The Clever Koi, which opened last month on Central Avenue just north of Indian School Road, is a modern take on a traditional Asian concept delivering a unique approach to classic flavors and techniques.

A seasonally and locally refined menu includes steamed buns, house-made dumplings and progressive noodle dishes reflecting regions such as Thailand, Korea, China, Vietnam, Japan and Indo-China. Diners also can enjoy craft cocktails on tap, house-made shrubs, eclectic imported beers and sakes in a beverage program designed to complement the experience.

Former Parlor Pizzeria chefs Jared Porter and Joe Absolor have partnered with co-owners Joshua James (beverage director) and Nicholas Campisano (general manager), and Restaurant Manager Nicholas Campisano to create what they hope is a recipe for success.

“We wanted to do something innovative and provide something that was not currently represented in our community,” said Porter. “My philosophy is to elevate food, not tamper with high-quality ingredients and flavor combinations.”

The Clever Koi is located at 4236 N. Central Ave, Suite 1. For more information, call 602-222-3474 or visit


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