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ASIA in Los Feliz ... report

ipse dixit | May 11, 200605:18 PM

ASIA just opened up (maybe about a month or so ago?) in Atwater Village, next to the golf course and about a stone's throw from Tom O'Shanter.

Anyhow, decided to try it last night. And, um, I felt like I was robbed blind ... like the shareholders of Enron.

The place bills itself as offering "Neo Thai" - which to this moment I still don't fully comprehend, but to the best I can tell it essentially means anything goes and gives the kitchen carte blanche to do whatever and however it wants with ingredients and combinations.

For example, we tried the asian crab cakes, which had no crab flavor at all and left a weird aftertaste of kung-pao chicken in my mouth. Oh, and the aioli sauces that accompanied the crab cakes? Too gooey with an oft-putting sweetness to them. Not good.

Our other starter, the shitake tiger shrimp came so shriveled up and dry, it reminded me of that episode from Seinfeld where George (after a dip in the pool) insisted that it was all about "shrinkage"! These were supposed to be "Tiger" shrimp ... more like kittens to me.

Oh, and lest I forget, the Tom Kah Lobster Bisque we ordered was like frankenfood. Coconut and lobster are a bad combo. (By the way, IIRC, this soup was a whopping $22!)

The entrees are quite extensive ... they have pizza, pasta, asian stir-fry, etc.

Tried the lamb ribs, which weren't all that bad esp. compared to our appetizers. Also ordered the asian scallops, which again suffered from the "Neo Thai" theme -- why would one wrap scallops in bacon and then drench them in an overwrought XO sauce? Done right, scallops will impart a very subtle sweetness ... this dish was like eating truffles wrapped in cotton candy. What a waste.

Speaking of truffles, I noticed the menu had a truffle mac 'n cheese. Hmmm. We passed on this.

We also passed on dessert.

Service was friendly, if very uneven (could not get our water refilled until the bill came - wtf??). But this is forgiveable for a new restaurant.

Oh, and our bill for 2 with NO DRINKS? Over $130 before tax/tip. Yikes.

Maybe I'll go back if I'm ever on a corporate account, or if I win the lottery.

Link to website below ... in case you are interested.

Link: http://www.asialosfeliz.com/index.html

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