We put Anna’s Asian Cafe in Kathleen to the test and they passed with flying colors. A group of 12 of us descended on Anna’s on a Tuesday evening and were served promptly and graciously under the circumstances.
It’s a nondescript place, near the movie theater and the coffee shop. Because of the dark windows, people often walk up to make sure it’s open. Inside, there are booths and movable tables in a section to the left of the entrance, where take-out orders are made.
We tried a bunch of appetizers, all moderately priced. The crab rangoon will always be my favorite, even though there was not a lot of crab flavor in these. But they were perfectly fried and gooey in the right places, and for $4.95 for eight, it’s a pretty good deal.
I wanted to like the tuna tataki because it was different and ambitious, but the seared tuna on the outside and rare on the inside was just OK, and for $8.95 I needed it to taste brighter and be more tender.
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The spring rolls and egg rolls, for $1.35 each and $3.75 for two, respectively, tasted handmade and we enjoyed the bowls of sauce that came with them. We tried the dumplings, both steamed and fried, and both ways were delicious. These little pockets of pork were $5.95 for eight and were one of the hits of the evening.
The four-piece shrimp tempura was good but not anything special for $5.95 and the sweet donuts, 10 for $4.25, were snatched up and devoured like hot cakes.
After reading the reviews online, we wanted to try the sushi. Our visitors had come from all over the country and had all spent time in Washington, D.C., so many of them considered themselves sushi connoisseurs.
Keeping it simple, we tried the crunchy shrimp roll for $6.25 and the ubiquitous California roll for $5.25. They were very loosely rolled and just OK. The crunchy roll was served with so much sauce it was hard to discern the flavor of the interior ingredients.
The restaurant recently added pad thai to the menu, which several of us ordered. Other than an odd smell that we all noticed, the flavor was good and the serving was large enough to have for two more meals. The miso soup had a strange flavor I couldn’t quite figure out; and the General Tso’s was pretty good, but not spicy at all. Most dishes are less than $7 for lunch and between $10 and $12 for dinner.
Our service was pleasant and other diners seem to be enjoying themselves, but the food was just on the higher side of average on this visit. Perhaps the size of our group altered the usual quality of the meals, but this visit did not live up to the reputation the restaurant had in previous years.
Anna’s Asian Cafe
Address: 1117 Ga. 96, Suite 108, Kathleen
Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, noon-10 p.m. Sunday
Payment: Cash, credit
Kids Menu: Yes
Noise Level: Low
Health Rating: 87
Price range: $5.95-$13.95
Rating: 2.5 stars