G spots [ Orient express]
All aboard the Asian flavour train!
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).