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Asia Cafe

Asian Restaurant$$$$
Northwest Austin, Austin
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  • Has a stamp of approval from Eater and Austin Chronicle
    • Eater
    • Austin Chronicle
  • Geries
    "#39 combination spicy fish fillet and mapo tofu"(7 Tips)
    Jane K.
    "Get the lamb hotpot, hot and spicy fish, and hot and spicy lamb"(5 Tips)
    Lisa
    "... fish with speci sauce, chong qing chicken"(4 Tips)
    Austin Chronicle
    "Favorites include the spicy fish and chicken in XO sauce"(2 Tips)
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  • Frank R.
    Frank RoblesAugust 16, 2016
    The food is great. Try the salt and pepper fish.
  • Moshe S.
    Moshe SananesJuly 6, 2016
    Gluten free options are OK, but not more than that. The regular Chinese food is quite spicy and tasty. Recommended
  • Nick H.
    Nick HanemannMay 27, 2016
    Tons of food. Very good flavors
  • Eric G.
    Eric G.April 30, 2016
    I've never had Szechuan pepper corns before, but they are legit authentic flavor. Overwhelming at first, but you can acclimatize your tastebuds with a few vists, then you'll be craving them
  • Eric G.
    Eric G.April 30, 2016
    We love the loveable chaos of the place...ordering and then hearing your number called in english and chinese adds a fresh market authenticity.
  • Eric G.
    Eric G.April 30, 2016
    So many dishes full of authentic flavor and spice: Hunan Chicken, Spicy Chicken, Stir-fried Chicken with Chili, Orange Crispy-Beef, Vegetable fried rice, House Dry Wok Beef, Fried Calamari
  • Liz H.
    Liz HallFebruary 23, 2016
    Everything we order here is awesome and filled with high quality ingredients cooked to perfection. Normally I'm not apt to gush, but this place deserves it!!!!! ❤
  • Sam M.
    Sam MelnickJanuary 8, 2016
    Try the chicken in XO sauce. It has plenty of veggies and strips of grilled chicken.
  • May ♍.
    May ♍October 29, 2015
    The food here is legit. Authentic Szechuan cuisine from Southwest China. This isn't your traditional Chinese sit-down restaurant. You head to the front order your food then they call your order number
  • Erica S.
    Erica StephensAugust 3, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    If you are looking for authentic Asian food in North Austin look no further. This place is amazing!!
  • Lisa
    LisaAugust 2, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Spicy fish fillet, crispy duck, shrimp and fish with speci sauce, chong qing chicken
  • Holly B.
    Holly BosholmJuly 16, 2015
    It's confusing when you first arrive, but you order at the very back. They have a lot of tofu options, and the sesame tofu was amazing! I only had to wait 10 minutes.
  • Sam D.
    Sam DJune 7, 2015
    Authentic Chinese food served at a great price, get the boiled dumplings.
  • Brian C.
    Brian ChangMay 31, 2015
    Chong chin chicken
  • Bryant L.
    Bryant LukMay 14, 2015
    Spicy lamb dishes are great here. A bit of a kick. Good tables to sit down and have a nice meal with 10 people.
  • Tony S.
    Tony SandersMarch 15, 2015
    Twice-cooked fish filletSalt & Pepper fish filletChong-Chin chickenHot & Spicy LambSalt & Pepper Eggplant stuffed with Pork
  • Ray R.
    Ray ReyesJanuary 19, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Back again!!!
  • Katya D.
    Katya DavidsonJanuary 5, 2015
    You want the spicy fish filet. Anything else is beside the point.
  • Greg P.
    Greg PriceJanuary 4, 2015
    Spicy dishes were barely spicy (spicy fish filet and mapo doufu.) if you're white, you may have to make extra clear that you actually want it spicy.
  • Benjamin C.
    Benjamin CollarDecember 7, 2014
    Authentic Chinese food, mostly szechuan. Pretty much all of it is good! Ambiance lacking though.
  • nevaeh r.
    nevaeh rossNovember 30, 2014
    I personally love their orange chicken and if you don't believe me try it yourself it's amazing
  • Becca F.
    Becca FloresNovember 25, 2014
    Best fish dish I've ever had! ❤️ this place 😘
  • Ron H.
    Ron HalversenAugust 31, 2014
    Everything!
  • Michael W.
    Michael WeyenbergAugust 19, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    of course the spicy fish, but shredded duck in XO sauce is a close 2nd
  • Yinon
    YinonAugust 16, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Come here with at least 8 people. Share everything.
  • Patricia H.
    Patricia HayesAugust 6, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    If you like lamb, get the Hot and Spicy Lamb, it is my go to dish here! Delicious!
