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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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  1. The outdoor dining set up in the parking lot at Cassia.
    Photograph: Courtesy Elise Freimuth
  2. Fried cauliflower, kaya toast, and curry laksa soup at Cassia in Santa Monica.
    Photograph: Courtesy Rick Poon
  3. Clay oven bread with young soybean puree, Koda Farms chickpea curry and Vietnamese pate at Cassia
    Photograph: Courtesy Rick Poon
  4. A close-up shot of the curry laksa with egg and shrimp at Cassia in Santa Monica.
    Photograph: Courtesy Rick Poon
  5. Spicy Wontons with cod, shrimp, country ham, Napa cabbage, roasted chile oil
    Photograph: Courtesy Anne Fishbein

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

The Ngs' uniquely Californian take on Southeast Asian cuisine has rendered Cassia a permanent fixture in Santa Monica's Italian-dominated dining scene.

Once known for Spice Table in the early 2010s, chefs Bryant and Kim Ng have firmly established themselves in the upper echelons of Santa Monica dining with their upscale Southeast Asian restaurant, Cassia. Drawing inspiration from across the region, the husband-and-wife duo has managed to keep its dinner menu weekend destination-worthy. Take, for example, Cassia’s kaya toast, one of the only renditions across all of L.A. Served with a soft egg, it’s a sweet beginning to a dinner that might include Indonesian beef rendang bathed in creamy coconut curry, served with a side of clay oven bread, or a charcuterie fried rice combining Louisiana tasso and Chinese sausage. Note: Their Vietnamese coffee pudding topped with whipped cream is worth saving the extra room for dessert.

Patricia Kelly Yeo
Written by
Patricia Kelly Yeo


1314 7th St
Santa Monica
Opening hours:
Sun-Weds 5-10pm; Fri-Sat 5-9pm
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