Simply Asia is a chain of restaurants, some of which are only take away outlets. The prices are the same for the eat in venues and the take away venues. While the prices are reasonable for a restaurant, they are quite high for a take away option. I have been to the Simply Asia take away outlet in the Waterfront and find that R49 for some noodles with a few pieces of beef, onion and greenpepper, is a bit pricey. For the same price I can go to Nandos and have a chicken liver starter with a roll plus a quarter chicken, chips and a cooldrink (this is my current favourite meal).
I recently had dinner with a friend at the Simply Asia restaurant in Park road. The service was nice and friendly. It’s a really small restaurant so it’s easy to get the attention of a server if you need something. We tried their new Dim Sum starter which consists of a selection 5 pieces of Dim Sum with soya sauce for dipping, for R29. It was horrible. I haven’t had that much Dim Sum in my life, but I have had the Dim Sum at Haiku and it was delicious. The Dim Sum at Simply Asia was so bad that I was eating it out of curiosity rather and enjoyment.
For mains, I had the yellow noodles with chicken and pieces of onion and greenpepper (R49). It was quite tasty, but I think I should have ordered a different type of noodles because they remind me too much of 2 minute noodles which I overdosed on during my student years. I also asked for it hot but went for mild on their recommendation. I had to use 2 bowls of their chilli to get it to the heat I wanted. My partner had the beef strif fry on rice (R49) with extra veg (R7). It was pretty tasty, largely due to the oyster sauce. The extra veg was a nice, I think the dish should include that much veg by default.
The wine list is not extensive nor is it expensive. We drank wine by the glass (R22). If you have a particular penchant for Asian food, then Simply Asia is a quick, casual and inexpensive option. I have no reservation recommending it as a restaurant (if you avoid that Dim Sum), but as a take away outlet, I would say there is better value to be found.
(14 branches in the Western Cape)