I wouldn’t say that I am a complete foodie, but I am one for adventure and exploring new tastes and cultures.
Simply Asia is home to Thai food with a very promising noodle bar. They have dishes incorporated with different flavours blending in well together; sweet, savoury and tangy. The food is absolutely tantalising for your taste buds.
It took me quite some time to settle on what I wanted. I was unsure of what protein I wanted and that’s the great thing about the establishment. They don’t just offer you the usual chicken and beef only. Instead, they have a variety; Veg, Prawn, Pork and Duck. The price depends on the type of dish you order and the protein you choose.
I had the Thai Yellow Chicken (AKA 316 on the menu), which is a chicken dish served on a bed of jasmine rice. Jasmine rice has a distinct flavour. It’s starchy, but sweet and very aromatic. It is more of an acquired taste. The chicken was divine, the skin was crisp and the meat itself was well done (no fear of salmonella poisoning there). The great thing about this dish is the blend of five different flavours (sweet, sour, bitter, spicy and hot), making it unusual but in perfect balance.
Since it was a family dinner, I had the liberty of getting my hands on a noodle dish, specifically the Roasted Chilli Paste and Cashew Nut Noodles (514). The reason why I did not order this dish was because I am not a fan of cashew nuts, but trust me, the regret settled in soon after I tasted it. The flavouring was incredibly tantalising. It made use of the Thai Big Five again. With this dish you get to choose the level of spiciness. Don’t get me wrong, my dish was great but the added spiciness of this dish appealed to me a lot more than the yellow curry did. Might I add that the portion was quite big.
The Rosebank outlet is quite small, so there isn’t much for ambience, but the service is quite commendable. The waiters are definitely worth that 10% tip, because the food is served on time and they provide exceptionally friendly service.
Whether you’re looking to have a go at a little taste adventure or just to indulge in a good noodle dish, then Simply Asia would appeal to you. It might become an absolute favourite.
Article by Megan Govender (Insta)