Fusion 54, a refreshing take on Sunday lunch.

On a bright, cloudless winter’s day, eating out in an open fronted bistro is an ideal way to spend Sunday lunch. Fusion 54 at the quieter end of New Farm’s James St offers casual Asian cuisine and culture, housed in traditional yet modern decor with a relaxed ambience.

Whilst not busy as to be noisy it is advisable to book in advance, as several passers by couldn’t get tables until later. The friendly service is as expected from an Asian restaurant, smiles and bows yet without being too formal.

The light and refreshing Sunday lunch menu was exceptionally priced (Fire Cracker Chicken starter $6, Chinese Fried Rice with Chinese sausages main $12), with the Snacks and Street Food selection no more than $12. Entrés were simple and neat but big enough to thoroughly enjoy the food and get a real feel for the dish without spoiling the main, or even the dessert if you ventured that far.

The wine list is small but ranging. There are mocktails, cocktails and a large choice of spirits and an extensive collection of beers to choose from, with a heavy leaning towards the Asian brands.

The waitresses left enough time between approaching the diners, leaving them free to chat and enjoy themselves at this chic eaterie. Orders were taken smoothly and then arrived in good time, no one was looking inquisitively towards the kitchen as hunger rumbled.

When the mains arrived the question was “Well how big is a large portion?” The generous meals were presented in typical Asian fashion, clean looking food, vivid colours and a smell you could taste. All dishes arrived within minutes of each other so the table could delight in the feast together.

The easy going atmosphere continued after the plates had been taken away and more drinks served, the waitresses appeared in no rush to moves us on.

Fusion 54 is a stylish venue, a New Farm location with a chilled out setting where couples and families can while away lazy hours.

Contact Fusion 54 at:
79 James Street, New Farm
tel: (07) 3358 6968 | fax: (07) 3358 6969
email: eat@fusion54.com.au

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