We had another fantastic dinner at Frenasia on Saturday night, and I feel compelled to put in another good word for this unsung outpost of culinary magic on Cross Bay Blvd. in Howard Beach. Frenasia is the place to come if you've got a long layover at JFK (it's about 15 minutes by car), after you've spent a peaceful couple of hours walking around the bird sanctuary at Jamaica Bay, or on the drive back from Rockaway Beach.
As the name implies, this is "fusion" food combining French and Asian techniques, although I'd say the ingredients and seasoning fall more on the Asian side, with an aesthetic presentation that borrows from French and Japanese. (I would love to know who the chef is and where he/she was trained.) They have a large, varied menu which includes a sushi bar, hot and cold appetizers, salads, soups, pastas, vegetarian dishes and meat and fish entrees. Seafood is featured, but there's also chicken and a smaller amount of beef. Vegetarians/vegans and carnivores can both eat very well here. Butternut squash soup with a coconut curry base is out of this world, and the hot and sour soup was the best I've had anywhere. Delicious, light, fried calamari framed a mound of fresh green salad splashed with a bit of sesame lemon dressing. I had a generous grilled shrimp entree in which the shrimp were large, flavorful and tender, accompanied by bokchoy and other vegetables in a complex sauce with not a drop of corn starch in sight. Two of my companions had the sushi dinner which they complimented as impeccably fresh and inventive, especially in the presentation of the rolls.
Frenasia has a full bar, and offers a number of good wines by the glass or bottle.
I've included the link to their website, although I note that the menu shown is different from what we saw Saturday night. Also, the typing and proofreading on the website must have been done by someone from Mars, so you will have to decipher as you go along. (For instance, the Mixed Organic Greens comes with: "Saritded Tomotoes, Glass Venmicnlli & Yurw miso Dessing.")
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