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Asian fusion in Philly?

george2 Apr 25, 2008 04:44 AM

Anyone have recs for "Asian Fusion" in Philly other than Pod, Nan, Roy's or Foos?


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    SpdRcr069 RE: george2 Apr 25, 2008 06:54 AM


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      Buckethead RE: SpdRcr069 Apr 25, 2008 08:19 AM

      If Cebu is still open, I would not recommend eating there.

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        Ali RE: Buckethead Apr 25, 2008 04:08 PM

        Can you elaborate? I've only been there once but it wasn't that bad - I sat at the bar and the bartender was extremely nice. Granted, I only had 2 of the small plates dishes (a salad thing and some egg roll like items that were reminiscent of my mother's egg rolls), but they were decent - not something I would recommend making a trip for, but if you're in the area, there are worse options.

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          saturninus RE: Ali Apr 28, 2008 02:24 PM

          Cebu is a bit of a disaster with an identity crisis - more known for it's changing names, styles and late night clubbing than food.

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            Ali RE: saturninus Apr 28, 2008 02:46 PM

            Changing names, eh? Explains why, when I was went for the first time, I was totally confused as to why I didn't remember a Cebu in the area. I chalked it up to my never noticing things changing in that area - seriously, if it's not Eulogy or [now] Zento, I just don't notice it.

            Regardless, I will still stand by the fact that my singular experience there wasn't terrible. I was probably there around 6-ish on a Wed (was seeing a movie) so the styles/clubbing scene didn't affect me at all, and the bartender was very affable, sticking around to talk to me.

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              Buckethead RE: Ali Apr 28, 2008 02:55 PM

              I would also describe my one experience there as 'not terrible', but that's not enough to recommend a place. I went there for dinner a little while after they opened and the entrees were not good and waay overpriced. It's still open, and rent ain't cheap around there, so they must be doing something right I guess.

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      DanielleM RE: george2 Apr 25, 2008 07:39 AM

      I am fond on Penang, which has an interesting mix of asian influences, under the title of "Malaysian" food.

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        cwdonald RE: george2 Apr 25, 2008 07:59 AM

        Not to disagree with any of the selections given down below, but I am curious what you mean by fusion... some of the restaurants might be described as "Pan Asian" (Penang) others might be more influenced by European style (Foo).

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          george2 RE: cwdonald Apr 25, 2008 01:46 PM

          My daughter attends Penn, it's her birthday and that's what she wants to eat. I doubt she has a clear idea herself. Siri's sounds interesting, sylvia.

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            sylviag RE: george2 Apr 25, 2008 06:36 PM

            Always a pleasant experience. It's in a small strip mall, so there is easy parking. byob.
            One of the things we like is that if you have a party larger than 4, they have round tables - you can actually talk to each other!

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              george2 RE: sylviag Apr 28, 2008 06:59 AM

              Excellent recommendation! We will be back.

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          sylviag RE: george2 Apr 25, 2008 08:33 AM

          If it is convenient for you to cross the bridge, there are some very good fusion restaurants in New Jersey. From center city, you can be at Siri's, on Route 70 in New Jersey, in about ten minutes. We like Water Lily, on Haddonfield Road in Collingswood, a little further.

          We have eaten some good fusion food at Yang Ming in Bryn Mawr. I recently had soft shells there, and they were wonderful. They also have fresh fish, steak, etc. in addition to their Chinese food. My Caesar salad was excellent; a real surprise.

          There is a fusion restaurant in Fairmount called Trio. We haven't been there for a long time, but I know people who enjoy it. Probably good but not great.

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            DanielleM RE: sylviag Apr 25, 2008 08:45 AM

            i'd second you check out siri's. i've only been there 2x, but each time it was great.

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            Chefpaulo RE: george2 Apr 25, 2008 12:17 PM

            I love Fuzion at Center Point in Worcester. Great food and value. Also a BYOB.

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              doxiemom RE: george2 Apr 25, 2008 12:25 PM

              Try Ly Michael's on 11th street. It's right behind the Convention Center in Chinatown. It's cute, has an eclectic menu and I've never had a bad meal. Plus the prices are much more reasonable than Pod, Buddakan and the like.

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                sylviag RE: doxiemom Apr 25, 2008 02:38 PM

                Ly Michael has changed hands. Sad, but they could never make a go of it.

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                  Chefpaulo RE: sylviag Apr 25, 2008 03:57 PM

                  Mea culpa. I should have mentioned that Ly Michael now owns FuziOn in Center Point. Worth the drive out here, IMHO (but then, I'm only nine minutes away).

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