Just went to the Asian Cafe with a couple of friends. This is another case of the review in the Chronicl being completely wrong when it comes to Asian food. We were throughly disappointed.
The interior and all the utensils, servingware were a notch above anything I've seen in a fast food joint. Unique forks, knifes and bowls made for lovely presentation. Unfortunatly, what they were presenting were lacking in flavor and enough food. Everything were two dollars too high and a quarter to little. I ordered the coconut chicken noodle soup, my friends ordered the sesame beef over mushroom rice, and grilled lemongrass chicken with jasmin rice. My noodles were too bland, a few straw mushrooms and chicken pieces floated in a bland light coconut chicken broth. I doctored it up with a shot of hot sauce and soy sauce, not too bad. But the cute white bowl that it came in turned out to be all looks and no use. The high sides made it hard to use the spoon to scoop up the broth. I guess in this case design overtook usefulness. I didn't get to taste the other two dishes, though both of my Chinese friends declared their dishes to be mediocre, and the rice to be undercooked and tough to chew.
If you were stuck in the museum and wanted some fusion food than perhaps give the Asian Cafe a try. Don't except authentic food and be prepared to spend some dough.