So we were headed to a concert at the Troc and wanted something close by. We opted to avoid Chinatown and try Tazia right around the corner. Reviews were mixed, but prices were reasonable and we figured we'd give it a shot. The decor, like most reviewers said, was a little stark. Ambiance was lacking, pop music coming from the music choice stations on the TV and basketball games streaming on the TVs throughout the 'Asian Fusion Tapas' spot. The menu was very diverse with a lot of good options. The small plates were very reasonably priced and the entrees ranged from $10-$20. We went with several small plates. Starting out with the oven roasted 3-cheese portabella mushroom (with cream cheese, goat cheese and gorgonzola), we were pleased, but it's a little curious how this ended up on this menu. Then we went with more traditional choices; duck dumplings (good sauce, but bland inside), veggie spring rolls (eh) and crispy tofu (the best of the bunch, but still bland). I got the crab salad with vermicelli, which had a nice portion of lump crab scattered over a very puzzling romaine, tomato and cucumber salad and a overly sauced portion of vermicelli. Overpowering onion flavor from the noodles took over the dish, but the greens and veggies were totally under-dressed and didn't do much of anything for the dish. Julie got the 'grilled vegetable flatbread', which came out looking like a microwave pizza. The 'grilled vegetables' looked like something out of a can and the 'flatbread' was in no way flat or crispy. Quite disappointing. I know, part of the blame should fall on the diners to realize that an Asian tapas restaurant probably won't provide a great pizza. Still, a place like this should know better than to serve something so generically bad.
I'd say this place would be good for apps and happy hour specials, but clearly, there's a lot of hit or miss on this menu.