By Connor Beach
For the last two and a half years, T.O.A has been serving up a taste of Asia to hungry diners along New York Avenue in Huntington village.
The restaurant’s mix of Japanese, Chinese and Thai influences gives the menu a unique flare, but “it’s the quality of our food that really sets T.O.A. apart,” said general manager Katie Moore.
Moore, of Huntington, who has been managing T.O.A. for two years, said the hot Chinese-style dishes and the sushi are some of the top sellers at T.O.A., but the recent addition of poke bowls to the menu has had customers’ mouths watering.
The bowls containing bite-sized pieces of raw fish are “very popular,” Moore said, and can be customized to include a variety of seafood and toppings.
T.O.A. offers nightly specials four days a week, and Monday night any poke bowl is $12. The restaurant’s happy hour deals Monday through Saturday on appetizers, draft beers, wine and cocktails bring in a vibrant crowd to supplement the usual rush for lunch and dinner, Moore added.
“Huntington is a great town,” Moore said. “We always have a great buzz and a fun atmosphere.”
T.O.A. also operates a Farmingdale location, and plans are in the works to open a third restaurant in Sayville.
For diners who would rather enjoy a taste of Asia in their own living rooms, T.O.A. offers take-out and delivery options. Customers who order online receive 15 percent off their order.
From seafood lovers to vegetarians, everyone is sure to find the perfect dish on the menu at T.O.A.
Under appetizers, Lobster Tacos ($12) feature ceviche style Maine lobster, mango salsa, cilantro and jalapeno. The crunchy shell is a perfect vehicle from which to enjoy the creamy and decadent lobster filling that makes this appetizer an addicting bite.
The Duck Tacos ($12) include duck breast, mixed greens, avocado and cucumber wrapped in a tortilla and topped with a honey mustard and hoisin sauce. All of the flavors of a traditional Peking duck dish are combined into a modern dish that highlights the fusion theme of the restaurant.
Pineapple Fried Rice ($16 with shrimp) is fried rice with pineapple, cashews, zucchini and shrimp. The pineapple and cashew flavor shine through in this playful take on a well-known dish.
T.O.A.’s Special Poke Bowl ($12.95) features salmon, tuna, shrimp, scallops, seaweed salad, mango, onion crisps, edamame, avocado and sriracha aioli. The dish has a nice amount of spice from the sriracha that is countered well by the fresh, cooling flavors of the seafood, mango and avocado. The fish is fresh and delicately balanced in a bowl that is full different flavors and textures.
From the wok, Szechuan Crispy Dry Beef ($23) features shredded dried beef and mixed vegetables sautéed with a Szechuan sauce. The Asian flavors really come through in this stir-fry style dish. The spice from the peppers adds another dimension of flavor that compliments the Szechuan sauce.
Char Grilled Chilean Sea Bass ($26) is a marinated sea bass served with mixed vegetables and miso sake dressing. The miso glaze extenuates the char on the bass, while the moist and tender fish almost melts in your mouth.
A meal at T.O.A. is not complete with a dish from the sushi bar. A Sashimi Dinner ($24) includes 18 pieces of sashimi from the daily selection of seafood specials. Fresh fish is a necessity in any sushi restaurant, and T.O.A. has plenty of it. The sashimi is a work of art from the talented sushi chefs that routinely turn out beautiful and tasty raw seafood creations.
Diners with any room left after dinner can try the soft and sweet Tempura Fried Oreos that are topped with whipped cream and served with a bowl of vanilla iced cream.
The Asian fusion dishes at T.O.A. take diners on a culinary journey across East Asia that is sure to leave you wanting more.