SANTA MONICA—The Westside welcomed a much anticipated newcomer to the Santa Monica restaurant scene last weekend: a southeast Asian-fusion restaurant dubbed Cassia. After Bryant and Kim Ng’s much loved Downtown restaurant, Spice Table, was closed due to MTA plans, they partnered up with Santa Monica restaurant owners Zoe Nathan and Josh Loeb to create the culinary collaboration residents have long been awaiting—for 2 years, precisely.
Like the Ng’s, Nathan and Loeb have already made a mark on the LA food scene with their ever-popular restaurants Rustic Canyon, Milo & Olive, Huckleberry and Sweet Rose Creamery. In regards to the opening, Loeb told LA Weekly, “we’re making a project that is greater than either of us could have done on our own.”
Cassia will be housed at the corner of 7th and Arizona in a 1937 Art Deco building, which was once the home to a Verizon call routing center. The 200-seat restaurant is divided into five distinct sections, including an outdoor patio. One restaurant attendee on Yelp wrote that, “the restaurant is very spacious and beautiful! The atmosphere was very lively.”
The French-Asian menu ranges from meats to seafood to noodles to charcuterie, and is accompanied by an extensive wine and cocktail program..
Hours are 5:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursdays, with the restaurant staying open to midnight on Friday and Saturdays. Starting June 23, they will be accepting reservation via phone or website.
1314 7th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401