The neon sign beneath the wooden counter and the massive Asian lanterns reminded me of a street food bar I tried when I was staying in Singapore for two days. It’s simple but effective. I got the feeling of being transported to a different cultural experience, foodwise.
This recent joint – Asian Rebel – is the newest thing to have opened near Cais do Sodré, one of the neatest places in Lisbon to grab a bite or a drink.
The appeal of Rebel Asian comes in different ways, from the decoration to the cuisine. Very much unpretentious.
The restaurant is a trip through Asia where someone can try different food from countries like China, Thailand or Japan.
The menu isn’t extensive, but it doesn’t lack the proper foodie experience that sets up a second or a third visit. The dishes are conceived for sharing so you won’t be fed up or bored. I tried Wonton chips with chili mayo, the bao pulled pork and shrimp noodle bowls. The food was good, although it never came to amaze me. It’s tasty and properly cooked, but the noodles were kind bland to me. It lacked some textures in flavor as noodle bowls should have.
It is nothing to spoil a meal or a second visit to the restaurant. It is just an observation. Or even a matter of taste.
The coolest thing about this place is that the food and prices are just right for a normal evening out, for a restaurant that serves a new kind of food, especially Asian, one that is on the rise in Lisbon.
I will give it another go for sure.