The Top Asian Food Spots In Pretoria

Hankering for the flavours of the Far East? That’s the reason you’re reading this, right? You need not look any further.

Right here in the capital, we have scores upon scores of great Asian eateries. Probably more than any other variety of food. The upswell of our city’s food scene in recent years has presented us with some truly delectable highlights for this kind of cuisine. Here are some of the top Asian food spots to frequent in the 012.


A fine restaurant and sushi locale at Parkview Shopping Centre in Moreleta Park. Even though their focus is on Japanese cuisine, they serve Chinese fare as well. A classic centre station and bar setup fill the space. The menu consists of the usual, simple Asian dishes but what makes Matsuya stand out is the extreme freshness and quality of ingredients. They feature a wide selection of sushi and some of the best miso soup and ramen bowls in town.


This highly recommended eatery operating right out of the suburbs in Waterkloof presents itself as one of the most authentic Korean restaurants around. With a deep dedication towards the cooking styles and ingredients hailing from the Korean peninsula, it isn’t any surprise that this spot has one of the most comprehensive menus focused on one national cuisine. Go for the Dakgalbi, chicken and vegetables cooked in a chilli and sesame sauce; the Haemul Jijime, pan-fried seafood pancake or the Dolsot Bibimbap, a popular rice dish served with vegetables, pork or beef and topped with a fried egg and red chilli paste. Wash it all down with Sujeonggwa — cinnamon punch.


This is an upscale establishment, trading in broad and contemporary Asian food, situated in Menlyn Maine Central Square after moving from Lynnwood Bridge. Koi delivers a behemoth of a sushi selection, including a new-age section with Peruvian jalapeño salmon, or tuna, sashimi and seared beef nigiri. Plates feature rock shrimp tempura, wagyu sliders, chicken yakitori, wok-charred fillet and crispy duck. They also serve a range of poké bowls, steamed bao and dim sum.

Wing Wah

Located at Hazeldean Square in Silver Lakes and at a strip mall in Faerie Glen. The two-branch operation specialises in sushi and Chinese cuisine. The casual and informal eatery offers a massive variety on both their takeaway and sit-down menus and a gargantuan sushi selection. Wing Wah has different everyday specials on their sushi, and a number of Chinese food set menu options. The set menu for four people consists of chicken soup, prawn cheese spring roll, sizzling beef, 12 pieces of salt and pepper chicken wings, prawn wudong and BBQ bean curd with brown sauce.

Lotus Thai Garden

Since Padbok closed down, we’ve been searching for a worthy successor for our Thai food fix. Padbok was considered by many to be the prime Thai cuisine place in the city. So, no pressure. Enter Lotus Thai Spa & Wellness Centre in Faerie Glen. It has an idyllic tea garden with a menu featuring a fusion of South African and Thai dishes. The food and the setting are pleasing in all sensory terms and alongside their soothing spa treatments, you can enjoy a healthy and delicious meal, followed by a decadent dessert.

Wok ’n Roll

A recent addition to the capital’s food landscape Wok ‘n Roll’s cuisine also spans Chinese, Japanese, and Thai but the motivation is to be intensely contemporary. It’s the most upmarket restaurant on this list with two branches — one in Sandton and the Pretoria version located at Woodlands Boulevard. Serving both classic and gourmet sushi in portions and platters, the locale also has a fine range of small plates, rice and noodle dishes, Asian curries, dim sum, bao, spring rolls and soups. The absolute best item dished up by this eatery is the ramen and udon noodle soup. Their ramen, probably the finest in town, is made with pak choi, sweet corn, bamboo shoots, edamame beans, wakami, spring onion, thick pork bone broth and the obligatory soft egg. You get to choose from pork, chicken or spicy beef. Have a go.

by David C. Steyn