Trout ceviche tacos, vegetable or kimchi gyoza dumplings and crispy scallion pancakes are just a few of the Asian-inspired dishes on offer at this Illovo restaurant (moved from Melville in 2019). The Great Eastern Food bar is for eaters who relish unique and subtle flavours, whose joy in eating is derived from combining delicate tastes. No one who thinks a meal should consist of meat and two veg should darken their door. In fact, red meat is not to be found on the menu. Instead enjoy spicy chicken wings or Korean fried chicken, a bowl of lemongrass and coconut noodles and a refreshing green papaya salad.
Vegetarians will be delighted with the many options – buns, bowls and dim sum. Portions are small but pop with flavour. Everything here is freshly made so this is not a place for impatience, and certainly worth the wait. Order starters to share.
The drinks menu has some interesting options including a range of ‘drinking vinegar’, homemade flavours of raspberry and pomegranate that can be drunk with a Korean liquor called Soju. For an added kick order some sake. There’s also a selection of beers, ciders, wines, whiskeys and brandy plus some refreshing cocktail options that include a blackberry G&T and Soju & Granadilla.
Reopens Jan 7 2020.