I've been writing some reviews lately over at yelp.com. It's a great site and I'm getting great tips on where (and where not) to eat. There's a forum section where yelpers can ask and answer questions about Kansas City. Recently, someone posed the following question:
"What is your favorite Asian Place... Indian, Thai, Korean, Japanese and Chinese."
My favorite type of Asian food is Vietnamese. I think Mr. Le's does a pretty good job with that, and I love Sung Son's combination of good, relatively inexpensive lunches with gorgeous atmosphere.
I think Swagat at Zona Rosa is great for Indian food - their lunch buffet is really good, and the regular menu is great, too.
For Japanese, I'm all about the sushi. I loves me some Sakura sushi train. I think Domo in Westport has some delicious, if a tad overpriced sushi, but I really love their salmon teriyaki bento box. The single best piece of Salmon nigiri I ever had was at Styx in the Legends shopping center, of all places. The temperature of the fish was perfect, and the rice was seasoned just right. I've only been there once, and it was more expensive than I like, but it was suprisingly good. Mr. Le's, in addition to having great Vietnamese, has better than average (and hella-affordable) sushi.
I don't go for Thai much, but a couple times a year I CRAVE the galangal soup from Thai Place. That stuff is sent straight from the heavens.
I don't think I've had Korean food... someone give me some recommendations.
As for Chinese, I'm a sucker for Bo Lings. The atmosphere at the Board of Trade location reminds me of an airport lounge, and so it always makes me think I'm on vacation. The Zona Rosa location is much more open and brighter, but still warm and comfortable. I really like the Hunan Chicken. I did Dim Sum once about a year ago at the Metcalf location and had a great time. Maybe one day they'll bring it to the Zona Rosa location - I'm far too lazy on Sunday mornings to want to drive a ways for brunch.