Let’s just clear the air: it may be a bit difficult to get into Asoka, but once you’re in, then all the prior planning and hassle you underwent will be well worth it. The starters come in the form of really tiny tapas, so order many of those if you’re in a large group (I’d recommend the platter selection to share while you wait for mains – it starts at R85 per head for a minimum of 10 people). The charming interior that bears obvious Buddhist/Asian influences sets the scene for an eventful evening of indulgence. Lighting was really set down which proved to be a bit of a problem with those who wore glasses, but I can see how it adds to the charisma of the place. I absolutely fell in love with the beautifully lit tree in the middle of the room, though! Expect an ambience that is young yet laid-back with deep house beats playing in the background.
Order their goat’s cheese balls, deep fried calamari & prawn tempura for starters, & the glazed teriyaki fillet is an absolute must-try! I ordered my beef fillet medium-rare, & that’s exactly how it came. As for dessert? Order all 3 options on their menu and share them among friends!
I went on a Saturday, but I’ve heard that special nights are Tuesdays & Thursdays when you can catch live jazz sessions. For more info on that, please check out the Asoka Bar Facebook page.
Still not convinced you should give it a try? Asoka Bar has been featured as one the World’s 50 best bars, so if you’re a Cape Town resident who is still reluctant to visit the restaurant/lounge, then you are simply not forgiven!
Check out their website here if you’d like to browse through their gallery & menus.