Fuse This

This is the kind of fusion one can get one’s teeth into.

Thai food and Vietnamese food have enough similarities and sufficient differences for worthwhile interbreeding. From Vietnam we find ingredients closer to their natural state; Thailand gives us complexity arising from longer cooking times. Because both countries share a climate, a soil and a sea, food variations are more cultural and historical than natural. Experimenting with blended cooking techniques and prep style won’t produce too many bum notes, and might just give us some triumphs.

This place is a low-key triumph all its own. On what might otherwise be a slow Sunday night, patrons fill most tables and booths. The service reflects the warmth and homeliness of both cultures, and the food was as interesting and fresh as one could expect.

Importantly, the prices are pretty darn good. Luck favors the bold and good meals come to those who fear not the strip mall.