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Cafe Asia -- another take.

Gary Soup | Mar 30, 200312:07 AM

I stopped by here today while visiting the museum. My choice from the grill portion of the menu was Spicy Pork, served over Wok Noodles(you can choose Jasmine rice, brown mushroom rice, fried rice or noodles). The dish ($7.95) was described as "Grilled Thin-Sliced Pork Marinated in Korean Hot Bean Paste, Ginger and Garlic". It sounded good, and was pretty as a picture when served (I was too self-conscious to do a Melanie on it in the crowded cafeteria, however). The spicing was flavorful if timid, but the dish was lukewarm (or, maybe I should say lukecold)and the "thin-sliced" pork was about 1/8" thick and overly chewy, on the point of being tough.

My take on the place was that it's meant to be fusion (more precisely pan-Asian fusion) rather than authentic anything. The clientele appeared to be about 90 percent Caucasian (many of them even older than me, a definite AARP crowd). It also seemed that 95 percent chose silverware over chopsticks (I felt like I was showing off). I think the overall concept of the food is appropriate for the venue, but more care needs to be put into the preparation. Since I intend to get my money's worth out of my Museum membership, I'll probably be back to try more items and see if they are getting their act together.

The prices may not be a bargain for a bowl of cafeteria food, though compared to the $25 T-shirts and $30 canvas tote bags in the gift shop, maybe they aren't so bad. You can get a "Famous Carson City Hot Dog on Special Homemade Bun" with a dish of slaw for $3.50, which is better than you can do at the ballpark these days.

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