Normally rappers tend to market themselves in different methods once they acquire a particular prominence as an artist. Let's use Jay Z and 50 Cent as an example, they released their own sneakers, Hov's were entitled S. Carters and 50's G-Unit sneakers. Are those shoes still hot? Hell NO! Were they ever hot? H-E double hockey sticks NO! But just the idea of branching out in other industries to increase your streams of income has always been in an entrenpreneurs queue. Wale decided to take an alternative route with his ideas, not sneakers, Sprite, Pepsi, or Mountain Dew releated, not even clothing, and we all know Wale has one of the dopest styles out. Food critiquing for Yelp is now his new job, hobby, interest, trade, not even sure what to call it or if he is even receiving payments for his analytical services but he's reviewing restaurants in DC. Just this Wednesday he dessiminated his first review on D.C's own Asia 54 (2122 P St. NW).
Stumbled across this place while looking for some pho. Place was quiet but it was a little on the late side. Menu is a combination of chinese, japanese and thai. I get scared when multiple countries/ethnicities are represented on a menu but it can also be great (DC carryouts?).
I ordered the shrimp tempura roll, fried chicken wings (with Asia 54 sauce aka mambo sauce) and fried rice with chicken, beef and shrimp. Dan ordered coconut shrimp and fried rice with chicken and crab meat. DMan ordered chicken wraps and pad thai. Weisman ordered tuna tartare, yellowtail carpaccio, tom yum soup and chicken claypot.
The food came out at a good pace. I destroyed the shrimp tempura roll and immediately ordered another. I'm kinda new to sushi so I go with less adventurous rolls as opposed to sashimi which I'm still wrapping my head around. I know it's about the texture. The wings were great too. Not too fried and not too much sauce. Dan seemed to enjoy the coconut shrimp. I tried two pieces of the yellowtail because the server informed us it was flown in yesterday and the key to good sushi is the freshness and boy could you taste the difference.
When the fried rice came out my mouth started watering. They said I could only choose one meat but for a little extra they allowed me to do the triple crown (chicken, beef and shrimp). I asked for it extra spicy. Good call. The spiciness was there without compromising the flavor. It also wasn't too salty or too oily. Arguably the best fried rice I've had all year. I coulda snapped two orders.
We ended the meal with an order of mango and sticky rice. This was my first time trying it and it was very interesting. The warm rice complements the cold mango perfectly to create a truly delectable savory dessert.
I would highly recommend this restaurant and cannot wait to go back again for the sticky rice.
Wale is far from a stranger to critiquing restaurants looking back on his line in the single That Way, when he references Chicago's famous Harold's Chicken spot as "over-rated". He's reviewed San Francisco's House Of Nanking, saying it's "arguably his favorite Chinese restaurant" and Mr Chow's in Beverly Hills. Hope Wale has a personal trainer readily available after all these food excursions.
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