Tex-Mex. Fish and chips. Taco pizza. California cuisine. All of these dishes are a type of food known as “fusion,” or different ingredients from other cultures coming together to create a delicious meal. Chef Richard Wing is considered the grandfather of fusion cuisine, creating and serving unique French-Chinese dishes, long before fusion cuisine became a thing. If you’re looking for a great fusion dish here in Indiana, look no further than these nine incredible restaurants!
Evansville’s only fusion restaurant, Madeleine’s is where Pacific Rim meets Spanish and classic American cuisine with a European touch. The goal of Madeleine’s is on creating and serving the freshest, highest quality ingredients with a fusion flair. The menu changes based on the availability of ingredients, and it’s the perfect place for any occasion. Try a rack of lamb served with mustard barbeque sauce, or a coffee encrusted Filet!
Casual Asian fusion cuisine is what you’ll find at Nori Asian Fusion Cuisine in northwestern Fort Wayne, Indiana. The restaurant serves a variety of sushi, Thai, and Asian cuisine, making it more of a ‘traditional’ fusion restaurant. Try a delicious Fu-Ki Chicken or Grilled Salmon Curry. Vegetable pancake, anyone? How about a banana cheese roll for dessert?
Tsunami Japanese Fusion Restaurant in West Lafayette, Indiana, has been in business since 2013, and their goal is to serve fresh food fast. It’s a taste of sushi from Japan, and what makes it fusion cuisine is the wide variety of sauces for each roll, which incorporate many different spices to create a unique flavor. Try a delicious OMG Roll, Rainbow Roll, or their unique Purdue Roll!
Rook, located in Indianapolis, brings the flavors of Korea, China, Japan and Southeast Asia with a Filipino touch. What makes Rook unique to other fusion restaurants is the open kitchen where guests can watch the action up close, inspired by the street food stalls and food carts in Asia. Diners are particularly fond of the Dan Dan Noodles and the Coconut Curry Ramen. The Crispy Pata which is fried pork hock, rice, atchara and dipping sauces, is another favorite!
Woochi Japanese Fusion and Bar in northern South Bend, Indiana is on a mission to create a high energy, family-friendly and health-oriented Japanese restaurant, with a mix of classic Chinese and Asian dishes tossed in. Namasake Nigiri? Jade Dragon Roll? How about a Pink Angel Roll? No matter what you choose at Woochi, it’s a fusion of flavors!
The Dragon King’s Daughter was named in honor of the first woman to reach enlightenment and is known for providing its guests with a transcendent dining experience by offering original cuisine that included traditional items from the Far East, as well as Japan and a mixture of East and West cuisine. No matter your preference, there is something for everyone here. Try a plate of nachos, Fish and Chips, or the Momma Ain’t Right! For those who are a bit more timid, how about a BLT roll instead?
The Livery brings its Latin flair and flavors and is located in a restored 1890s stable. It’s unique and rustic in style and provides guests with a casual dining environment. The Yuca fries and oysters Rockefeller come highly recommended, as do the sweet plantains. It’s Latin fusion at its finest here at The Livery!
Another great restaurant to find fusion cuisine in South Bend is Café Navarre, which serves their customers a blend of modern American cuisine with European influences. Each dish has its own flavor and quality, and all of the ingredients are fresh and simple. If you’ve never had fried chicken and French toast, we highly recommend it! It’s sweet and spicy and oh so crunchy good! And if you’re in the mood for a good meatloaf, be sure to try their Black Angus Meatloaf!
Zing Japanese Fusion in Mishawaka, Indiana is a blend of Japanese, Chinese and traditional Asian fusion cuisine! For something truly unique, try the Calamari Katus, which is dredged in flour, deep-fried, and served with Thai sweet chili sauce and Japanese mayonnaise! If fish isn’t for you, try the Scallion Pancakes. Another unique choice is the Mashed Potato Soup which is topped with masago, cilantro and wasabi in clear broth.