Last night, I was catching up on Masterchef US episodes when they featured mushrooms as part of the cooking challenge. I loooove mushrooms and was salivating after the dishes the homecooks were preparing.
And today, I found out that we had a team lunch at Ashima Restaurant which only serves entrees with mushrooms! Yay!
It seems like a pretty expensive place. Quite surprised that there weren’t any other customers. But as explained by my office mate, hotpot is the usual order and it takes a bit of time to cook — one hour for lunch wouldn’t be enough.
First we had the salmon and shrimp salad.
Then, the beef wrapped around enoki mushrooms.
For the hotpot, we had 7 types of mushrooms with black chicken — at first.
The dipping sauces were perfect. The one on the left was a spicy sesame seed with the broth from the soup while the other one was like some special soy sauce.
As we ate along, the servers kept on adding more stuff — veggie tofu, a crunchy paper-thin like soya, some more greens, and Ashima noodles.
It was a bottomless pit of hotpot! We had 6 of this for our team of around 40 people.
That’s a cross-section of my favorite ensemble. I didn’t like the black chicken though.
So there, if you’re craving for some mushrooms, do visit Ashima Restaurant. They’ve got several outlets but this one is at 35A Nguyen Dinh Chieu St. in District 1. I highly recommend it for lunch because there literally is no one else there! You’ll definitely burn a small hole in your pocket but the food is excellent (or may be I’m just too excited about it now.)!
Its emptiness is relative to its priciness, I guess.
I’ve heard the place is packed in the evenings. 🙂
I’ve also heard that this is the place to go in the evenings – haven’t had chance to visit yet, but will do soon, I blummin’ love mushrooms! I don’t mind higher prices either, so long as the food quality matches – which by the look of your photos it does!
I guess it’s pricey because all their mushrooms are imported. Hope you try it and let me know how you like it! 🙂
Will do! 🙂