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Published January 2nd 2014
Little Asia, mostly Chinese
Just out of Williamstown proper, behind a Feng Shui appropriate orange door you'll find the latest addition to the Douglas Parade shop fronts: Little Asia. The sign out the front touts that you'll find 'contemporary Asian cuisine' within.
It does have some funky, almost retro, interior decoration - perhaps inherited from its café predecessor - but the cuisine is anything but 'contemporary Asian'. I guess the corn-beefed sandwich on the menu could be called 'fusion' if you really wanted to talk it up. More likely it is a nod to the lunch time crowd of main street workers after a quick bite and a coffee (iced or hot).
Yep, that says sandwich
It harks back to the days when a Chinese restaurant had to offer steak and chips if it was to have any hope of attracting a primarily Anglo-Saxon custom. Long suffering 1970 Aussie housewives would be no hope of dragging their moustachioed, hairy chested husbands to a foreign restaurant without the promise of meat and three veg.
Beside the sandwiches on the lunch menu, Little Asia offers only the standard Cantonese dishes you'll find in any food court: beef black-bean, lemon chicken, sweet and sour pork etc. There is very little of the rest of Asia - perhaps a statement re Chinese territorial aspirations - beside a Laksa and a bit of roti bread.
I was slightly disappointed, expecting something more modern given the whole 'contemporary' thing. At least the prices are very reasonable; you're looking at under $20 a main. Apart for that there's nothing too thrilling about this rather chic looking establishment.