Happy Holidays!!! God, how american am I????
Mr Geek and I kicked off the festivities a few weeks ago with our first ever Jingle and Mingle holiday party at the penthouse. We invited along a whole host of our buddies to enjoy a great night of booze, boogieing and baked goods.
With the last of our party goers leaving at 4am come Sunday afternoon I was in no condition to call myself a member of the human race.
And what do we do when we are in a fragile state? Grab two of our best buds and head for some chinese food of course!
Given that we hadn’t yet visited newly opened Asiama on St Georges Road we decided that this would be a good place to try to restore our humanity and revive our broken booze addled souls
Until recently you may have known this spot as Asia Style but a few month back all of a sudden over night it was called Asiama, I have no idea if this is a rebrand or new owners but either way we were keen to try it.
The decor inside Asiama is nondescript at best….so much so that I forgot to take pictures. This restaurant isn’t about luxury and style, it is all about ordering food in a clean functional environment, eating it and leaving. Genuinely the only feature which stuck out to me in any way was the roast ducks hanging in a little window which looks into the kitchen, other than that nothing really caught my attention.
The staff were attentive, not overly friendly but never made us feel unwelcome. They were very helpful in clarifying dishes for us and when we wanted to order a whole roast duck our waitress talked us out of it as she thought we had ordered enough…which is great. Too often restaurants will let you over order without saying a word.
The menu was interesting enough, although smaller than we have come to expect in Chinese/Malaysian restaurants. We decided to just bypass the starters and jump straight into the mains. There were a few dishes which caught our attention and we set about ordering 5 dishes to share between 4 of us.
Let me run through them for you.
Malaysian Style Beef Curry – This was definitely the surprise hit of the night. We ordered this not really knowing what to expect. It was delicious and so moreish, the sauce was lightly spiced and slightly aromatic. The beef plentiful and tender. In all honestly we probably could have easily eaten two portions of this.
Salt and Chilli Chicken – This is one of my favourite chinese dishes. This version was flavourful and just hot enough for me, the chicken stayed relatively moist and the coating was crunchy and crisp. A nice version of this classic chinese dish (went well with the Malaysian curry sauce) I would order again for sure.
Chicken in Green Pepper and Black Bean Sauce – this was a lovely little dish loaded with heaps of well cooked chicken and peppers. The sauce had a really great depth of flavour which left me craving more in the way that only a black bean sauce can.
Sichuan Char Sui – Another dish packed full of char sui, onions and peppers. The meat was cooked well and the sauce was light, tangy and offered just a hint of heat. I would definitely order this again.
Half Chinese Roast Duck – Probably the tables least favourite dish, we actually left about 1/3 of it because it just wasn’t interesting. The duck was tender enough but incredibly fatty and the skin wasn’t as crispy as I normally like it. Wasn’t really overly excited about this at all.
We threw into the mix a few portions of rice and chips which were nothing exciting or exceptional, they were just chips and rice.
To top all this off we were presented with 4 free pork dim sum towards the end of the meal. I am assured by my buddy Austen they were 100% authentic. They were delicious and I did enjoy it but I think by the time they were presented I was so full that I couldn’t properly appreciate them.
Price wise it worked out at £59 that included I think about 7 or 8 soft drinks. At that price you can’t really fault the food that we got.
Is it better than say Asian Gourmet or Ka Ka Lok? No, but I would say for that style of no frills chinese dining it certainly holds its own alongside these restaurants. I very much enjoyed the food and the company and will more than lightly go back again soon.