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Apr 25, 2008 04:44 AM

Asian fusion in Philly?

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


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    1. re: SpdRcr069

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

      1. re: Buckethead

        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.

        1. re: Ali

          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.

          1. re: saturninus

            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.

            1. re: Ali

              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.

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

      1. 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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        1. re: cwdonald

          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.

          1. re: george2

            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!

            1. re: sylviag

              Excellent recommendation! We will be back.

        2. 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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          1. re: sylviag

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

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