I hope everyone had a great thanksgiving! I am enjoying leftover pie as I write. La Fusion was a first for me, Dennis and I went on a whim last Saturday night.
The Shut-Up-and-Give-it-to-Me-Quick Version:
Winner. (Dessert was orgasmic).
Food was delicious and service was great, I will be back soon!
The I-Like-to-be-Wrapped-Up-in-All-the-Details Version:
5 o’clock rolled around last Saturday and Dennis and I found ourselves hungry, craving something new. We decided to try La Fusion, so I called and they said they were completely booked for the night, but had a few tables reserved for walk-ins. We decided to give it a shot and try our luck because although SF restaurants can usually have hours wait time, we were going to arrive before the dinner rush. We got there at about 6:30 p.m. and were seated right away.
The restaurant is small and pretty plain, the tables are black as well as the bar and in typical SF fashion, the space is long not wide. We sat at one of their three high tables and I appreciated that they had a small little back, it was better than a regular stool, it made sitting through dinner more comfortable.
They call themselves a “nuevo latino kitchen” and everything on the menu looks great! The latin infused theme is well represented in both their food.
Attire is casual, some people were more dressed up (heels and a nice top) and others were super casual. To me, it seems more on the casual cute side.
What we ate:
- Tuna tartar ($16)
- Empanadas ($11)
- Rotisserie Chicken ($17)
- Passion fruit très lèches cake ($7)
Everything was delicious! I was really impressed by the dishes. I have been wanting to try La Fusion for a while, but to be honest I didn’t really read up on their menu too much, so I went in blind sided. I was happy to find that everything we ordered tasted great! The service was great too, the girl helping us was attentive and had suggestions. I hate when waiters look as clueless as you when you ask what the recommend or what the specialties are. She, however, was quite the opposite, it made our dining experience that much better.
We started out with the tuna tartar; it came with avocado, diced apples, and cancha in a citrus and sesame oil. It was served with potato chips. If there was anything I had to nitpick, I would say that the potato chips were too flavorful and I felt at times it overpowered the tuna (Dennis didn’t feel the same way, he actually really liked them). The rest was just divine! The tuna tasted super fresh, the citrus gave it a nice tang without being sour, and the cancha (essentially corn nuts) gave it a great crunch. The cilantro topped it all off, adding flavor and dimension. I was really in love with this dish, it was different in all the right ways.
While I wouldn’t have normally chosen the empanadas, our waitress highly recommended them. They have three different types (fish, vegetable or beef). You can choose two flavors and it comes with 2 small empanadas of each flavor. We went with the fish and vegetable. The fish empanada also had prawns and fontina cheese and the vegetable was stuffed with corn, poblano chiles, and fontina cheese. The fish was good, but the vegetable empanada was great! They are accompanied by three house-made sauces: chimichurri, spanish bell pepper and peruvian mint. They were all good, but our favorite was the chimichurri.
Their rotisserie chicken is what they are known for and you have the choice of a fourth ($14), a half ($17) or a full chicken ($30). We decided to go with the half because even though it was probably too much food, it was only a $3 difference between the two. This was exceptional! The chicken was moist and tender and the the skin was crispy. I like that it wasn’t a sensory overload, the chicken was simple and delicious. It was served with a warm bread salad and one side dish (sweet potato fries, vegetables, arroz con chodo, truffle mac and cheese, tacu tacu, french fries, or white bean casoulette). The obvious choice for us was truffle mac and cheese. I thought it was good, but I would try something else next time. I did like that it was cheesy and creamy, but the truffle flavor didn’t come out the way I thought it would, it wasn’t very present. Now let’s get back to the best part of the dish, the warm bread salad! It was amazing, I could eat that bread alone and be completely entrenched with happiness. The salad also come with mixed greens (I mean it is called a salad), but who cares about that when you had this amazing bread! I really appreciated that they didn’t skimp on the bread, when you think there isn’t enough just keep eating the chicken and underneath lies all the treasure. It is crispy, but soaked in all the chicken flavor. They bake it and let it sit under the rotisserie to soak up the drippings, garlic and goodness. It was so tasty, it’s definitely a must try!
The other highlight of the night was the dessert, wow I was in love! Everything on the menu sounded good, but the Maracuya tres leches stood out. It was a traditional tres leches cakes topped with homemade whipped cream and served on a passionfruit sauce adorned with passionfruit seeds. The sauce was so flavorful, with a true passionfruit kick. It brightened up the cake and complemented it so well. The whipped cream was fluffy and delicious. The dessert was fantastic and if I wasn’t completely stuffed I would’ve found an excuse to order seconds.
We shared everything and the food was the perfect amount. Well, we could have done without the dessert, but that’s a crime. We were definitely full and happy when we left.