Can’t decide what kind of food to eat? It’s a common problem for Arizonans. There’s no shortage of great dining options that showcase the best flavors from different cultures. So why not try a fusion restaurant? These inventive eateries give you the best of both worlds by allowing you to eat multiple cultures’ food at once. Here are 10 of the best examples of fusion restaurants in the state of Arizona.
One dish is not enough at Sumomaya. The culinary masters behind this fusion restaurant recommend you try three to five dishes to share or keep all to yourself. That’s because this unique restaurant has tapas-style plates that showcase the best flavors from both Latin America and the Far East. You can snack on everything from sushi to tacos and ceviche at a single dinner. Add in dynamic options like coconut ahi tuna tartar and Mexican pho and Sumomaya is the fusion restaurant to beat in Arizona.
Foosia is an American casual dining experience with an Asian twist. It’s a healthy hub for authentic Southeast Asian street-fare. You can build your own bowls of deliciousness by choosing a base (rice lettuce or noodles) followed by your protein and sauce. The result is a tasty mix of Asia’s best flavors. Foosia may be a fast and simple restaurant, but their food accomplishes the rare feat of being both highly addictive and healthy.
Mexican and Asian fusion may sound like an odd mix. That is until you have your first bite of the food at Chino Bandido. This fusion restaurant is the brainchild of a husband wife duo with both Chinese and Arizona roots. Chino Bandido blends cultural staples like rice bowls, burritos and quesadillas with dynamic fusion flavors. It’s rare to find a place where you can order chile relleno, Chinese barbecue pork, and egg foo yung. Word to the wise—don’t skip the jade chicken.
Asian food is a broad term. It could refer to Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese or Thai food. Fortunately, Totties Asian Fusion showcases the best flavors from all four cultures. This unique culinary experience lets you try all of your favorite Asian dishes under the same roof. Totties has a little bit of everything—Pad Thai, Vietnamese egg rolls, Shanghai pan-fried noodles, and Panang Curry. It’s a quintessential dining experience for any Asian food fan.
A restaurant selling traditional Hong Kong-style food doesn’t seem like a fusion restaurant. But Hong Kong is a true melting pot that derives as much of its culture from the Western world as it does China. Asian Fusion Café is a true Hong Kong-style restaurant in that it sells both authentic Chinese and American Chinese food. You can grab traditional Cantonese noodles, cheesy chicken, and Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup at this Tempe hotspot.
You can enjoy endless combinations at Monsoon Chinese Bistro & Sushi. This fusion restaurant is known for having some of the best Chinese, Japanese, and Americanized Asian dishes in Flagstaff. You can chow down on pan-fried dumplings, lo mein, Pad Thai, and the all American favorite orange chicken. They also sell nearly 40 different types of specialty sushi rolls. Add in a great happy hour and dog friendly patio and Monsoon is an all around great restaurant.
Indian food is oft forgotten in conversations about the best Asian foods. But you won’t leave it off of your list after a trip to Chennai Fusion Grill. They specialize in tasty Indian cuisine from the southern and northern parts of India. You’ll find everything from fresh naan to spicy Curry on the menu. Their wide selection of options also includes tandoori sizzlers and kabobs, Chinese fusion, and seafood.
Looking to feel Zen? Take a trip to Zen Culinary in Scottsdale. This fusion restaurant has the atmosphere to help you feel inner peace. They have garden patios, waterfalls, and even an electric grand piano that sets the ambiance of your meal. Zen Culinary has Japanese, Korean, Thai and American influences that all shine on their inventive menu. You can enjoy seafood, sushi, noodles, curry and more.
Tucson residents can now enjoy quality Asian fusion food thanks to MiAn Sushi & Modern Asian Cuisine. This new fusion restaurant checks all the boxes of a fine dining establishment. They have the hip and modern atmosphere of a big city restaurant and a range of inventive menu options. The crown jewel of the menu is the real choi roll. It’s a combination of spicy tuna, salmon, fennel, and habanero aioli served on a flaming plate. Other unique items include duck tacos, surf ‘n turf in a roll, and lobster tostada on rice.
Ling and Louie’s is a marriage made in culinary heaven. At least, that’s the motto behind this fun fusion restaurant. The concept revolves around a fusion between traditional Chinese and American comfort food. That’s why you’ll find East meets West pairings like Ling’s meatloaf, ahi poke tacos, and the big burger in little China. Ling and Louie’s also has a renowned drink menu that includes names like the Thai Mai, Kung Fu Cosmo, and Geisha’s gimlet.