I know it has been a few months since I went to Cassia, but I have been twice now, and there is one dish that really stands out for me.
The first time I went, unfortunately it was with a few who had dietary restrictions so the ordering process wasnt so easy. The one thing we could agree on was the Vietnamese Pot au Feu – Creekstone Farms short rib stew, potatoes, cabbage, carrots, bone marrow, grilled bread, bird’s eye chile sauce, walnut mustard – a bowl that is designed for sharing and slurping.
The second time I went, it was with a wonderful crowd of ‘eaters’ so we ordered the toast, a few vegetable sides, and the Laksa, along with the Pot au Feu (under my recommendation of course) and again it was divine. That’s not to say that the other dishes weren’t also delicious but the Pot au Feu is mouthwatering. My sincere recommendation is to take the bone marrow out of the bone and mix it into the broth before serving. Its not a big dish so you do need to supplement it with other dishes, but the simplicity of the dish and the flavors are so fresh and wonderful.
What the Pot au Feu does for the restaurant is it embodies the sense of family sharing which is lost on a lot of restaurants but key to Asian dining. Sharing style/family style revolves around warm, chatter silencing, flavorful and calming food. Whether eating in the main dining hall or outside among the heating lamps, Cassia is a wonderfully cozy spot with just enough spunk.