Restaurant Review: Cafe Asia
June 15, 2012 § 1 Comment
Last night I tried out a sushi place called Cafe Asia with a friend. The food was good but what stood out the most was the interesting atmosphere, and I’m still not sure what to think of it. I’m pretty sure the place turns into a nightclub after nine. The venue tries to be trendy and tries to be many things at once while still appearing very bare bones. There are two floors, with the dining area on the second and a bar/art space on the first. There was also a space for a DJ.
The dining area is a no frills, sparse place. We ordered our sushi off a paper menu where you check off your selections. We got four rolls – I believe they were the california roll, a shrimp tempura roll, a dynamite roll, and one other that I can’t recall. The sushi came pretty quickly, within about ten minutes, accompanied by the standard pickled ginger and wasabi paste.
I thought the sushi was pretty tasty, though I’m no expert. The ingredients seemed fresh, and there was a nice chew thanks to the nori and sesame seeds embedded in the rice, though there could have been more filling in each roll. I also wish there had been a choice of brown rice.
The service was sadly basically nonexistent, and at the end of dinner it felt like they were trying to rush us out (no doubt to get the room ready for the clubbing scene at night). Interestingly enough there were also some ladies setting up a jewelry display. I was thoroughly confused.
Bottom line – sushi is standard, but don’t come for the ambiance, unless you are looking for a quirky scene.