  • Geries
    GeriesMarch 1, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Bamboo chicken
  • Kevin S.
    Kevin SuttleFebruary 18, 2014
    Call ahead. Wait times for take out can be brutal around 6-7.
  • Matt E.
    Matt EngJanuary 27, 2014
    Spicy Fish!
  • Sissy D.
    Sissy DJanuary 5, 2014
    Wonderful fresh Chinese food. Healthy comfort dish- Jade Chicken. Lot's of bang for the buck and I always have yummy leftovers to take home, a big plus. Jade Chicken is GF, a white sauce, no soy.
  • Bryan
    BryanDecember 1, 2013
    Egg drop soup has corn in it?
  • Michael P.
    Michael PersaudOctober 4, 2013
    Best Asian food in Austin!
  • Christine N.
    Christine NewmanSeptember 26, 2013
    Very authentic yummy food. No real service and restaurant is pretty bare bones, but it's totally worth it. The spicy potstickers are awesome!
  • Ike C.
    Ike CoronisAugust 29, 2013
    Listened to all the suggestions for the spicy fish filet and was not disappointed. Delicious and spicy, made me sweat!
  • Eric H.
    Eric HighlandAugust 9, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Love this little place. Hidden in a strip mall, if you blink you'll be missing some of Austin's best Chinese goodness. Everyone talks about the Spicy Fish which is great but my fave is General Tso's!!
  • Leah J.
    Leah JohnsonJuly 17, 2013
    Order the Spicy fish, eggplant with pork & garlic, and house green beans. Request no MSG. Portions are family style.
  • Ricardo S.
    Ricardo ShiromaJuly 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    House Fish with soft tofu is great
  • Lloyd M.
    Lloyd MooreJuly 3, 2013
    Get orange tofu!
  • OH I.
    OH IVJune 26, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the shrimp in XO sauce, it's XO f***ing good lol
  • Austin Chronicle
    Austin ChronicleJune 19, 2013
    Ridiculously authentic Sichuan cuisine. Favorites include the spicy fish and chicken in XO sauce, and we love the happy chaos of the perpetually packed dining room. Read more
  • Shay T.
    Shay TsoJune 15, 2013
    Veggie soup with tofu very yummy. It's only $5 and u get a huge bowl! Veggie stir fry noodles are phenomenal!!! Just looking around they have some really good dishes that I can't wait to try next time
  • David
    DavidMay 9, 2013
    Cumin beef is VERY spicy, but excellent if you can handle it. Easily Austin's best Chinese restaurant, btw.
  • Kirsty M.
    Kirsty MarrApril 8, 2013
    Pan fired dumplings are amazing. Huge portions for around $10 each, enough to share. Don't expect a relaxing experience though, it's always quite loud and family friendly.
  • Trevor M.
    Trevor MccurryApril 3, 2013
    spicy fish every time. eggplant too.
  • Deanna
    DeannaMarch 5, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Lots of vegetarian options, large portions for ALL dishes. Stir fried pea leaves are awesome, but best as a side. Since the portion is large, split it with a friend and get another entree too.
  • Lacy M.
    Lacy McKayFebruary 15, 2013
    Twice cooked fish has just enough spice, and the fish has a great flavor.
  • Jane K.
    Jane KoJanuary 27, 2013
    Get the lamb hotpot, hot and spicy fish, and hot and spicy lamb
  • Samuel Y.
    Samuel YuDecember 14, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Listen to the gentleman call out your order number in both Chinese and English
  • Samuel Y.
    Samuel YuDecember 14, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Can get packed on the weekends.
  • Geries
    GeriesNovember 11, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    #717 chicken and white mushroom
  • Geries
    GeriesNovember 11, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    #39 combination spicy fish fillet and mapo tofu
  • Gayatri P.
    Gayatri PradhanNovember 3, 2012
    Best sichuanese in town. Spicy fish, sesame dumplings, chong Ching chicken rule.
  • Eric T.
    Eric TaoOctober 2, 2012
    Delicious & authentic food. The guy wearing a gold necklace is rude. Also, I expect it to be cheaper.
  • Jeremy K.
    Jeremy KelleySeptember 25, 2012
    Everything is good. If you get here early you can get a private room off to the side for your group and eat family style
  • Ashish P.
    Ashish PSeptember 20, 2012
    Huge food portions!
  • amanda s.
    amanda scullySeptember 18, 2012
    There is no maybe... this is DEFINITELY the best Chinese in Austin. Everyone is right about the Spicy Fish... there are no words for how delicious. All the tofu dishes so far have been awesome.
