Zen Fusion’s knack for finding culinary kinship between Asian- and Spanish-inspired tapas seems to have resonated with diners, because enough of them took the time to vote the bistro into the top spot as Best Fusion Restaurant in Charlotte Magazine. The eclectic menu springs all kinds of surprises on diners, with fusion dishes such as fettuccini pasta topped with chicken in a mild curry sauce, and an upscale broccoli and beef dish made with tenderloin, string beans, and black pepper sauce. That spirit of fusion carries over to the drink menu, which contains both sake and sangria. There’s also slew of innovative cocktails, such as the Budina—a take on the mojito that swaps rum for vodka— and the Sake-2-Me, a blend of sake, Malibu rum, pineapple, and cranberry.
Using recipes passed down from generation to generation, chef Maneejun Sihavong, aka “Mom,” introduces palates to traditional Thai cuisine for lunch and dinner. At Deejai Thai Restaurant, her menu encapsulates a wide range of flavors that span from pork-stuffed dumplings in a light, sweet curry sauce to spicy crab and avocado salads. The kitchen team gladly modifies the spice level of each dish to meet guests’ personal preferences, whether they’d like mild bites or the intense heat of fresh chilies.
During the day, light pours in through the large windows in the dining room, where a light yellow accent wall adds to the sunny atmosphere. On the outdoor patio, diners polish off their plates while taking in fresh breezes and watching Wienermobiles in their natural habitat. Deejai’s bar keeps the good times flowing with wine, beer, sake, and specialty cocktails that pair harmoniously with meals.
Pisces Sushi Bar & Lounge delights guests with a diverse menu of upscale sushi and Japanese cuisine in an elegant modern setting. Start with traditional vegetarian spring rolls ($3) or a grilled skewer of bacon-scallop yakitori ($2.50). Unlike snake trousers, the fresh nigiri and sashimi are offered in pairs; mix and match freshwater eel ($4), yellowtail ($4.50), or sea urchin ($7). The multifarious maki selection spans from favorites such as the spicy tuna roll ($6) or California roll ($5.50) to house specialties such as the Pisces roll, which comes stuffed with avocado and white-fish tempura topped with seared salmon, aroi, and eel sauce ($12.50). Meanwhile, heat-seeking tongues can hone in on the grilled black cod with miso sauce ($12), the torched flounder carpaccio with ponzu infusion sauce ($14), or the hibachi-grilled filet mignon ($21.50).
The chefs at Ginbu 401 prepare Chinese-food favorites such as mongolian beef, salt-n-pepper shrimp, and sweet-and-sour chicken. But their reach isn't restricted to China; they also incorporate food from other cultures. They whip together pad thai, make a mean miso soup, and assemble more than 60 sushi rolls, including the 401 maki roll with tempura shrimp, salmon, and tuna.