers a wide variety of shusi, ramen, don, and Chirashi bowls.
Find your favorite Chinese dishes at the family-style Yinkeng Restaurant (8840 Lakewood Drive, Windsor, 707-838-2101). Signature dishes include Roast Duck and the Sizzling Seafood Platter.