The art of creating fusion cuisine is becoming increasingly popular in New Zealand, with chef’s combining different foundations of culinary traditions to form new and exciting recipes. No, we’re not talking pineapple on pizza here – it’s all about being innovative and creative. Asking yourself what’s for dinner? Here are some must try fusion restaurants for your next outing!
Keen to sample traditional Japanese dishes with a Peruvian twist? The fresh combinations allow the flavours to shine at Azabu. Peruvian spices contrast the delicate raw fish and rice to create something unforgettable.
TRY: Spicy Pork Gyoza, with jalapeno, ginger and yuzu pepper dressing.
The Sugar Club
Fresh Kiwi produce is elevated to another level here at The Sugar Club, with European flavours brought in to take these dishes to the next level. The degustation menu allows you to sample a wide range of culinary delights and taste every individual aspect and ingredient.
TRY: Seared venison, with onion bhaji, mango chutney, avocado and passionfruit.
Southeast Asia is known for its delicious and flavoursome recipes and Mekong Baby delivers just that. Taking the very best dishes from Vietnam to Thailand, this restaurant creates a charming combination that will transport your tastebuds across the South China Sea and right into Asia.
TRY: Braised pork belly, with caramelised chilli and soy and Asian slaw.
The Blue Breeze Inn
Hanging in Auckland and after some great food near you? The light and clean palette of Chinese cuisine has been brought over to the shores of New Zealand, and with it, we’ve witnessed the birth of The Blue Breeze Inn. Traditional Chinese flavours are fused with inspiring and exotic Polynesian blends to create an exceptional menu for your dining pleasure.
TRY: Hot and numbing ground wild boar with water chestnut, coriander and soy custard.
Calling on flavours from the Mediterranean, Odette’s breaks barriers by blending in the rich spices of Africa. Inspired to create unique dishes, the menu here is simplistic but extremely edgy when it comes to creativity – available morning, noon and night!
TRY: Lamb meatballs with Israeli cous cous, kale and pecorino.