Asia Room – sushi, woks and more!

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There is a new interesting place in Riscani region of Chisinau!IMG_9252 It’s called Asia Room! There is a building in Riscani (on the circle where drive-through McDonald’s is located) that has about 5 levels. Top four levels are a set of restaurants that is owned by the Dor Group company. This company has many good quality restaurants inside and outside of Chisinau.Screen Shot 2015-01-20 at 9.56.56 PM In this particular building, the four restaurants/rooms are called: Room Cafe, Junior Room, Asia Room and Chef Room. The link above has more details about the other rooms, and I will hopefully do more posts on them. For now, however, Asia Room takes the spot.

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Asia Room has a funky yet elegant vibe with cute enormous face sculptures and nice large windows. If you go there for dinner, reserve a place by the windows and you will feel like you are sitting in a big city.  Sushi taste and quality is as good as it can be for a city without access to fresh seafood. When I go here, sushi is not the only thing I want to order, though, which is why I like this restaurant.IMG_9268 The menu is filled with interesting Asian dishes from salads, soups, noodles, sushi and deserts. The dishes are not really big, so if you want to be full, get couple of dishes. I like that Asia Room doesn’t have big portions actually, because I feel more satisfied trying more flavors from their menu.  I chose a few dishes that are my favorite to show here. Maybe these will give you a good sense of the restaurant. IMG_9274 This was an interesting rice wrap I tried. The wrap is crunchy, and filled with a good combination of fresh and cooked vegetables and shrimp. It was delicious! IMG_9275 Shrimp Tom-Yum! This soup was rich and flavorful. I loved the taste of curry and coconut milk in it. IMG_9271 A warm mushroom salad – this had several types of mushrooms in it and fresh tomatoes. It was dressed with delicious asian flavors. IMG_9277 And of course, their sushi was pretty good too. They have a very specific set of rolls, and I have tried several of them. I usually don’t like rolls that have mayo and things other than the fresh raw fish in it, but the rolls I tried here have made changed my preferences about that a little. The eggplant roll, for example is not something I would order usually, but it tasted pretty good here!

. IMG_9278 These pictures are my own pictures from my phone camera, so they are not that great in terms of quality. If you want to see more pictures, go to their Facebook page, and to their company page (link above). Pictures there are much more convincing. They also provide pictures of their menu pages. Screen Shot 2015-01-20 at 10.23.52 PM If you like to go out to restaurants more than twice a week, you might be interested in their Loyalty Program. It is a discount card that lets you gain points according to the frequency of your visits. The service was pretty good. It is that kind of restaurant that has a waitress or a waiter lingering near by looking at you and making sure everything on the table looks good. This can feel a bit awkward.

They also do not like you go to their restaurants with your jackets on, so they insist on you taking them off downstairs at the entry. This can be somewhat discomforting for someone like me who likes to be really warm. However, it took me two visits, to forget about it. The food is worth the discomfort, and it does look better when it’s just you sitting on your chair instead of you and your two jackets.

For directions, the best way to find out is through the Dor Company website. Click on the map below to learn more: Screen Shot 2015-01-21 at 7.55.53 PM Currently, Asia Room has a good deal for sushi. If you order two rolls, the third one is free! This will expire on February 15th, 2015. Let me know if you have been there or plan to go there. Enjoy!

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8 thoughts on “Asia Room – sushi, woks and more!

  1. Thank you so much for your blog!

    We moved here not so long ago, from the US.
    Really appreciate all the information you shared here.
    Actually i was born in Uzbekistan, so we have something in common :))

  2. I just found your blog. I’m interested in Moldova because I have a friend who just moved there a few months ago and I didn’t really know anything about the country. But I always love learning about new places. You have a great blog! I like the little details you included. For example, I didn’t know that you are supposed to take your jacket off in a restaurant. Is that every restaurant or specifically the Asia Room? And having someone wait on you as close as you say — that’s opposite of my experiences in other European countries. When I was in Germany, the waiter brought us our food then left us alone for our meal.
    Perhaps this is a silly question, but is Asian food in Moldova similar to Asian food in America? Or does it have its own unique qualities? Just a few observations I got from this page. This really is a great blog!

    • Hi there, I’m happy to know you found the blog useful! Asian food here is not Chinatown food in the U.S. Still it’s nice to have some variety and there seems to be a slow movement toward more spicy and exotic food here. Sushi here is not too bad too; although you can’t compare it to some really good ones in Seatle or other big cities.
      About the jackets- this is the only restaurant I have been to that insist on keeping your jacket in their closet here in Moldova. This usually happens in some bars and clubs.

  3. Hello 🙂 I am very happy to find your blog! It’s interesting, how people from abroad see Moldova.
    About sushi, my favorite place is Jeraffe, with a new chef right from Japan. Really impressive menu and amazing desserts.

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