Cassia, Santa Monica

Reviewer: Foodnut.com

Cassia

1314 7th St

Santa Monica, CA 90401

(310) 393-6699

Cassia Website

Cassia Santa Monica exterior decor

Sexy Asian in Snap Chat’s turf. Why did we dine here? – Cassia is a restaurant from the folks at Rustic Canyon and Spice Table. A new Metro station (eminent domain), caused the shuttering of The Spice Table. Cassia has dishes from across Asia: Singaporean, Vietnamese, Taiwan, etc..

Cassia Santa Monica interior decor

The chef’s menu is focused on Southeast Asia as his heritage is Chinese-Singaporean. His wife Kim’s Vietnamese heritage is also reflected on the menu. We wish the Pho was on the menu!

Insider Tip – Reservations are needed, but walkins are easy, early on.

Cuisine – Asian fusion
Location – Santa Monica downtown
Opened – 2015

Service – Cassia has decent service. We got a rookie server, so rough spots were definitely evident.

Verdict – Cassia is a beautiful restaurant in an upscale town, fitting in almost perfectly. The food is good but not a great value. This is almost a mashup of different Asian dishes in a trendy LA spot, folks that eat here would not go seek out at an Asian eatery. Nothing wrong with that if this fits the bill.

Is this restaurant worth a 5 minute drive? Yes. 30 minute? Maybe. 1 Hour? No

Cassia Signature Dishes – pot-au-feu, Laksa, Seafood platters

Cassia’s Menu is pretty wide ranging with something for everyone, even vegetarians.

Website Cassia Menu

Cassia Food Picks:

Cassia Santa Monica kaya toast

Kaya Toast ($12) Coconut jam, butter, slow cooked egg is a Taiwanese dish we have had in Taipei. A nice reminder of our past time. Great for those who love runny eggs.

Cassia Santa Monica flatbred with chickpea curry

Koda Farms Chickpea Curry with Clay oven bread ($18) Coconut milk, Cilantro hit the mark. We ate lunch at Angelini, so this reminded us of their free one. Really good bread and curry. We had to order more bread to use up the curry. They mistakenly brought their country bread. We found it overcharred and not as good as Tartine Bakery’s.

Cassia Santa Monica Beef Rendang

Beef Rendang ($32) Beef Cheek curry, jasmine rice, sambal, kaffir lime, peanuts was really good. Sambal was far too spicy, but the beef cheek combined with peanuts and the rice, was fantastic.

Cassia Santa Monica Laksa

Laksa ($22) Rice Noodles, spicy-coconut seafood soup was interesting, but far TOO spicy. We should have sent it back.

Grilled Chinese Broccoli ($12) with carmelized fish sauce hit the mark.

OK: (Order if you like this dish)
None

Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
None

Do you agree with our review? Have you found other similar restaurants that are better?

Cassia Overall Rating: (Very Good 2.5)

Come Back?

Food Rating: (Very Good)
Service Rating: (Very Good)
Atmosphere Rating: (Excellent)
Value Rating: (Average)

Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

Alcohol:Full Bar
Attire:Dressy
Parking:Street
Reservations:Yes

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