This restaurant is truly a diamond in the rough! Now, note, I am a native Angeleno who has lived in the Sunset Junction area for some time now, so by ""rough,"" I say nothing disparaging about my neighborhood. Quite to the contrary, one of the many things I love about the East Side is the vast range in price, quality, and types of cuisine available at the area's many fine restaurants, which range from the unpretentious to the less-unpretentious.\r
All that said, my wife and I went to Asia in Atwater for the first time last night and had one of the best dining experiences we have had in LA. We started with a delectable spicy shrimp salad. My wife had ""the best pork chop she has ever had"" as a main course, while I had an amazing lamb dish that incorporated mango and avocado perfectly. Further, the chef actually came out of the kitchen to help us pair wines to our dishes -- not once, but twice. The service was not speedy, nor would you want it to be when you are savoring every bite. More importantly, the service was incredibly attentive, and the recommendations were superb. Let the record reflect that we are not celebrities. We are average people who were treated like royalty.\r
We then each had wonderful chocolate and/or mocha mousse-cake type desserts that were absolutely fantastic, again paired perfectly with dessert wines. And this cost us all a little over $100. (I have no idea how the reviewer below managed to spend $226, unless they ordered Dom Perignon and whale caviar). For one of the best meals we have had in this city, it was worth it.\r
Asia is not a restaurant you necessarily come to for lunch on a Tuesday, but it's a great (the best we have found on the East Side) upscale option where you can celebrate once in awhile. If you think it's too expensive, go to Yuca's, or go to Good, or go to Il Capricio, or Niko Niko (places my wife and I also frequent and like very much), but once in a while, it is worth it to have a dining experience like this.
Pros: Creative and Delectable California Cuisine, Great Atmosphere, Attentive Serivce