Asian Fusion is a type of cuisine that is becoming very popular worldwide. This cuisine uses traditional Asian-style ingredients, dishes and techniques to create innovative and flavorful dishes. It is a cuisine style that combines Asian foods with traditional Mexican, American or other Asian-Style dishes.
Most cities have excellent Asian Fusion restaurants, and Melbourne is no different. We have made a list of some of the best such restaurants in Melbourne.
This iconic restaurant on Flinders Lane offers a creative menu of Thai, Vietnamese and Chinese fusion dishes. It is probably one of the best Asian fusion restaurants in the Melbourne CBD. The food is epic, no doubt but the cocktail selection at the bar is a true testament to Southeast Asian flavours and rotates according to the season. It’s a classic restaurant but can be very busy.
Supernormal, known for fine dining, is one of the city’s most popular fusion eateries. The place has a distinctly Japanese feel and flavour to its meals, but it is not only about one cuisine. The food has shades of Shanghai, Seoul and Hong Kong too. They have some classic fare on the menu, like pork buns and Szechuan eggplant, but add some creative twists to it to make it different. The place is reasonably priced, and the service is quite average.
3. Rice Paper Scissors
This Asian fusion restaurant serves fresh, organic Vietnamese street food with a Thai twist. The menu is big enough for even the biggest eaters, and plenty of vegan-friendly options are available. Be sure to try the Fried Chicken, Chicken Popcorn, Banh Bao, Tempura Prawn buns and Vietnamese Espresso Martini!
4. Hochi Mama
Whether you want to do a takeaway or dine in or drive through to eat your favourite Asian food, HoChi Mama has got you covered. Serving both traditional and contemporary cuisine, they have some delicious dishes like DIY Vegan Duck Wraps, traditional Crispy Pork Bao and Saigon Pork Hok Curry. They can take care of those if you have special dietary requirements. Their takeaway menu is pretty extensive, but if dining in, you may feel rushed to finish your meal.
5. Lagoon Dining
Lagoon Dining on Carlton’s Busy Lygon Street is an Asian fusion restaurant that serves brilliant Chinese food. It is the ultimate spot for something fancy. Along with the vibe and the food, they have a wine list which perfectly matches the dishes. The service, too, is excellent.
6. Mamak Melbourne
Mamak Melbourne is a Malaysian restaurant specialising in Malay and Asian cuisine in the Melbourne CBD area, within walking distance from Collin Street. Options for everyone, great prices, and delicious desserts are some of the many things that make Mamak Melbourne a great place to eat.
7. Lucy Lui Kitchen and Bar
Lucy Liu on Oliver Lane in Melbourne’s CBD is a pan-Asian eatery in the heart of the city. The entry to the restaurant is through its iconic red neon-lit corridor, from where you go into the main dining room. The place offers classic Asian favourites like Peking Duck Dumplings, Drunken Chicken and Pork Hock with Apple Kimchi Pancakes and Hoisin. Rest assured; you will have a great time. They have a vegan-friendly menu though the service may get a tad rushed.
Located in the basement of the Adelphi Hotel in one of Melbourne’s most eclectic districts, this restaurant serves Australian-style freestyle cuisine with an interesting and surprising twist. From weekday lunches to pre-theatre dinners, Gingerboy offers a variety of menu options that vary in price and intensity. Popular dishes include Son-in-law Eggs and smashed Green Papaya Salad.
If you want brilliant Asian fusion dishes, craft beer, cool industrial chic décor and a great cocktail list, head to Kekou at Richmond. The menu showcases exciting pan-Asian food sprinkled with Aussie touches. Notable among the dishes are lobster betel leaf, Kerisik, Finger Lime and Miang Kum Bread, Lemon Myrtle Butter and Caramelized Onion Miso.
Yoi Melbourne is one of the city’s best Asian fusion restaurants, especially if you love Indonesian fusion. Right in the middle of Melbourne CBD and open every day of the week, Yoi will satisfy your taste buds with a beautiful selection of dishes from the signature Salted Egg Chicken to the more familiar Mie Goreng Sambal Matah.
They have some fun and creative non-boozy drinks that can make your day! Sometimes the food may take a while to arrive.
This fine-dining place serves Chinese food cooked using authentic Chinese ingredients. With communal tables and a stylish, minimalist vibe, you can expect to be treated like royalty by staff that is very attentive. Be ready to enjoy the rich and fresh flavours off the a la carte menu or the five to seven-course chef’s menu. This popular place can get jam-packed at peak times.
Sunda is modern-Asian at its best, combining a mix of Malaysian, Indonesian and Vietnamese fare to create something innovative and new. While you can only order a four-course menu, your tastebuds will love you as you dive into dishes like Chickpea Cake, Walnut Cake , Berkshire Pork and Koshihikari Congee.
13. Future Future
You will love Future, Future on Richmond’s Swan Street if you love Japanese. With a rooftop deck, the place is Japanese in every respect, from its menu to its architecture and service. But it all comes with a twist. It is inventive, unique and pretty cool. Their excellent and fresh cocktails are worth a try, but the portions are small.
Indu place brings Sri Lankan and South Indian flavours to Melbourne. Its dishes are all coastal and village-inspired, using the freshest and most seasonal produce. With classic Mysore Potato Masala Dosa on the menu, crispy Chickpea Fritters, and Goan Pork Belly Curry, Indu will transport you to its region of origin. The food is flavourful and different.
Firebird is the place for some Vietnamese-style food that’ll make you feel you are in the streets of Vietnam. This is Asian fusion, complete with smoky finishes and plenty of wood-fire charring. They have tantalising dishes like Duck L’ Orange, Pork Chop, Fire-tossed Pipis and Charred Cabbage. Though the food is excellent, service is a tad slow.
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So you can choose from any of the above and enjoy a good meal.