The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene.
Here to answer Long Island's ongoing call for Asian restaurants with sushi bars is Asia Taste in Hauppauge. The Thai/Japanese restaurant takes over the former digs of Lo Piccolo's Pizzeria & Ristorante in the Smithtown Bypass strip mall anchored by Giunta's Meat Farms.
On the menu: yellowtail jalapeno, spider roll, sashimi dinner, jumbo shrimp tempura, tom kha gai (Thai chicken coconut soup), pad Thai, moo yang ta krai (lemongrass pork chops) and Massamum curry with beef. Prices are moderate, with entrees ranging from $7.95 for pad ma kuer (Thai eggplant) to $22.95 for pla lard prink (whole fried snapper on a sizzling platter). Most everything else costs less than $20.
Asia Taste is at 581-583 Smithtown Bypass (Route 347), Hauppauge, 631-360-0008.