Category Archives: fusion

town. – Ottawa

I was searching for another option for dinner and found a lot of recommendations for Town.  It’s a modern Italian fusion bistro that’s famous for its meatballs.

yes peas cocktail

scallop crudo….

salt cod fritters.… regular croquettes…

grilled octopus salad…. the octopus wasn’t fresh cause it tasted a bit mushy….

ricotta stuffed meatballs…. the famous meatballs! It was actually so good!  The addition of cheese into meatballs made it more juicy and added texture.  The best dish in this restaurant.

Italian Ramen: capellini gratin, mushrooms, pork, 6 minute egg, crispy chicken skin.. let’s just say I prefer real ramen…

I guess it’s because the meal I had at Play Food Wine was so taste-bud blowing that this dinner at town. was less stellar in comparison.

FAIM? OUI OUI!!

town.

296 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON K2P 1M3, Canada
+1 613-695-8696

Jean-Georges – New York City

I wanted to have one mini splurge meal in New York so my friend suggested lunch at Jean-Georges.  It has 3 Michelin stars and the 2-course lunch is only $48! (it used to be $38 only).

I’ve been to Market by Jean-Georges in Vancouver but this restaurant in New York is the group’s flagship restaurant.

very minimalist decor…

For the 2 courses, there’s a choice of more than 20 dishes!

Started off with a trio of amuse bouche, which I forgot what it was…. but I remember it having an Asian twist to it..

spinach or melon soup???

Santa Barbara Sea Urchin, Black Bread, Jalapeno and Yuzu…mom picked this… the Yuzu covered any seafoody taste of the urchin.. very fresh!

Yellowfin Tuna Ribbons, Avocado and Spicy Radish, Ginger Marinade…. Dad and I both ordered this as this was a signature dish..very fresh tuna and the sauce used paired really well with the fish (better than just plain soy sauce and wasabi)…

black bass, crusted with Nuts and Seeds, Sweet and Sour Jus…. the parents both ordered this… i had a bite.. the fish was extremely tender and the skin was so crispy..

Seared Salmon, Cherry Tomatoes, Crispy Rice, Miso-Yuzu Broth… when I ordered this, the server mentioned that the salmon would be undercooked.. and this is why the salmon tasted to tender.  The fish didn’t have a strong taste since it wasn’t concentrated miso but miso broth.  I also liked the different in texture of the accompanying tomatoes, tofu and crispy rice.

We decided to order 2 dessert samplers ($12 each)

FIG dessert sampler (Fig Financier, Raspberries, Ginger Syrup and Spiced Fig Jam, Soft Chocolate, Almond Milk Sorbet)

CHOCOLATE dessert sample:  White Chocolate Ice Cream, Yuzu Sorbet,  Warm Chocolate Cake, Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

FAIM? OUI OUI!!!!

Jean-Georges

1 Central Park West, New York, NY 10023, United States
+1 212-299-3900

Má Pêche – New York City

Apart from the Milk Bar, I also want to eat something else of David Chang’s.  All the Momofuku restaurants are in the East Village except Má Pêche.  Its location in Midtown West is perfect for a pre-show meal…we ate here before going to Wicked.

Má Pêche is a fusion dim-sum restaurant but the decor is nothing like your typical Chinese dim-sum restaurant.  It’s set up more as a contemporary western restaurant.

Like a Chinese restaurant, the servers push carts around the restaurant for people to pick their choice.  I didn’t like Má Pêche’s cart-rolling method.  It was kind of unsanitary because none of the dishes are covered.  The servers basically spray their saliva all over the dishes because they explain each dish to each table.  Also, with no covers, the hot dishes were served warm.

 watermelon salad ( slices of watermelon with egg salad, cucumber, and fried chicken skin in between)……. another inventive dish with watermelon. Like Rose’s, $13 for watermelon and potato.. not really worth it..

Momofuku’s famous pork bun…. It was pretty good.. but kind of messy to eat with because the pork is too big for the bun and keep sliding out…

soft-shell crab bun.. this was kinda spicy but it’s unique… never had this anywhere

 lobster fried rice… this was our favourite dish as the lobster made the fried rice very fragrant. We ordered 2 of this!

Was a bit disappointed by this meal…. pricey for what you get (80+USD for a few dimsum choices.. and we weren’t even full)

O! and this doesn’t really work for a pre-show meal.  The dimsum carts move around so slow and each cart only have a few dishes.  By the time it went to a few tables, the choices you want are gone… and then you have to wait for another cart.

FAIM? un peu….!!

Má Pêche

15 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019, United States
Phone:+1 212-757-5878

Rose’s Luxury – Washington, D.C.

I’m wayyyyyyyyyyyy behind with my posts but I’m going to skip all the previous eats and blog about the “best new restaurant” in America, Rose’s Luxury.  This is another one of those crazy waits as Rose’s was just rated by Bon Appétit as the best new restaurant last month and it doesn’t take reservations.

