Asian King (Amsterdam) – Feb 2014 –

Last year, Jackson and I took our first trip abroad together. We decided to keep it relatively cheap and cheerful, so we chose Amsterdam – not too far from home but far enough to be different and well cultured. 

Obviously, being us, we ate out a lot and found some tasty treasure cafes & restaurants. One in particular and slightly hidden from immediate sight is Asian King, which sits in Amsterdam’s mini China Town-esque part of the city.

It is a small, humble restaurant, light-hearted and easy going. 

Admittedly the decor doesn’t resemble that of the likes of Nobu, but it really doesn’t need to. Asian King instils a comfortable and cute setting for those after a cheaper evening out. They also host a warm and rather laid back lunch environment during the day.

Specialising in sushi, the menu is easy to scan through with great deals, especially for couples and groups of friends. The mixture of sushi within the deals on the set menu also encourages people to share as well as try new dishes they may not have, which I think is a great idea.

I have been to Japan and eaten a lot of the cuisine, whether authentic, modern or westernised, so was pleasantly surprised to find that Asian King tasted very fresh, especially with their traditional sashimi dishes. They also have one of the best miso soup’s I’ve ever had – beautifully balanced with a rich tang of miso running throughout, soft cubes of tofu, then garnished with spring onion and seaweed. A great starter or complimentary dish for anyone.

We ordered a Maki 2 set, which included a mixture of sushi rolls, x 2 sashimi dishes, x 2 miso soup, a large beer and green tea. We paid 20 Euros each for everything! Additionally, on top of the great value food, and most importantly, we were full (minus the craving for more ebi rolls!)

The Ebi Californian Roll – so, so tasty! I really wish I had ordered more! It came alongside other sushi delights on the Maki 2 set on the deal side of the menu. Crunchy, delightful nibbles of tempura king prawn, wrapped in Japanese mayo, sushi rice, seaweed and a coating of black and white sesame. The chefs were generous with the portion sizes too, which is also a bonus!  

I would recommend all fish, sushi and oriental food lovers to visit this place whilst visiting Amsterdam and craving this particular cuisine. You will not regret it!