Momo Soko, Jo’burg
Following the success of sister venue Momo Baohaus, Momo Soko brings modern Asian streetfood to Illovo in the form of bao buns, soko skewers, ‘Momo’ bowls and the ever-on-trend poke bowls. Ambience and service punch above their weight.
Started as a rebellion against what most people see as Chinese takeaways, you won’t find any deep-frying, cheap sweet-and-sour sauce or MSG at PRON (People’s Republic of Noodles). Rather, it features deliciously fresh items such as owner Emma Chen’s cold noodle bowl with pressed tofu, garlic and coriander.
011 782 1736
Set in Mad Giant Brewery in the heart of Jo’burg, Urbanologi lives up to its name. Inspired by Asian street-food culture, chef Angelo Scirocco serves what he calls ‘urban garde cuisine’. Think Kushiyaki (skewered grilled pork) and teriyaki all presented in small plates intended for sharing – which is not easy when food is this good.
Shio, Cape Town
The latest offering from Cheyne Morrisby (of Lucky Bao in Hout Bay), Shio sees the chef concentrate on Japanese influences. Dine al fresco on the cobbled streets of De Waterkant, while enjoying Asian-style tapas like the Chili Salt Squid or Yellowtail Sashimi. Perfect for date night.
Three Wise Monkeys, Cape Town
Situated in Seapoint’s buzzing Regent Road, this spot serves up some of the best ramen in town. Although the offering is simple – with the ramen you have the options of chicken, shortrib, or veggies – there is a reason why it has become so popular with locals. They don’t take bookings, so show up early if you don’t want to miss out.
021 433 1837
The Wok Box, Durban
With its rustic decor and casual atmosphere, the Wok Box is the perfect place to grab some Thai food in laid-back Durban. Try the Beach Salad (chicken, prawn, calamari and spinach coated in chilli jam ) or the honey-glazed chicken with noodles.
031 564 2939
For more foodspiration, let House & Garden Gourmet Editor Bernadette le Roux take you with her to Japan.
Photography Annalize Nel, Aubrey Jonsson