Do you sometimes just crave a night out after a long Monday and an equally daunting Tuesday? Asoka, on Kloof Street, has got you covered. This venue promises you an excellent menu, live jazz, and a variety of cocktails.
Asoka Bar and Restaurant
Asoka is a bar and restaurant situated on the corner of Kloof and Nichol street, Gardens. This venue offers customers an internationally inspired culinary experience that is hosted under their five element concept: fire (meat), wind (chicken and duck), water (seafood), earth (vegetarian), and nirvana (dessert). Their menu offers dishes for all types of palates. See menu here.
The venue has an intimate and sensual vibe as it accepts minimal light from its Asian inspired style lamps as well as candles on each table. The candlelight oak tree is the venue’s showstopper as tables are placed around it and is also a source of lighting.
Asoka’s Jazz Tuesdays
We tried Asoka’s Jazz Tuesdays and we were advised to come early as it tends to be packed. As we arrived at around 8pm and the venue had some guests standing and all tables fully booked. Luckily, a couple was leaving and we secured a seat.
Asoka has a small yet tasty dessert menu. Their malva pudding is accompanied by their DELICIOUS homemade custard and ice cream. Likewise, the caramel cheesecake with the vanilla ice cream which was incredibly sweet BUT tasted good.
The evening starts off with a live jazz performance. Then, the DJ arrives to soothe the place with old school Rhythm and Blues and later some House tunes. With the Cape Town pop and electro market, we were surprised by the great Deep House selection that brought in different crowds that you haven’t spotted at your usual hangout spots.
At our visit, we spotted two national television personalities, such as Man Cave’s Siv Ngesi and Expresso’s Zoe Brown with their friends. Looking for a venue for a date or get together with friends? Asoka would be ideal for a casual and social rendezvous.
A few notes
The music can get a tad loud and the venue crowded especially on a Tuesday, so if you’re looking for a more quiet restaurant vibe, you can try the sister venue: Kloof Street House.
What do you think Trendees? Would you give Asoka Jazz nights a go? We sure loved it.