Food Porn Friday | Fusion Bites | Fountain Valley

Friday, March 14, 2014


Sorry for the lack of posts this week my loves, been terribly under the weather trying to fight off this pesky cold and finally feeling a pinch normal today. Just in time to bring you the latest in haute restaurant openings in Orange County: Fusion Bites at the newly appointed Ayres Hotel right in the heart of Fountain Valley.
 
The last place I’d think to dine out of the thousands of options we have in SoCal, but when we heard that a friend of a friend was the head chef behind the new biz, we were intrigued to taste the fusion of Asian and Continental bites for the undiscerning westernized palate. 

Peep out today’s menu: 

Steamed Bun “Bao” Sliders (above): The Original “Pho” Slider with braised beef, sprouts, Thai basil, fried noodles, sriracha aioli. This was by far my FAVE dish of the night. I expected the bao to be mushy with all the wet filling but it was bouncy and soft and held up 'til the very last bite. The flavor combined with the fragrance really hit home and screamed Pho Duoi Bo, definitely a HIT on the menu.

Sautéed Edamame in garlic black bean sauce- sooooo good and savory. Can't go wrong with TONS of minced garlic and the black bean sauce tasted very authentically Vietnamese.

Egg Roll Fries: Potato filled egg rolls with truffle aioli sauce. Like a mash-potato filled egg roll the size of 2 fingers. Wished they served this with multiple dipping sauces instead of the 1 aioli they served with all the fried sides. It was just ok, nothing craveable, but I can imagine a total HIT with the kiddies.

House made duck fat and chicken liver pate, onion fig jam, and garlic confit with toasted crostini. The pate was DELISH, creamy and savory, a perfect spread with the accompanying accoutrements. My only gripe was the measly 8 slices of bread for that honkin' terrine of pate. Double up them carbs and you've got yourself a winner ladies.

Brussel Sprouts sautéed in Thai Chili Vinaigrette. Delish!!! Although I was confused as to why they served it in a cast-iron skillet when it wasn't cooked in one??? Love the thai-chili kick, a smart departure from the regular ol' balsalmic that everyone's been serving lately.
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Can't go wrong with assorted charcuterie...

Steamed Bun “Bao” Sliders: Kalbi with braised beef, kimchi, cabbage, mesclun, and mayo (top) and Umami with American Kobe beef, wild mushrooms, pea sprouts, crispy shallots, wasabi mayo (bottom). Of the 3 sliders, the Pho one was my favorite echoing familiar Vietnamese flavors right down to a T. The Kalbi was soggy and messy, the kimchi definitely overpowered the meat. The Umami slider was just ok, a little overcooked for my taste but the mushrooms were a nice touch. The heaviest of the bunch I could eat just one and get full.

Chopped Caesar salad with kale, brussel sprouts, romaine lettuce, crispy wontons, shaved parmesan, and house made dressing. I've tasted store-bought packaged salads that tasted better than this, so heavy handed on the dressing that made for soggy lettuce. Pass!

Tuna tartare with sushi grade ahi tuna, cucumbers, masago eggs, avocado, and sesame crackers. I love the idea of sesame crackers paired with the tartare, it's so much lighter than traditional fried wonton and offers the same crunch. Perfect for us SoCal hunnies who are watching our weight, lol.

Beets and Asian pear salad with arugula, goat cheese mousse, and yuzu. Asian pear is one of my favorite fruits ever! Crunchier and less dense than the American pear, this naturally sweet and juicy fruit offered a refreshing balance to the heartier beet bite. The goat cheese mousse was mild, light and fluffy, another HIT on this menu.


Sweet Potato Fries

Fried Mac n cheese bites with garlic aioli and chinese sausage: Great one-bite side with a crunchy skin and mushy center. The chinese sausage is a brilliant addition to this American staple but you lose the salty flavor since it was overpowered by the Mac n cheese. My vote would be to flash fry them with the mac and cheese for a surprise filling in the center.

Curry steamed mussels with white wine, green curry, tomatoes, and crostini. I know the sound of curry might scare off those who aren't familiar with the taste but this was very mild in comparison to what you'd find at tradtional Thai restaurants. I wished there was more broth to dip with the bread, another forgettable dish.

Sea Urchin Linguini Pasta with masago eggs and nori. Wayyyyy too loose and wet, the sauce did not evenly coat the linguini as it was swishing around at the bottom of the plate. I love myself some Uni pasta but they completely failed in execution for this one. A for effort though.



Happiest of birthdays to our darling March babies Daena and Keri!!!
So much fun celebrating with this crazy bunch...this was the PG version of our night...
Oman these chicks get CRAY after hours!



17550 Brookhurst St.
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
(714) 861-5173 

*Insider's tip: There aren’t many hotel restaurants that serve up Asian fusion food, especially here in Orange County so that’s a definite plus for Fusion Bites. The cuisine is definitely atypical for undiscerning tourists but nothing Bolsa hasn’t tasted before. So I definitely gotta give props to the team that dreamed up this concept; however judging from the surrounding eateries in the area I wouldn’t go out of my way to dine here. Especially when eating out with a large group, there wasn’t enough staff to efficiently accommodate our table of 14 diners in timely manner. Only time will tell my loves…*

What do you think of hotels that incorporate a sense of place with their in-house restaurants??? 
Hit or Miss??? 

Bon appétit mes amis!Follow HAUTE KHUUTURE

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13 comments

  1. I haven't had a chance to try out a lot of fusion restaurants before. I've only been to a couple, but this looks really interesting. I'm wondering if the service will be better with a smaller party.

    xxDenysia Yu
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  2. oh my gosh this food! those egg rolls look so good and now I'm starving

    Alexa <3
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  3. The Sauteed Edamame looks sooo goood! Egg roll fries? ... YES PLEASE! The ceaser salad was what really had my salivary glands going (yumm).

    xo
    Maggie A
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  4. Hope you feel better soon! <3 :)

    xo

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  5. That's some damn stunning dishes! I'd love to have tried that Pate, the Bao slider (the beef one especially), the fried wanton skin on the salad looked so yummy and those fried egg rolls I would've polished off by myself! Lovely stuff, I haven't had fusion food in a while!

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  6. Great dear! Hope you enjoy the dinner!
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  7. I want that beet salad and those brussel sprouts right now!! What a feast!!!Happy Weekend!

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  8. Ohh, such a great post again! :) Have an amazing day!! :D

    mfashionfreak♥blog

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  9. Wow, I`m speechless, everything looks like a dream, i`m drooling all over the screen here, amazing!

    Pop Culture&Fashion Magic

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  10. Asian fusion is my favorite cuisine, I'm drooling all over the pictures.
    xoxo
    Christy

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  11. Oh my goodness every single bite is calling my name!! Love your blog!!

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  12. whyyy i looked at this before lunch beats me =( hahah looks uberly delicious!!

    xo's

    -teeney

    www.christeeney.com

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