It’s just the second Cafe Asia location, Cafe Asia 2.
Because of its location, I didn’t get the opportunity to go to the original Cafe Asia very often. It’s on U.S. 460 in the Bonsack area, which is out of the way of just about everything else in town for me. I’d occasionally get take-out for lunch, but it rarely made it into the list of places we’d consider for dinner. Cafe Asia 2 is a much more realistic option.
Cafe Asia 2 is located in South Roanoke County of 419 in the space that used to be home to Baja Bistro in the Shops at West Village.
Let’s all have a moment of silence for Baja Bistro. Good riddance.
The renovations they’ve done with the restaurant are impressive. They maximize the potential seating space while also creating sections of the dining area that can be closed off for private parties or special events. Because of the popularity, it really feels like an exciting, vibrant restaurant due to the layout and atmosphere.
In terms of the food, it’s just as good as the terrific food I came to expect at the other Cafe Asia location. During a recent visit for lunch, I ordered the General Tso’s chicken, which also came with a side of fried rice and my choice of soup or salad. I selected the hot & sour soup and it was delicious. It wasn’t too spicy and there were generous pieces of pork to make it a hearty way to start the meal.
The General Tso’s chicken was cooked perfectly and wasn’t overly sweet or greasy. It had just the right amount of spice and heat to give it the proper flavors, but the chicken also wasn’t too heavily battered, a common problem in many places that serve General Tso’s chicken. The fried rice tasted fresh and had an excellent mix of other ingredients, including vegetables and egg. I salute all restaurants that include egg in their fried rice. It’s the best.
Everything we ordered was plated beautifully, and we spent the first five minutes taking pictures of our food before we started eating. My wife’s sushi looked like it belonged in a food magazine because of the gorgeous cuts and colors of the fish along with the amazing garnishes. It says a lot about a restaurant that takes time to beautifully plate things you aren’t even expected to eat.
At Cafe Asia 2, they execute the details. The service was wonderful, the atmosphere was great, and the food was fantastic.
And if this is the type of experience diners can always expect, Cafe Asia might need more than just two locations in the Roanoke Valley.
Cafe Asia 2
3549 Electric Road
Roanoke, VA 24018