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 restaurants 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