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All aboard the Asian flavour train!

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ERAWAN Cape Town 15 Wolfe St, Wyn­berg; 021 797 5000

With its beau­ti­ful decor, au­then­tic cui­sine and attentive staff, Erawan more than lives up to its ex­cel­lent rep­u­ta­tion. The dishes, cre­ated by chef Withun ‘Noom’ Promtu, in­clude starters like crispy duck pan­cakes (R198; serves two) and mains like stir-fried beef with oys­ter sauce (R103). And even if it isn’t an Asian dish, the choco­late mousse (R54) is rich and per­fect.

SOUTH CHINA DIM SUM BAR 289 Long St, CBD; 078 846 3656

If you’re af­ter a great vibe and a re­laxed at­mos­phere, this trendy Long Street spot is it, and what it lacks in size, it makes up for in flavour, thanks to chef Ed Hung and his team. Ex­pect de­li­cious of­fer­ings like veg­etable pot­stick­ers with nuoc cham sauce (R32) and prawn har gow (R40).

NOBU ONE&ONLY One&only, Dock Rd, V&A Wa­ter­front; 021 431 5111

Headed by the leg­endary chef Nobuyuki ‘Nobu’ Mat­suhisa, Nobu, with its in­ven­tive menu and su­per-lux­u­ri­ous set­ting, serves deca­dent Asian cui­sine with a mod­ern spin. Our sug­ges­tion: sam­ple a bit of ev­ery­thing with the eight-course tast­ing menu (R1 370 p/p with wagyu flambé).

YAM­ATO Joburg RED CHAM­BER Hyde Park Cor­ner, Jan Smuts Ave, Sand­ton; 011 325 6048

The sen­sa­tional Red Cham­ber has long been a favourite with shop­pers in this chic, sleek cen­tre, and its crim­son walls, dark fur­ni­ture and con­vivial at­mos­phere make it ideal for a hot date, a girls’ night out or a work gath­er­ing. The menu is made for shar­ing, but do try the sweet crispy sea­weed (R52) and Pek­ing duck (R320).

PRON (PEO­PLE’S RE­PUB­LIC OF NOO­DLES) 69 7th St, Lin­den; 011 782 1736

In ad­di­tion to own­ing the Red Cham­ber (above), the in­ven­tive Emma Chen has launched the fresh and fash­ion­able PRON, with a small, sim­ple menu in­spired by food she ate while grow­ing up in North China. Our favourites: the Chi­nese bread (R26) and noo­dles with duck leg (R95).

198 Ox­ford Rd, Illovo Muse, Illovo; 011 268 0511/2

There’s some­thing for ev­ery­one at this pop­u­lar, award-win­ning Ja­panese restau­rant, from the de­li­cious con­ven­tional salmon plat­ter (R210) to the more un­usual and equally tasty Ma­masan’s tofu steak (R55). Try the guilt-free green tea ice cream (R55) for a re­fresh­ing dessert.

GREEDY BUD­DHA 12 Palm Boule­vard, Gate­way, Umh­langa; 031 566 4383

Con­ve­nient and invit­ing, Greedy Bud­dha serves well-priced food in a cool lo­ca­tion. The ex­cel­lent menu in­cludes starters like mini steamed spicy duck buns (R39 for five) and mains like fresh Vietnamese salad (R49) with added flame-grilled chicken breast (R29). And for those with a sweet tooth, the cit­rus and co­conut par­fait (R35) is a lip-smack­ing con­clu­sion to it all.

GREEN MANGO Shop 51 and 52, Protea Mall, Light­house Rd, Umh­langa; 031 836 3680

Tra­di­tional Asian flavours meet a fes­tive mood at Green Mango. In ad­di­tion to sushi and cock­tails, the menu in­cludes starters like a tast­ing plat­ter for one (spring rolls, chicken sa­tay, cala­mari and won­tons; R74), mains like chicken cashew-nut wok (R92) and crispy duck (R138), and a host of hot new dishes. End on a scrumptious note with the deep-fried ice cream (R35).

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