Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Fusion Cuisine

We recently passed a restaurant that said that it offered, simply, "fusion cuisine". It occurred to me that that's not really very descriptive. This is a "fusion" of what types of cuisine?

Can I get spaghetti & matzoh balls? Maybe some nice tandoori crab cakes? A big slab of lutefisk in bearnaise sauce? A little sauerbraten au gratin? How many rolls do I get with haggis sushi?

Then again, why do I assume that we're limited to "fusing" only two kinds of cuisine?

I'd like a plate of the stir-fried herring in garam masala, please. Can I substitute refried beans for the fried okra that comes with the toad-in-the-hole? How fresh is the reindeer in the paella aspic?

Heck, since we've completely left the box here, why limit it to just the food that's being offered?

Is it acceptable to eat grits a la greque with chopsticks? Should you remove your shoes when entering Sukiyaki's Irish Pub & Deli? Do you need a lobster bib for those pickled escargot tacos?

For what it's worth, we really did see "Bill & Harry's Chinese Restaurant" on the latest excursion. Wish I'd had a camera with me. It seems to me that anyone who wants to open a Chinese restaurant and chooses to call it "Bill & Harry's" is just advertising the fact that they're not very good decision makers. Not at all sure I'd trust the food there.

It's good to be back in Washington, where every restaurant in the city, no matter the ethnicity, is serving "tapas". Except for weekends until 1:00, where the only meal available is brunch. Maybe this weekend I'll have a kippers florentine omelet.


Dog name said...

Personally, I prefer non-fusion cuisine: 100% french or 100% chinese, or something else. Then I go to different types of restaurants.

Gilahi said...

I would tend to agree. We didn't actually go into the "fusion cuisine" restaurant. I'm something of an Asian food (Thai, Vietnamese, etc.) fan myself.

Dixie said...

This website has frightened me off of fusion foods forever.*

I've posted one of their scarier products.

*The alliteration was accidental, but I liked it, so I left it.

Gilahi said...

Dixie - Ick. Not sure I'd call that candy bar "exotic". More like "disgusting".

So you liked and left the lucky alliteration?

GreenCanary said...
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GreenCanary said...

I am with dog. I prefer my food to be fusion-less.

Gilahi said...

I suspect most of us would agree with dog. I'm guessing that's why you see so many ethnic restaurants compared to the "fusion" restaurants.

I do like hummus with tortilla chips, though.

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