We all have to admit, there are days – sometimes a few more than some of us would care to admit – when you just can’t be bothered cooking. After a long week at work, the day after a night on the town, or if you are still a couple of days away from grocery day, the last thing you want to do is dig around for something to make for dinner.
Instead of reaching for the local pizzeria’s menu that was dropped through your letterbox months ago, why not go out or order in some healthy yet delicious Asian food? Between Thai, Indian, Japanese and Chinese, there’s plenty to choose from and it’s not very hard to find somewhere with a hearty, healthy selection.
So, to make your decision that much easier, here is a list of some of Limerick’s best Asian restaurants, some family favourites and some hidden gems but whatever you choose, you’re bound to enjoy!
The Jasmine Palace
38 O’Connell Street, Limerick City.
The Jasmine Palace has had a place in Limerick’s foodie heart since they opened in 1986. Dine in style as you enjoy hearty, filling, delicious Chinese and Cantonese food. Although they don’t deliver food, the trip into town is well worth it, especially on a Sunday when they have their famous all-you-can-eat buffet in offer at €20 for adults and €10 for kids. The Jasmine Palace is really a fail-safe and you’ll leave full and satisfied every time. You really can’t ask for more than that!
116 O’Connell Street, Limerick City.
Thai/Indian fusion is at its best at Bambu. Located just upstairs from the well renowned Texas Steak Out, it’s easy to find. For just €10 at lunch time you can get a starter, main course and drink which is great value for such good quality food! It’s a perfect spot for a pit stop during a day of shopping in the city or as a place to start off a dinner and drinks date night. Whenever you choose to pop in, you’ll be glad you did.
Parkway Retail Park, Dublin Road, Limerick.
New kid on the block, Camile, has been voted Ireland’s healthiest takeaway making it perfect for day’s when you don’t want to cook but you still want to eat smart. Their dishes consist of fresh, traditional ingredients and come as huge portions. They’re definitely be leftovers for tomorrow – yum! If all that wasn’t enough, they’re very reasonably priced with a starter and main course costing just €12 at lunch time. Order from their website for home delivery of collection and soon you’ll be raving about them too!
Canteen Asian Cuisine
Parkway Shopping Centre, Dublin Road, Limerick.
Canteen is not your typical Chinese restaurant. It doesn’t look like much from the outside but the food that comes out of there is some of the nicest Chinese food around, a true hidden gem! Fresh ingredients and crunchy veggies pack every dish. Delivery is available from Just Eat and is fast, reliable and the food arrives fresh and hot. Again, like most restaurants on this list, it’s great value for money with a great selection of items to choose from. Top tip – Try out their ‘spice bag’, you won’t be disappointed!
109 O’Connell Street, Limerick City.
Although you may not think it straight off the bat, Chocolat has an amazing selection of all types of Asian food on their menu. They are part of the group owned by Wokking, The Jasmine Palace and Z-We-Ton so before even tasting it, you know their take on Asian food is going to be good. Fragrant Thai curries, spicy Taiwanese stir fries and yummy Chinese chicken dishes adorn their already spectacular menu and each dish is prepared using fresh ingredients and served in filling, hearty portions. Head to Chocolat and try one of their gorgeous Asian dishes the next time you’re having that all-too-familiar ‘I don’t mind, you choose’ conversation!
Ground Floor, 28 O’Connell Street, Limerick City.
As soon as you walk in the door of Kaya, the first thing to anybody’s mind has to be the relaxed and welcoming atmosphere and friendly staff. Their quick service and central location in the city makes it a perfect spot to pop in during your lunch break at work and with their generous portions, you’ll be filled up for the rest of the day. They also have a very fast, reliable delivery service which you can find on Just Eat, making them a great choice for those lazy evenings at home.
2 Lower Glentworth Street, Limerick City.
Though Glentworth Street might not be your first port of call for Asian food, Khing Thai is another of Limerick’s best kept secrets. Top notch Thai food done extremely well.
Some people’s first thought might be that the prices of some items on the menu is slightly higher than expected but once you try their mouth-watering, authentic Thai food, you’ll realise it was all totally worth it and you certainly get what you pay for! Great quality ingredients and even better portion sizes; what’s not to love?
Kyoto Sushi & Noodle
4 George’s Quay, Limerick City
A tiny newcomer to the city that has certainly packed a punch in its first few months since opening. Kyoto is an impressive little sushi and noodle restaurant with traditional Japanese décor inside and out.
The sushi is fresh and made to perfection with presentation so pretty you’d almost be scared to disturb it! The friendly and helpful staff make the experience all the more enjoyable and no matter how many times you visit you’ll never leave disappointed. All in all, Kyoto is a fantastic addition to Limerick’s growing Asian food scene.
Lana Asian Street Food
Castletroy, Co. Limerick.
Lana’s food is slightly more westernised than Aroi’s, catering for a wider audience with their menu. Located in the heart of the student-filled Castletroy, it’s only a short walk away from University of Limerick and it’s affordable, value for money food mean it’s a perfect spot for empty-pocketed students or simply anyone on a budget. However, that does not mean the food is of any lower quality.
Large portion sizes, tasty dishes and fresh ingredients all make Lana a great spot for lunch or dinner any day.
O’Connell Street, Limerick City.
If Sushi is more your style, why not pop into one of Limerick’s few sushi restaurants? Taikichi is situated right in the middle of O’Connell Street next to Mr. Simm’s sweet shop. As soon as you walk in the door, you feel as if you’ve been transported to Japan with beautiful interior decoration and the waiting staff dressed in Japanese style uniforms.
The sushi is fresh and delicious and well worth a try, but they also offer ramen dishes served in a huge bowl filled to the brim. The friendly staff will happily explain any of the items on the menu to you if you feel a bit lost and will make personal recommendations for you. Well worth a try.
The Mogul Emperor
1 Henry Street, Limerick City.
A tried and tested family favourite, The Mogul Emperor, lives up to the reputation that they have built over their many years of residence in the City Centre. Their authentic, hearty Indian food never fails to impress with great portion sizes and a great menu to choose from. Delivery does take quite a while to arrive simply because the restaurant is so busy and popular. However, eat in or collect your order and you won’t find it hard to see why it’s a firm favourite for many.
Tkee Global Buffet
110 O’Connell Street, Limerick City.
Tkee Global Buffet is the new kid on the block in terms of affordable dining in Limerick. They certainly have made a great first impression, serving great-tasting, fresh food at extremely affordable prices.
Sit in and have a go of their all-you-can-eat buffet for €10 or take out and pay €5 per box you fill up. From pizza to sushi you’ll be spoilt for choice! So give them a go and see if all the reviews are true. Perfect for a lunch on the go or a chatty lunch with friends, Tkee is well worth a visit.
O’Connell Street, Limerick City & Caherdavin Shopping Centre, Ennis Road, Limerick.
Wokking is probably one of Limerick’s best known and oldest Chinese restaurants. Famous for their ‘3 in 1’ and ‘4 in 1’ meals which are filling, tasty and cheap as chips – literally! They really have upheld their reputation for great quality Chinese food for years and continue to be the go-to spot if you fancy a Chinese but don’t want all the faff of a sit down restaurant. Plenty of seating, serving quick, delicious food that will never let you down.