Fusion🌪💫

Fusion🌪💫

Fusion food - Asian, Western, Mediterranean & all the mix and matches restaurants offer!🙇🏻‍♀️ Ratings take into consideration price of the dish, quality of the dish, and overall service and ambience of the location if applicable!🌟
Jaslyn T.
Jaslyn T.

I’d imagine aglio olio to have the elements of both garlicky and spicy, but I guess they were trying to do a Japanese fusion take on it. With the seaweed and perhaps soy-based sauce, this “aglio olio” had an oddly sweet umami flavour that didn’t really blend well with the overall dish. This really didn’t hit the spot for me.

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Offtrack is a cosy restaurant centred around a music theme. Serving pan-Asian food and a wide range of drinks, the ambience is suitable for date nights or just chill drinks with friends. Was recommended by the staff that this was a crowd favourite, and was pleased as to how it the flavours really came through. Thinly battered then fried, the oyster mushroom was crisp yet delicately soft, and the five spiced salt made it a savoury starter to begin your meal. I can see how too much of this might be overwhelming in saltiness though, so I’d recommend sharing this. House ranch dip was a nice creamy complement to the oyster mushrooms!

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I personally thought that the idea of this sounded great, but it did not come together as well as I’d imagined. The Ah Hua Kelong squid was huge and fresh, and while definitely a good thing, I thought that squid chunks were a tad bit inappropriate for battered squid. On top of the fact that the batter that day felt a bit thick, I would have also preferred it to be more bite-sized, especially as a side, so that the curried and herbaceous notes could be better appreciated with ever bite. However, if you love squid, you could probably still give this a try, as it seems like a pretty acquired experience.

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An interesting taste but I was not too big of a fan. Garlic flavour was not apparent enough for me, and it was also on the cheesier side. So if you that’s what you’d like I’d recommend it, thought $16 for a seemingly simple plate of nooodles may feel a bit pricey for some. Props to the texture of the la mian though, the qq texture really bounced with every chew!

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Had the creamy salted egg chicken spaghetti the last time I came and it did not impress me much, but the creamy tom yum chicken fared way differently. The sauce was a good balance of creamy, sour, and spicy, coming together with a pretty generous amount of chicken. This is definitely filling enough for a small eater, and even if you find the portion for this on the smaller side, fret not as you will be treated with Just Acia’s quintessential free flow ice cream after.

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My first brush with Li Yuan Mee Pok was on Ghib Ojisan's youtube, when he patronised the stall over at Boon Lay. First thought — interesting.. but..? I don't know what would follow, all I knew was there was a but. Now that they have opened a branch in the East, I decided to give it a go.

I went for the Japanese Miso Mee Kia, because I was feeling for thinner noodles rather than the thicker alternative, mee pok, that day. I went for the dry option as well upon recommendation by the staff, and then opted for the miso flavour. Although I went slightly after lunch period, I waited for about 10-15 minutes, primarily because it seemed like the cook was very meticulous in cooking and placing all the necessary ingredients in the bowl. You see, I really didn't know what to expect with this fusion mee kia. In fact, it is such a quintessential dish in my life that I didn't think I could envision it in any form. But when I placed this bowl in front of me — I could see why it is truly a Japanese-Singapore fusion meal. On first look, all the essentials in a mee pok — fishcake, minced pork, meatballs, and then slices of Japanese chashu standing out. Not forgetting, this bowl of noodles was drizzled with lard. You could smell it, the fragrance, together with the very apparent Japanese miso aroma. The chashu was also decent enough, tender and not all just fat. Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised with how well-executed this fusion bowl of noodles was. Throughout the meal, there was indeed a stark miso flavour, but it does not really take away the baseline flavours of Singaporean mee pok.

So back to my first thought: interesting.. but..? BUT you have to really like and appreciate BOTH Japanese and Mee Pok flavours in order to truly enjoy this, if not I don't think anybody would be ever willing to spend $7 on mee pok in a coffeeshop. I do think that it is a worth a try for its interesting fusion flavours and splendid execution, but I also believe that many Singaporeans are satisfied with their more affordably priced mee pok, that is also spicier and equally flavourful in its own right.

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A relatively fresh face in the Bedok cafe scene, Star Brew by Laughing Cafe occupies a small space within the neighbourhood of Bedok North. A humble and unassuming facade, Star Brew offers fusion food that I believe is worth a shot. If you live around the area, I highly recommend patronising them for a drink, small bite, or even beer, all filled with cozy vibes! While the current menu is limited in options, I am hoping that this cafe will take on a more ambitious direction of expanding their menu to deliver more ambitious dishes and flavours — because I am sure the staff and cooks have so much potential and greater things to offer!

My favorite here was the mentaiko ebi pizza. A good portion for one, the pizza crust was thin and topped with a good amount of crunchy shrimps. The best part about this pizza was the generous topping of mentaiko mayo that made the pizza absolutely creamy and full of mentai flavour, as well as the very flamboyant torching of the sauce right before your eyes. Finished off with a huge amount of nori seaweed, it really gave every bite of pizza a good crunch. I do find myself craving this sometimes!

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This pasta really packs a umami punch. Super flavourful and tasty, and a slightly sweet node in the sauce. However, after a while, the sauce becomes slightly thicker which makes the pasta feel much heavier than I would’ve liked. Nonetheless, I thoroughly enjoyed the flavours in this dish. The bonito flakes gave an interesting texture to the linguine as well. I think it’s definitely worth a try, however, it must be acknowledged that this is a bit pricey for what it is worth.

Cafe is a place with chill vibes and conveniently located at the mall. It wasn’t too crowded when I went on a weekday, and service staff were relatively polite👍🏻

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Mentaiko chitarra with soft boiled egg, cream, plum, and seaweed.
The mentaiko chitarra was absolutely yummy. The spaghetti alla chitarra proved to be the right choice of pasta with this Japanese fusion dish, simply because it’s thickness emulated that of udon noodles🤣. But on top of that, the chitarra managed to encapsulate the delicate creaminess of the mentaiko sauce. The plum added a slight sweetness to the cream, elevating the flavours of the sauce here quite a bit. One of the better mentaiko pastas I have tried. Amazing!!

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This was mind blowing exceptional. I don’t really fancy tomato-based/cream-based pasta when I’m out eating. But the idea of pink sauce bewilders me because the combination of tomato & cream neutralises the aspects I disdain (the overt sourness, acidity & heavy creaminess). Personally, I sit so much better with pink sauce. So when pink sauce & lobster comes up on the menu- yes, please! This exceeded my expectations in every kind of way. Well the ambience here is laid back and chill; I can only imagine the bar vibes at night but I went for lunch. It’s simple, unassuming, and the decent prices may not strike you as much. But this slipper lobster pasta packed generous chunks of lobster meat, and spaghetti lathered in a slick texture of pink sauce, with a kick of spiciness & tanginess. For $17, the amount of lobster meat served in the plate was worth it. Would eat this again and again when I return.
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Interesting but simple burger that hit the right spot. The addition of pork luncheon meat to a well-cooked medium rare beef patty laced with cheese & pickles was unique, but worked out right. Never knew I would ever try a combination like this, but I’m glad I did! Decently toasted buns & crisp fries as well.
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On the Asian Mains fusion menu at Perch. Loved the flavour of the black pepper and the beef was pretty tender. The sunny side up was also perfectly runny! But price point definitely on the high side for this.
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