Went to Cafe Asia on Saturday night to check it out and it was really good.
We didn't make reservations and it was about 7 or so when we got there and waited at the bar for about 30 minutes for a table, which we didn't mind at all.
The place is really big and really funky. Modern decor, low tables and deep armless chairs to sink into. There's a bar in the front and a bar in the back with a sort of lounge area that you can eat in, with flat screen tv's overhead playing Japanese movies. Over the sushi bar in the back are animated Japanese moveies projected on a high wall.
The menu is large and oddly enough very affordable for the location. Great app's. soups, noddle soups and entrees, all in the $6-$14 range. The place features many different kinds of Asian foods, covering most regions. We started with the tuna tartare, which was more mashed than cubed and served with a spicy mayo on a bed of lettuce. We also had the summer rolls, which were prepared in the traditional manner served with a peanut sauce.
We both ordered the same noodle dish and they were both very good.
I would go back again, but would probably make reservations as the place filled up around 9 or so.
The crowd was generally in the late 20's to upper 50's and most were dressed for clubbing (Redwood Trust and Power Plant Live clubs right there) and they are open late for post-club eats. My guess is that Elizabeth Large will say it's way too loud there, and I will agree that it's a bit loud, but I personally like that kind of atmosphere when you're out on the town!
I think the next time we go I'd like to split a bunch of the app's and maybe get some sushi.
Anyone else checked out this spot?