I've been very clear on this topic in previous pieces. Asian-fusion is something that has elicited an eye-roll or two from me in the past. Sometimes you can see where a genuine attempt to integrate the culture has been made, but mostly it's a whole lot of genuine white nonsense.
But every now and then, you find yourself surprised in this city of ours. Surprised in such a pleasant manner that it almost makes up for all those Wagyu beef nachos and Ramen burgers (almost...).
Here are the must-try Asian-fusion restaurants of Sydney.
155 Victoria St, Potts Point
It's hard to settle on just one selling point. Everything that theoretically shouldn't work here just... works. Alcoholic slushies packaged in those bubble tea cups with the phat straws, cheeseburger spring rolls that take you back to your first Happy Meal, and a Tom Yum fried rice that I daresay is the country's finest. Make a note of trying the burrata
3 Bridge Lane, Sydney
This one always reminds me of Wong Kar-Wai's In The Mood For Love. Probably because of the whole Shanghai in the 30's shtick. Killer aesthetic aside, Mr. Wong backs up its look with the real-deal feel. A real-deal feel that can only be achieved by those certain Cantonese based dishes. Dim lighting in conjunction with jazz never hurts, and is always a plus in my books.
69 Commonwealth St, Surry Hills
This Melbourne import and BH office favourite has never disappointed. Plus it always promises to push the envelope. To quote a dusty old article from way back in the days of January of this year, "... [a]s much as I'm going to hate myself for typing this out, the Melbourne import is one place that demonstrates the artistry in culinary pastiche. And the flavours don't pull their punches either. Every hint of spice lets you know what the Hell is up." Opinions have remained unchanged to this day.
Shop 2, 100 Barangaroo Avenue
There's some debate about whether this constitutes Asian-fusion or if it's just hyper-contemporary Japanese. Whatever the case, for the sake of this article, it's Asian-fusion. The menu is Japanese, the technique is French, and the sensibilities are Chinese and Malaysian. If that isn't fusion, I don't know what is. Every bite is balanced with equal parts intrigue and delight. Make the pilgrimage and treat yo self.