Casual elegance' at Phila Fusion

Posted by Erin Dillon

Though all amazingly delicious in distinct ways, not all Asian foods are created equal. Why go to a restaurant that serves just one cuisine when you can have five?

Phila Fusion offers Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Thai and Vietnamese dishes. The diligence and expertise of the chefs was made clear to me after enjoying a Sunday night dinner with my dad.

Phila Fusion's website describes its dining experience as "casual elegant," and it was exactly that. The space has a sophisticated appeal without the tension of an exceedingly ritzy venue. Bold yet simple touches create a modern vibe (as if the word "fusion" was not enough).

The restaurant was pleasantly full at peak dinner time, but not too noisy or chaotic. We were seated immediately by possibly the most cheerful waitress I have ever encountered. In fact, had it not been for the wait staff's general glee, their over-attentiveness and frequent one centimeter water refills may have been annoying. I was very happy with the service.

The menu is long to accommodate such a diverse array of food. Everything displayed looked delectable.

The menu includes many vegetarian options, in addition to basically any Asian dish that your heart desires. Be prepared to make a tough decision.

To start, I had a simple green salad with peanut dressing. Even this run-of-the-mill appetizer was exceptionally yummy; I appreciated the contrast between the bright, cold vegetables and the warm peanut sauce.

For an entrée I ordered Mixed-Vegetable Panang Curry with brown rice. It came as a medley of peas, basil leaves, string beans, celery, carrots, zucchini, yellow squash and fried tofu in a red curry sauce.

The dish was quite good; every element was cooked correctly and it had a perfect vegetable to sauce to rice ratio. However, I was disappointed with its lack of a defining flavor. A curry should not be vague.

Phila Fusion is a bit more expensive than its neighboring restaurant, Sushi Thai. My meal came to about $20. For a restaurant that made me feel so classy and cultured, I would say $20 is a steal.

Good to know: Phila Fusion now has delivers within three miles. Just add an extra $2 delivery fee to your order.

Phila Fusion is a restaurant I want to visit again. The food is whimsical and tasty. The unique atmosphere and service are definitely of Saratoga's best. I urge you to check this place out.

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