When I first researched on DC eats, Rose’s hasn’t been named best new restaurant yet so I didn’t anticipate the 2-4 hour waits… until the hotel concierge told me to arrive by 4pm to line up for dinner.  Rose’s opens at 5:30……

We got there at 3:55pm and was 2nd in line.  I made new friends while waiting in so it made the 95 mins pass by in a flash.  They were foodies and gave great foodie recommendations for DC and NYC.  Thanks!!! By 5pm, there were around 80 people in line! A patrolling officer passed by and said this was the shortest line he’s seen…..

Rose’s Luxury serves southern comfort dishes with a Mexican, Asian and European flare.  The chef had previously worked with David Chang, of Momofuku! which we would try at our next stop in NY.

bing cherry, basil, lime, ginger beer….very interesting combination and oh so refreshing.. I think I’ll add beer to my homemade juices now.

Our new friend in line has a friend who’s a frequent VIP patron of Rose’s … so all the dishes we ordered were his recommendations:

sesame bread with butter drizzled in honey and topped with sesame and salt.. the honey butter just turns normal bread into a sophisticated side..

pork sausage, habanero and lychee salad…. this is their most famous dish… This dish requires mixing to infuse the flavours together.. Interesting approach to an Asian salad…

when mixed together, it looks something like this

watermelon salad with feta cream, black olive oil and watermelon radish.. tasted very freshing with hints of sweetness and saltiness… but was it worth 12 USD for cubes of watermelon????? It seems like the chef likes fruit salad.. I should try making it too..

mexican grilled corn salad, guajillo, lime and cilantro…. simple dish but made with sophistication..

honey -glazed carrots, mascarpone, matzo meal and dill... I feel like this dish is very healthy and organic..yumm! baby carrots!

linguitinni with saffron, shrimp, butter and lemon… this was our most favourite dish cause it has the most flavour.. buttery and strong shrimp taste.. yummm

classic cacio e pepe…. this was a free sample!  Classic cheese and pepper pasta…and even with this simplicity, this dish shines.

sfoglini rigatoni with melted heirloom tomatoes, basil and eggplant….. another classic pasta dish..but the sauce tasted very fresh… and obviously, the pasta was al dente.

English pea cake, mint curd, pistachios and buttermilk… This is ultimate dessert eye candy…. The presentation of this dessert is that of an English garden.. it tasted exquisite….. pieces of cake, mixed with all my favourite things, mint, pistachios and buttermilk.. ughhh so good!

goat’s milk stracciatella, raspberries, spicy meringue….. this was another free sample! The stracciatella, when paired with the spicy meringue, was a winning combination for the taste buds as it neutralizes each flavour.  For those who don’t like goat’s milk, you can’t really taste it.

smoked celery root mascarpone with chamermile honey ice and brown butter-walnut crumble…. This was sorta like my breakfast yogurt parfait.. but not really.. as the ingredients used were so unique… smoked celery root..   Who would have ever thought of it?

Apart from the food, the dining experience at Rose’s also includes the environment, ambiance and the staff.  As its name implies, dining here was really luxurious.  I felt like dining at Anthropology.. all the woodwork and pretty plates. The staff were all so cheerful and seriously, where else have you dined at with free plates of samples?

So the questions I got asked most after dining here were:

Was it worth the wait?  Yes, for 1.5 hours… but no if I had to wait longer than that…

Is it the best new restaurant in America?   The food and flavours here are inventive and I had a great dinner.. but best? I haven’t eaten at other contender restaurants.

Would I go again?  For the price, no. It came to around 150 USD for 3 people.. and we weren’t full!   If there were new dishes (the menu changes frequently) and a short wait.. and if I lived in DC, then yes.

FAIM? OUI OUI!!

Rose’s Luxury

717 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003, United States
+1 202-580-8889

School Food – Hong Kong

Another new overseas restaurant to land in HK is School Food.  School Food is a popular Korean fusion chain restaurant from Seoul and obviously, there are guaranteed lineups.

Got there before 6 and I had to line up for only 5 minutes. Score!

You can’t really see but the neon signs on the wall says the food served.. Topoki, rice, soup etc..

Bloomingmari .. I thought it was their tagline cause I see it in their ads.. but it turns out to be a Kimbap (roll) dish..

blooming mari (beef kimbap)…  love this fusion version.. egg wrapped outside, beef and pickles inside.  This was served warm.. never had warm kimbap before.  yumm!

squid ink mari….squid ink rice rolled around fried calamari and pickles and wrapped in seaweed…  this was soo yummy! slightly spicy though…

loved the presentation of the kimbap rolls.. so artistic! pan grilled butter bibimbap with pickles (soy)

deconstructed view…  usually bibimbap is made up of vegetables, pickles and meat but this version has egg, pickles and shredded meat…this tasted sooooooo buttery.. the butter made the rice taste very smooth while the meat and pickles gave this dish a crunch factor.. yummm

I love the fusion food at School Food.. I’ll probably go back in the near future to try out their fusion topoki (with carbonara sauce!)

