The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene.
A restaurant with the unlikely name of Casa Asia recently took over the downtown Massapequa space that, for years, housed China Royal. Now, the place has a spare, contemporary look — and a sushi bar. Of course.
Yet despite the restaurant’s nomenclature, which employs the Spanish and Italian word for “house,” nothing on the menu evokes Europe or Latin America — unless, of course, you count the Italian frozen desserts.
On a quick midday visit, what drew my eye immediately was the roster of main dish Asian noodle soups. I ordered one with wontons and Cantonese egg noodles ($8.95) and appreciated both the savory broth, fresh al dente noodles and dumplings with skins so thin, they were nearly transparent. But the vegetables sharing the bowl — a little cabbage, a few snow peas and some canned baby corn — fell short. What that soup cried out for was some bright baby bok choy.
Also on the menu: chicken lettuce wraps ($7.95), tuna tataki ($10.95), a rice-free crunchy dragon roll with spicy tuna with tempura flakes, peanut, avocado and kimchee sauce ($12.95), chirashi ($16.95), pad Thai with chicken ($9.95) and crispy orange beef ($13.95). For dessert, there's an Italian coppa, or parfait ($7) as well as green tea crepes ($8).
Casa Asia is at 23 Broadway, Massapequa, 516-882-0328, casaasiamassapequa.com