California cuisine is famous for borrowing from various cultures and combining them together with locally grown ingredients to create new dishes. Throughout California, chefs are making traditional foods modern and using creativity to find new combinations of flavors that merge perfectly. From French-Asian fusion to blending Mediterranean flavors to combining Korean and Mexican flavors into one dish, check out these awesome fusion restaurants in California.
With chefs that come from different parts of Mexico, the tastes at LaVier are varied. Plantains are fried in tempura batter and you’ll find cheese sticks fried in panko. Also look out for curries and tofu with a blend of spices.
Fusion Sushi’s beachside locations take the California roll to the next level. You’ll find creative rolls galore as well as big screens for sports. If sushi isn’t your thing, you can also try some popcorn tempura shrimp or a taste of Asia from the entire continent.
The Stage fuses live performances with a varied menu inspired by countries that border the Mediterranean. Check out a selection of grilled and kabob meats or have a salad on the lighter side. There’s also jambalaya, gnocchi and more on the extensive menu.
Michael Mina is one of California’s most celebrated chefs. At his luxurious namesake restaurant, the menu draws from global influences to create a cuisine that is all California. The creative dishes and amazing attention to detail have landed Michael Mina on many “best lists” across the country and the world.
Krave offers a variety of Asian and Asian-inspired dishes from Korean style fried chicken to bowls of udon noodles. There’s also an all-American burger with Korean kogi seasoning and a kogi quesadilla and more unique mashups.
Urban-Seoul is a self-described melting pot of borderless cuisine. Kalbi burger, gogi sliders, kimchi quesadillas and tacos stuffed with Korean flavors make Urban-Seoul a restaurant that brings together the different communities that make up California.
HRD is serious about making food efficient and tasty. Accepting only credit cards, you can quickly order your choice of kimchi stuffed burritos, Mongolian beef cheesesteak sandwiches, eggplant po’boys and more unique combinations.
The Spice Jar may seem familiar to you, but it’s really a clever blending of different Asian cultures and traditions. From appetizers to bowls of broth and noodles, you can eat your way through mushu wraps and garlic fries.
Ventana Grill’s prime coastal location is a beautiful spot to enjoy a fusion of Mexican and Asian flavors. The moderately priced spot has items like Asian nachos and lobster mac and cheese with roasted poblano peppers so that you get a little extra flavor in familiar dishes.