Asian Clichés In Rivonia

Asian Clichés In Rivonia
Rivonia is known for many things - traffic congestion, shifty night clubs and of course, 'Stripper Mile'. Some would say Teazers and The Grand even add a splash of glitz to the area, but there's more to the place than strippers on billboards and roaming Metro cops. Something's happened that could give Rivonia the edge to nab the Asian crown from Cyrildene...
We're talking quick massage satisfaction and sushi belts that will make you put on your best pair of elasticated pants - all thanks to the 'special specials'.
These are our top spots to put a bit of Asian into your daily persuasion (ha):
Saigon Restaurant
Yes, this restaurant has a rep for serving up some of the best Vietnamese in the North. The red signage will lure you in off the busy road and the beef skewers will seal the deal. If food wasn't enough, Saigon recently introduced a massage parlour down below because, well... you know.
Shop f2, Rivonia Junction, Corner Rivonia & 7th Junction
011 807 5272
Saigon Massage
Once you've filled up on beef satay, shimmy downstairs and ask for a special. Or just point your finger at the sign that says "1 hour full body". The trickling fountain and plastic flowers are somewhat calming and serene. Nice touch.
But seriously, the specials are good and the Thai massage is the business.
Shop f2, Rivonia Junction, Corner Rivonia & 7th Junction
011 807 5272 
A+Mart  - The Asian Food & Gift Store
I never got an A+ for anything in my life until I set foot inside this gift store. Because every girl needs the luxury of being able to pick up a packet of her favourite snack until 9pm weekdays - The Original seafood rice wrapped in a fried tofu bag - yes please. That or delighting in some tinned luncheon meat and a cup of white gold.
This is also the spot that ensures fresh tofu hits tables in the hood on a regular basis - *ka-ching* - winning at Meat Free Monday right there.
011 803 2344
Lots of jokes fly around about Yamada - "hey, shall we meet at Your Mada?" - childish, yes, but does this stop anybody from going?
Yamada, where the sushi special is so good you'll fast for the entire day to make sure you're getting your money's worth. R129 will let you eat as much as you like. The place is as packed as a sardine can all the time, so get there early.
Shop G8, Rivonia Junction, Corner Rivonia & Mutual Roads
011 807 9660
Rivonia's doing so good in the Asian department, all that's needed now is some sort of ninja academy now - just a suggestion.
by Leila Saffarian
Strippers, clubs and cops aside, Rivonia is fully Asian with the finest sushi and massage parlours in Joburg.