Inside Asian Town, Kalaghoda | All The Deets
The influence of oriental food in the city is increasing at an exponential rate, with at least one new restaurant opening every week. Asian Town in Kala Ghoda is the latest addition to this trend, but what caught our eye was that it also flaunts a heady liquor menu. As sushi and tipple lovers ourselves, we had to check this place out and bring you all the deets!
Asian Town is located at Rampart Row, trying to make its presence felt amongst the many popular outlets around it. Wooden steps led us to a massive floor that’s dimly lit and has comfortable, plush interiors. Apart from the exotic bar at Asian Town, the origami hung at the entrance and the colourful Buddha wall art is sure to catch your eye.
As we went through their extensive menu that’s heavy with authentic and fusion food inspired from East Asia, the server helped us pick a few recommendations.
While we were waiting for our food to arrive, the head bartender Vikesh suggested we behold the dramatic making of our drinks. With great expertise, Vikesh fixed us the Smoked Asian Jazz and Fireball Old-Fashioned. Both the cocktails included theatrics of course. The former had floral notes with a smoky aftertaste and a sour tinge of Balsamic vinegar that balanced out the gin. The latter caught us off guard with its strong liquor, but we’d say the fruity flavours of orange peel and cherry may grow on you after a while.
Vikesh then made a mocktail called Kaffir Blast that won us over. The sourness of kaffir lime was balanced out by sweet tonic, while the tangerine wedges and mint made for an unforgettable flavour. The October heat probably made it stand out even more!
Our sushi boat arrived first, adorned with the three rolls we’d chosen from the vast selection. We loved how they served it in an actual wooden tray that was shaped like a boat with nine pretty rolls, wasabi and soy dip. Our first choice was the Crunch which had flavoursome tuna topped with crunchy seaweed, and it quite evidently lived up to its name. Next was the Delphi-Cado with salmon and avocado but we think it may have fallen a little flat. We wanted to try one of their vegetarian rolls as well so opted for the Shiitake Soy that carried a dot of salty cheese on top, making it a creamy and decadent experience.
After the subtle nuances of the sushi, we delved into the cheesy and crunchy deliciousness of the Cheddar Popiah Rolls. Wrapped in wonton strips, these slim rolls were fried to crispy perfection and served with a spicy dip. It’s hard to stop at just one, so we didn’t.
Next up was Char Grilled Kai Yang, a dish that was described as Thai street style chicken skewers on the menu. It was disappointing when they served us a fried version of chicken skewers instead. Needless to say, skip this one.
We finally reached my favourite bit, the dim sum! We picked the Gyoza and Po-Chi Du from the many options. The former was lightly pan-fried and contained wild mushrooms, a tad bland for my liking, but the creamy texture was a good saviour. Po-Chi Du on the other hand was quite the opposite, the steamed dim sums were stuffed with chicken and dunked in a generous portion of chilli and coriander sauce. The juicy blend of steamed chicken and chilli with coriander made the latter a clear winner amongst the two.
Though we could barely eat another morsel, trying the ramen and laksa was a must. As soon as the server placed the Prawns with Singaporean Laksa on our table, the aroma of coconut and spices wafted across the plate. Along with prawns, this thick orange curry was served with eggs, sprouts, spinach, coriander and fat noodles. The thick curry had a creamy and divine texture that could only be defined as soul food. This one’s a hearty portion, so if you’re the kind that hates wasting, order with care.
The Chicken Miso Ramen was the last dish on our radar. Contradicting the laksa, the Miso Ramen was a lighter yet wholesome meal. The clear soy soup had egg, green onions, sprouts, carrot and chicken. We loved how the flavour of soy wasn’t too overpowering and the way the salty chicken broth balanced the bland veggies and egg. A healthier option for Asian food lovers, but we’ve surely tasted better.
Overall, we think Asian Town needs to up their game because their cuisine is served at fifty better restaurants in the city. We did experience a few hits, but the lengthy options may have led to the many misses. This gastropub has a number of neighbourhood bars and cafes to compete with as well, yet their focus on detail could help them stand out.
Though we might just go back for the Singaporean Laksa and Kaffir Blast, there’s much room for improvement.