You know that haughty sign they put up in a store which says “nice to look at, nice to hold, but if you break it consider it sold”? Today’s Groupon is beautiful to look at, a little difficult to hold, but once it’s in your mouth consider yourself sold. Challenge those chopsticks to a 38-piece sushi platter for R148 or a duck, spring rolls and chicken noodles meal for R99 at Empire Asian.
Set along Sea Point’s bustling main road, Empire Asian is a treasure trove of authentic Asian cuisine. In keeping with its name, The Empire Asian offers more than 20 kinds of Asian cuisine encompassing Chinese, Thai, Japanese and those little bite-sized rice bundles of pure joy known as sushi. Run by James, a professional chef for 15 years who trained to the highest level at one of Shanghai’s most famous culinary schools; the authenticity of Empire Asian’s food fused with the warm and welcoming ambiance of the restaurant attracts everybody from local Chinese to fussy foodies and international tourists.
Advise your appetite and get your chopsticks at the ready for a sushi platter that makes all others look like guppy grub. With James and his sushi chefs providing only the finest in modern sushi-architecture, this paradisiacal platter consists of four spring love rolls, four rock prawn rolls, four rainbow rolls, four salmon and avo rolls, eight maki (tuna and avo), four Nigiri (salmon, tuna, prawn, four sashimi (salmon and tuna) and six salmon roses.
If your appetite demands a well-rounded meal – fear not the hunger, because while you might feel you’re missing out with the sushi, this meal of tender duck, spring rolls and chicken noodles will quite happily fill that man-sized-meal crater in your tummy.
Side-served fact: The world’s most famous noodle architect took inspiration from a jewellery store where he shaped the noodles like gold necklaces and amethyst purses.