  • Kenneth S.
    Kenneth SuterSeptember 13, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Make sure you get the spicy fish and an order of the green beans
  • Vince M.
    Vince MarotteJune 25, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Bring your own wine. May I suggest a white? Chenin Blanc pairs well with asian food.
  • Sonia R.
    Sonia RahardjaMay 26, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Spicy fish fillet, mapo tofu, teppan black pepper beef, drunken chicken. Just get them!
  • Keegan B.
    Keegan BucyMay 11, 2012
    Can't go wrong with the Dan Dan noodles.
  • Barron F.
    Barron FujimotoMarch 24, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Spicy fish!
  • Samantha S.
    Samantha ScottJanuary 6, 2012
    Mapo is my new food. Try the twice cooked bacon!
  • Rafael J.
    Rafael JohariDecember 22, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    careful w/ the mines! Aka sechuan peppercorn.
  • Reinaldo J.
    Reinaldo JevonDecember 22, 2011
    Order chong cing chicken, spicy fish fillet, sizzling beef and pork chop.
  • Ashlyn B.
    Ashlyn B. ⚡September 26, 2011
    So fucking good.
  • Chad S.
    Chad SwanzySeptember 4, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Taiwanese Noodles
  • J Catherine T.
    J Catherine ThompsonAugust 31, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Sure, the spicy fish fillet is good, but try the shredded pork with chili (I posted a picture of it here). This dish will knock you on your ass with spiciness.
  • Avinash S.
    Avinash SaxenaAugust 25, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Twice cooked fish.
  • Patrick C.
    Patrick CummingsAugust 16, 2011
    May be the best Chinese food in Austin. The spicy fish is awesome
  • Vince M.
    Vince MarotteAugust 6, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Pork Dumplings! Yum.
  • Ella Jane M.
    Ella Jane MooreApril 14, 2011
    Remember - the mango chicken/shrimp is only REALLY good when mangos are in season!
  • Brad R.
    Brad RobertsApril 3, 2011
    Spicy fish!
  • Mark T.
    Mark TeagardenMarch 31, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The chong-chin chicken is excellent! Bring your eating' pants, it's a lot of food.
  • Norberto F.
    Norberto FloresMarch 26, 2011
    The Mango shrimp is to Die for!
  • Nick O.
    Nick OFebruary 11, 2011
    Try the spicy fish.
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 13, 2011
    Very possibly Austin's worst kept secret, Asia Cafe is a tiny Szechuan restaurant popular among chefs and civilians alike. Some of the most best Chinese in the city. [Eater 38 Member] Read more
  • Edmarc H.
    Edmarc HedrickJanuary 2, 2011
    Watch out for the little peppercorns! They've got a really sharp taste to them. One worker there told me that they're a main ingredient in most meals and that "you should try and avoid them."
  • Lisa
    LisaNovember 14, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    This place is crowded everytime. Self serve, lots of Chinese food options.
  • Joshua B.
    Joshua BrowningOctober 10, 2010
    Spicy fish = happiness
  • Dell
    DellOctober 1, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    This place use to be Austin's best kept secret. Now it gets a little crowded at times. Great place for cheap authentic Chinese Cooking!! You order at the counter and they call your number when done
  • John F.
    John FuexAugust 26, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Spicy lamb is da bomb!
  • Avinash S.
    Avinash SaxenaAugust 16, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Hunan chicken, Spicy Lamb and the Shrimp and fish with Spicy Special Sauce are the best!!
  • Tom C.
    Tom CJune 26, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Spicy fish filet is amazing
  • Melanie L.
    Melanie LermanJune 7, 2010
    Ma Pao Tofu is amazing!
  • Ernie V.
    Ernie VillarrealMay 13, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Pan seared tofu with crushed red pepper!!!! The Bomb!!!
  • Edwyn A.
    Edwyn AMarch 20, 2010
    Order at the counter... Menus are up front.
  • Justin G.
    Justin GirdlerMarch 16, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Asian Eggplant FTW!
  • Jamie P.
    Jamie PoltronieriMarch 11, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    I can't just pick one dish. Tonight I had lamb with chilies and green beans. Both outstanding.
  • Matt S.
    Matt StilesFebruary 23, 2010
    Awesome Chinese food. Read more
  • Jeffrey T.
    Jeffrey TangJanuary 15, 2010
    I second the spicy fish fillet. The twice cooked pork with garlic sprouts is also good.
  • Dee G.
    Dee GardnerDecember 9, 2009
    Mango chicken is great real mango chunks.
  • Dan L.
    Dan LuuJuly 26, 2009
    Get the Spicy Fish Fillet
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