It’s a huge red flag when a restaurant describes themselves as fusion! Fusion cuisine usually means that they’ve taken ethnic food and tried to transform it to be different but also charge much higher prices than the authentic ethnic cuisine. I usually try to avoid places that are fusion since they don’t have a good track record of success. It empties out my wallet and the food itself isn’t that great.
I found myself there on a double date just this past weekend at a Vietnamese fusion restaurant. A couple we like to go out with chose the place and we decided to try it. An hour later the bill arrives and it was a lovely whopping $140 before tax and tip even! Did we order everything off the menu? Not quite.
2 cocktails and 2 beers
Shrimp dish with only 4 shrimp and some dried out jasmine rice
Baby octopus over fried brussel sprouts
Fried taro spring rolls
Salt and pepper squid
The portions weren’t very large either and all the dishes weren’t worth it. The fusion element of it all was mostly transforming Vietnamese flavors into something more palatable for the average American. For the price we all agreed that it wasn’t a place we would come back to. Another fusion restaurant that I wasn’t impressed with! Wish i could get that $35 back and instead spend $10 on a huge meal at an authentic Vietnamese restaurant.
When it comes to fusion cuisine it’s generally not worth it.
Fusion restaurants are generally found in upper middle class neighborhoods where there aren’t a lot of authentic ethnic foods. Thus the higher prices since it’s in a nicer neighborhood and there aren’t any cheap ethnic restaurants around to cut its prices. Usually some kind of gimmick is involved like a nice view of the city or refined dining space.
Food isn’t always up to par
When it comes to using the word fusion it’s usually interpreted in many different ways. It means that they don’t have to taste like authentic ethnic food and they can change it up however they want. Many times this leads to food that really isn’t tasty at all but is marked up because it’s trendy.
I’m always up for trying something new especially when it involves food! Hearing the cuisine described as fusion definitely makes me think twice. I love eating out and saving money so throwing money on bad food obviously isn’t good.
What is something you try to avoid because you know it’s going to be pricey and not worth it?