The traditional method for preparing sushi requires slices of raw fish to be held over unlit fires in order to secure that signature “uncooked” flavor. Explore such innovative foodsmithing with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of Asian-fusion cuisine and drinks at Asian Spice, located in Chinatown.
With a menu spanning Asian borders and cultures, Asian Spice offers diners a continental conglomeration of flavors. While sushi is the restaurant's specialty, the full menu features dishes from Bombay to Beijing, including somosas ($8) and thai lamb kabob ($12) to launch epicurean epics. Under the glow of romantic blue and purple lighting, Asian Spice beckons sushi suitors with nourishing nigiri, sashimi, maki, and a hearty interest in drag racing. No-frills nigiri options, such as the fly fish roe ($5.50), transform trays into colorful canvases alongside california rolls ($5.50) and spicy crunchy tuna ($7.50). Entrees feature lamb, steak, chicken, duck, and seafood and are arranged on the bill of fare with an attention to spiciness. Reservations are required.
Zagat rated the food and décor at Asian Spice "very good to excellent." The Washington Post also reviewed the restaurant. Open Table reviewers give Asian Spice an average of 3.9 stars, and nearly 100 Yelpers give it an average of 3.5 stars.
- Raise the red lantern for this “creative” Chinatown Pan-Asian, a “quiet respite” that’s “not on the beaten path . . . just yet”; but that may change, since a “diverse” clientele applauds its “friendly” staff, “great” patio and “reasonable prices” for “delicately” prepared and “playfully” named offerings that “run the gamut” from Chinese to Malaysian and “start out hot and only get hotter.” – Zagat
- If it comes with an Asian accent, it's likely to surface at the snazzy Asian Spice – Tom Sietsema, The Washington Post
Ask the chefs at Asian Spice about their countries of origin, and you'll hear tales of pristine beaches in Thailand, emerald mountains in Vietnam, and sleek cities in Japan. These chefs pull from their diverse culinary traditions to create a pan-Asian menu, folding fresh fish, tender duck, and juicy lamb into dishes from across Asia. Pots of Indian, Thai, and Malaysian curry simmer on stovetops, as chefs grill Korean barbeque and tender Laotian steak. They also plate lump crab cakes alongside Asian slaw and spicy remoulade, a locally inspired dish lauded by reporters from DC Metro Magazine. Meanwhile, behind the sushi station, chefs slice up fresh salmon, yellowtail, and eel for specialty rolls.
Out in the sleek three-floored dining room, bartenders take the reigns, skillfully whipping up specialty cocktails and doling out glasses of craft beer and champagne. As they dine, guests admire Asian artwork on the walls from seats at glossy black tables, their faces illuminated by flickering candles. And on warm days, diners can sup in the outdoor patio, where bright red umbrellas shade tables from the sun. The restaurant also hosts karaoke in their private dining area, ideal for guests who are eager to sing their favorite tunes for an audience rather than just polite mailmen and taxi drivers.