Fusion China in Reno: Not much fusion, but okay food
- SteveTimko Feb 16, 2007 04:51 PM
I had a friend who loves fusion cooking sound kind of excited when he told me he got a coupon for Fusion China, a new restaurant in Reno. He's a great fan of fusion cooking and I like it too. One of my all time favorite restaurants was Queen Bee in Arlington, Virgina, a fusion of French and Vietnamese cooking.
Fusion China is in what most recently was a Filipino restaurant on South Virginia just south of Vassar Street.
I checked it out. There's really no fusion as I understand the term. It's mostly New York style Chinese cooking. But if you take it for what it is, a take-out place competing with China Diner and Duck House, it's not too bad.
I've eaten at Fusion China three times. The soup is all reasonably priced. Egg Drop soup is $1.20 for a pint. The most expensive soup is $4.95 a quart. I got the egg drop soup the first time I went there. It's the eggiest egg drop soup I've ever had. The egg didn't accent the soup, it overwhelmed it. The second time I got what they call subgum wonton soup but what most other Reno Chinese restaurants call wor wonton soup. It's wonton soup with a variety of other items. It was okay, not exceptional. I wouldn't mind getting it again. Today I got the house special soup. It was a variety of items in the same chicken borth they use for the subgum wonton soup. Basically it was wor wonton soup without the wontons. The other items didn't seem fresh, with the broccoli particularly seeming stale.
They offer dumplings steamed or fried. I got steamed and they seemed too soggy. So if I get them again I'll get them fried.
For entrees, the first time I got General's Chicken. The chickent was dipped in a batter and deep fried and served with broccoli that was almost a garnish. I guess this is the way most restaurants do it, but I prefer it stir fried and not batter dipped. I didn't like it.
The second time I got the Singapore style noodles made in curry. It was so so. I wouldn't go out of my way to order it again, but I've had better, esepcially at China Diner.
Today I got Hunan chicken. It was the best entree I've had there. It won't make me forget the Hunan chicken at City Lights in Washington, D.C., the best I've had, or even the Hunan chicken at Soochow in Sparks, but was decent Hunan chicken. The vegetables, including the brocolli, were fresh in the Hunan chicken, compared to the stale vegetables in the house soup.
China Diner is right in downtown Reno. If I were a tourist looking for cheap, quick Chinese food, I'd probably go there. But Fusion China ia a reasonable option, even if it's not a close as China Diner.
1290-92 S. Virginia St.
Reno, NV 89502