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Monsoon hits Babylon on Feb. 24

Computer-generated rendering, right, and interior of the soon-to-open

Computer-generated rendering, right, and interior of the soon-to-open restaurant Monsoon, Asian Kitchen and Lounge in Babylon. (Feb. 2012) Credit: Handout

Monsoon, the long-awaited pan-Asian restaurant from the owners of Tellers Chophouse in Islip and Prime in Huntington, is slated to make landfall in Babylon in two weeks.

Monsoon Asian Kitchen and Lounge, owned by the Bohlsen Restaurant Group, will be housed in the dramatic, high-ceiling 1920s building on Deer Park Avenue once occupied by the Bank of Babylon. Tellers also is in a former bank building.

At Monsoon, diners can expect Chinese, Thai and Vietnamese dishes on a family-style, sharing menu. The dishes include assorted dim sum, Beijing duck for two, summer and spring rolls, kung pao monkfish, steak yakitori, steamed pork buns with Korean kalbi sauce, and the “Monsoon roll” of lobster, spicy tuna, avocado and jalapeño pepper. The sweets range from fried Oreos to lemongrass creme brulee, along with house-made fortune cookies.

Dim sum, appetizers and steamed buns are $5 to $16; main dishes, $16 to $39; Beijing duck for two, $68.

The executive chef is Michael Wilson, recently executive chef at Verace in Islip, also a Bohlsen property. Cornelius Gallagher, whose resume includes Oceana and Lespinasse in Manhattan, is the group's corporate chef.

You'll see them at work via a 20-foot window on the kitchen of the two-story establishment. There also will be an 8-by-12-foot video screen showing a short film made for Monsoon.

Monsoon, 48 Deer Park Ave., Babylon; 631-587-4400.

Monsoon: in-progress and to come.

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