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May 11, 2014 07:04 PM

New Fusion (Arcadia)

Just what the 'hood needs, another HK-style cafe serving generally mediocre and a bit overpriced food.

Not as OG as Tasty Garden across the street, but they do have sweet and sour chicken on tap. The Hong Kong-style waffle sheets, however, are rubbery and flaccid. Skip.

New Fusion
Pavilion and LA Fitness Plaza on SE corner of Baldwin and Duarte.

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  1. sad, I was hoping it would be good

    1. Thanks for the update. I think Clarissa tweeted about this before it opened.

      1. I went and it was very disappointing. Overpriced, boring menu, and the decor was gaudy as hell.

        I'm curious about the other new restaurant next door that should be opening soon.

        1. Last time we were in that area we went to one of those a few doors north from Chang's Garden, in the Arcadia Supermarket mall; do not remember the name, but it was very good. That saved the afternoon for me, since I'd wanted to go to Chang's Garden and was feeling a little cranky about it …

          1. You know, I sometimes wish they'd open an HK style cafe on the westside. I've never had a good spaghetti bolognese at any of these places, but there's something about that dish + red bean ice that seems very comforting to me.

            Of course, w/ westside rent, the entire joy of paying relatively little for a meal would be lost. ::sigh::

            8 Replies
            1. re: ilysla

              I'm actually a bit surprised that a HK-style cafe has taken root west of La Cienega Blvd.

              It's the type and style of Chinese food that would translate well to those diners that are, ahem, less inquisitive and intrepid with their culinary compass.

              1. re: ipsedixit

                Is Little Hong Kong in Little Osaka not? I've never been there. I'm not sure I've been to a HK-style cafe before either.

                1. re: TheOffalo

                  Never been but just looking at their menu, it's sort of close but more like a Yang Chow type of place than a HK-style cafe.

                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    I've been a few times and would definitely not lump it with Yang Chow. I think they have enough UCLA students come by to keep them honest.

                    1. re: Chandavkl

                      Actually, my reference to Yang Chow was less an indictment on the quality of food and more on the style of the restaurant.

                  2. re: TheOffalo

                    HK style cafes are fun, but I don't know if any of them are particularly *good*. I think it's more about the number of dishes and convenience of operating hrs.

                    To ipse, I think the food might be too similar to western food to be of much interest to those on the westside. W/o it being exotic, what's the point? (I'm projecting, of course)

                    1. re: ilysla

                      Yeah, I dunno.

                      RE: exotic. How is Hop Li exotic? Been around the westside for as long as cockroaches it seems.

                      1. re: ipsedixit

                        This is a good point (although I've never been to Hop Li). Is the food there discernibly "foreign," even if it might seem very boring to people who are more well-verse w/ Chinese cuisine in its various forms?

                        That might be one explanation. Another thing is sometimes people just gravitate to what's been around the longest.... My understanding is that the food isn't horrible, either.