At lunchtime, the Rosslyn branch of Cafe Asia bustles like a Hong Kong market. The open kitchen, slightly sunken, is a-bob with chefs' toques, and a multitude of servers and managerial types hurry this way and that with all the importance of a presidential detail. From the outside, the restaurant's effect is a little bit chilly. Ceilings are high, the tables low, and minimalist bent wood chairs suggest that comfort here might be hard to come by. In fact, the chairs are quite nice to sit on and the clean, cool lines of the interior work well with the crisp presentation of the food.
As the name suggests, this is pan-Asian cuisine and though it seems to cater particularly well to the sushi-lover, Indonesian, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Korean specialties all feature. The menu, as a result, is extensive.
During happy hour, 5:30 to 7:30, the price of sushi drops to $1.50 a piece. Order some to have alongside your Red China house cocktail made from Chambourg, vodka and lime.
-- Alexa Beattie