Though some diners find chopsticks unwieldy, the twin sticks prove just as handy as forks when typing or tuning a piano. Eschew triple-pronged eating with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of fine Asian cuisine and drinks at Café Asia. This trendy Washingtonian eatery treats taste buds and their owners to an edible excursion, serving a multifaceted menu of delectable Asian dishes. Upend titanic portions of chicken fried rice in Indonesian, Thai, or Singapore styles ($10), split a sushi roll combo with a seafood-savvy date ($14), or take an unconventional approach and order Vietnamese-style lemongrass chicken, then just smell it for two hours ($11). Café Asia sports a sleek, metallic aesthetic, accenting smooth white walls with colorful benches and futuristic lighting. Two full bars form the headwaters of an endless river of libations, which doubles as a moat buoying live DJs in their booths.
- Cafe Asia’s menu reads like a greatest-hits medley of Asian cuisines. From Thailand, there’s satay and drunken noodles; from Vietnam, spring rolls and lemongrass chicken; from China, crab wontons and Szechuan pork; and from Japan, udon and soba noodle soups and sushi. – Emily Brown, Washingtonian.com
- This place is a solid option if you're looking for good and tasty diverse Asian cuisine. – Anselmo A., Yelp
Café Asia's menu reads like a jetsetter's dream itinerary. Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, China, Japan, and Vietnam. These seven East Asian countries may be the starting point for the eclectic lineup of spring rolls, ramen, fried rice, panggang, and noodle bowls, but it's Café Asia's chefs who take it to new places. The Vietnamese grilled pork demands special attention; chefs marinate the meat overnight with lime, garlic, fish sauce, and pepper. Café Asia could easily stand on its own as a sushi bar, however. Contemporary twists on traditional rolls have led to creations such as the eight-piece cajun roll with crawfish tail, sriracha, spicy mayo, and diced jalapeño, which is the world's spiciest fish.
The food's diversity has won many fans. In an article published on January 3, 2011, Examiner.com rightly noted that the restaurant has "enough choices to please almost any palate." The Washington Post also noted that the restaurant has hosted such distinguished guests as Dr. Jill Biden. Two full-service bars and a lounge allow Café Asia to host a slate of special events each year, including its New Year's Eve party.
1720 I Street NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20006Get Directions