The restaurant is located on route 13 on your way leaving New Castle and going toward Dover. Asian House is located in Beaverbrook Plaza where suburban sprawl will remind you that it has been a long time since beavers were comfortable in this neighborhood (those nineteenth century trappers were effective). The store front to the restaurant might have been located in Hong Kong, Tokyo, or New York City, but the business has grown up here. Many of the local people in the neighborhood commute for their workday, and much farther than the City of Wilmington.
Once inside the metal frame door – just off to the right – the assembled lacquer topped tables are not just clean – the decor shines. The menu is typical for Asian and Japanese fare, Shrimp Tempura, Egg Fu Yung, Chop Suey, and Tofu with vegetables to be sure. It you have lived through an era of picking up Chinese on Friday nights, you probably already know what you want to eat, and the dish is on this menu.
The pork fried rice is good. The Won Ton Soup is exceptionally good, and it manages to cut through the damp fall day’s cold outside. The shrimp and broccoli is low on spices, probably in deference to the corporate middle class with children tastes of this Beaverbrook neighborhood. Too soon the moment for dining has passed before you in preparation for the errands attached to your pragmatic weekend survival. The big screen overhanging the dining room has remained silent while only flashing pictures of Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton talking on Sunday A.M. television. The Asian musicals in the background seem to never end and never begin engulfing the scene offset with the sound of flowing water coming from the pastoral scene in the close-by table-top fountain.
Clear crystal balls organize the restaurant scene into groups of tables and smaller intimate booths. Only late in your visit have you noticed that a group of the glass balls forms the shapes of a dangling hearts slowly changing colors in a light show of prism shades. The white bridges and white sailing vessel porcelain figures on shelves behind the bar held your interest before the last course of superior tasting Crab Rangoon. Their pastry covered seafood dish has improved your enjoyment with every bite; there are probably other specialty dishes if one took the time to brave the long list. Asian House does have a carry out menu for people who live in the New Castle area. Their business telephone number is 302-276-1897.
More than a pleasant interlude has been here for a weekend day; respite has occurred.