FAIM? OUI OUI!!!

School Food 

Shop 1302, 13/F, Times Square, 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay

Tel: 2480 3666

The Oakwood Canadian Bistro – Vancouver

My friend and I planned to have dinner in Kitsilano and I yelped to see what’s good.. and it turns out the Oakwood is ranked #3!  I pass Oakwood almost daily and didn’t realize it existed!

It’s a gastropub and has the small plates concept…

warm kale salad, cauliflower, sprouts, lemon parmesan dressing, buttermilk onions…. Loved the warm kale.. and the baked cauliflower!  This was so good I tried to make it at home!

tuna raw, blueberry soy albacore, puffed rice, horseradish aioli, sesame snow…this was really good.. heavy Asian influence… the sesame snow is so good.. it’s made by solidifying sesame oil.. yummy but unhealthy!

Salt Spring mussels, lemon, garlic, white wine butter broth, smoke essence…. plump mussels…. loved the sauce

kept dipping the bread into the sauce!

The dinner at Oakwood blew me away and I kept raving to everyone about the food!  Kinda pricey… but worth it!

FAIM? OUI OUI!!

The Oakwood Canadian Bistro

2741 W 4th Ave  Vancouver, BC V6K 1P9
(604) 558-1965

Girl & the Goat – Chicago

Girl & the Goat, the culinary brainchild of Top Chef winner Stephanie Izard, has been Chicago’s IT restaurant since it opened 3 years ago.  The restaurant is one of the toughest to get a reservation and is fully booked months in advance.

Since this was a spur of a moment trip, I didn’t even try reserving.  The concierge suggested that I try for a walk-in table at 4:30pm on a weekday.. and maybe I’ll get a table within an hour.  So that was my plan……. until… my fingers got itchy and decided to see if there were any cancellations on Opentable.  AND THERE WAS! 7:15pm for 4 people on the next day (our last night in Chicago).   Seriously.. this was just MEANT TO BE!  The next availability was 7 weeks later for a 9:30 pm slot.

 So we headed to West Loop again.. It’s like 2 blocks away from The Publican on West Randolph.. which is THE restaurant street.  Located across the street is Little Goat Diner, which Stephanie Izard opened late last year.

The restaurant, lounge and bar were dimly lit and loud.. and totally emitted the IT vibe.  Instead of sitting at the long communal tables rubbing limbs with the adjacent diner and shouting to get heard, we had our own 4 person table by the windows.  This is yet another sign to prove that that reservation was meant for me!

 The Girl and the Goat.. cartoonized..

 Goat everywhere!

 Cool thing about the menu is, it’s split into 3 sections: vegetable, fish and meat.  It’s a small plate sharing concept.. so we decide to get 3 dishes per category.

roasted beets (green beans . white anchovy . avocado creme fraiche . bread crumb).….the beets tasted really sweet.. couldn’t taste the avocado though…

ham frites (smoke tomato aioli, cheddar beer sauce)…love this! .next time I fry frozen-fries at home, I’m gonna add bacon bits…

chickpea fritters (caponata . mozzarella . tomatillo aioli)….interesting.. the chickpeas are mashed and fried.. the texture reminded me of fried tofu…

 grilled baby octopus (guanciale . favas . radish pods . pistachios . lemon vinaigrette)….it tasted like  Asian-style cooking..

 wood oven roasted pig face (sunny side egg, tamarind, cilantro, red wine-maple, potato stix)…… one of the famous dishes… no, it’s not the entire face roasted… the name is misleading.. but just some meat from the face.. the meat was tender.. and the crispy potato sticks gives it an interesting texture…

pan fried shishito peppers  (parmesan . sesame . miso)… another famous dish.. some peppers were spicy!  couldn’t really taste the sesame/miso…

escargot ravioli  (bacon . tamarind-miso sauce)…. another famous dish.. but the flavour of this dish isn’t strong enough… first time having escargot wrapped in pasta!

sauteed green beans (fish sauce vinaigrette . cashews)… another dish that tasted Asian…

crisp braised pork shank (nectarine kimchee, buttermilk dressing, naan)… the meat could be more tender… I don’t eat kimchee.. but this was an exception… loved the fruitiness!

As you can see from the description of each dish, the food here has a very strong Asian inspiration…which probably is why the food is good. However, I don’t think it’s worth the 5 months advance reservations…..

FAIM? OUI OUI!!!

Girl & the Goat

809 W Randolph St

Chicago, IL 60607, United States

+1 312-492-6262