Fusion cuisine often begins with an adventurous chef asking questions such as, "What would Chinese food taste like if China were right next to Mexico?" or "What does pizza taste like when outfitted with bionic legs?" Savor food that's not always trying to run away with this Groupon.
$30 for $60 Worth of California-Fusion Cuisine and Drinks
Chefs continually update the seasonal lunch and dinner menus with dishes such as potato gnocchi with wild mushrooms and truffle oil ($18), sea bass with pancetta and butter-bean ragu ($18 during lunch; $25 during dinner), and a Moroccan-spiced rack of lamb ($34, dinner only).
The dungeness crab cakes are tempting enough on their own, but it's the unexpected accompaniment of tomato chutney that elevates them to culinary artwork. At Equus Restaurant, chefs painstakingly consider how ingredients can complement each other, lift each other to new heights, and make each other the most popular kids in school while developing their California-fusion cuisine—a collision of Mediterranean, Spanish, and French traditions. Relying largely on seasonal, local ingredients, their menus continually change, and yet the consistency in quality has earned praised from the Press Democrat, which also commended Equus for its selection of Sonoma County wines. Beyond its food and drink, Equus engages guests’ senses with the sumptuous decor of the main dining room and lounge bar, where dark wood panels, trim, high-backed leather booths, and subdued lighting turn every phrase of a conversation into a dramatic revelation.