Tried Akasha tonight - very excited about new places in the CC' hood. They were fully booked, but the hostess suggested we sit in the bar area - fine, no problem. The menu looked intriguing. My SO decided to order 3 sides as an appetizer - parsnip puree, mac n cheese, & curry cauliflower -- the appetizers looked interesting, but it was chilly, so I think he was into the idea of comfort food. I ordered the broccoli pizza and SO ordered the mung beans and rice - we were happy that they had interesting vegetarian options, even though we are not strictly vegetarians (and I love that there is plenty of pork on the menu!). The first problem was that the bread was cold. I don't expect fresh warm bread unless it's a very upscale place, but it does annoy me when the bread is cold and slightly hard, but what the hell - it's only bread.
The main problem is that the food was NOT HOT - it seemed like it had been sitting for 20 minutes or so before it got to the table. The mac n cheese came in it's own little skillet, so that was hot, and maybe the chef could make the argument that the curry cauliflower was meant to be served room temp, but how can mashed parsnip/potato be expected to be good when it's cold? We told the waiter that we expected hot food, and we would have liked the food better had it been hot and were reasonably certain that it was supposed to be served hot. He was extremely gracious and said he would alert the kitchen and the manager. He suggested dessert on the house, we countered with not charging us for our 2nd round of wine and the deal was sealed. We told him that we hoped they would get things sorted out before our next visit, and we would like to go back again -- after they get the kitchen and front house working in tandem to get hot food on the table and not left at the pass.