Fusion cuisine combines culinary traditions to create new ones, much like fusion history, which combines the most compelling aspects of different cultural traditions to create blockbuster movies. Dabble in conglomeration with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Indian-Chinese fusion cuisine at Mumbai Chopstix.
The foodsmiths at Mumbai Chopstix meld the cooking techniques, ingredients, and seasonings of India and China to craft a menu of refined Hakka cuisine. To create the calcutta szechuan shrimp dish ($19.95), they baste a collection of juicy mollusks in a spicy sauce replete with the gustatory firecrackers of garlic and chilies, and to summon the amalgamation of sweet and savory flavors in the mango chili chicken ($16.95), they coerce morsels of chicken to play a round of double dutch with slices of mango and bell peppers before glazing them all in a desi chili sauce. Guests can also hang a fang on sautéed hakka-style lamb ($17.95), or eschew meat altogether for the Buddha's Delight, a soy-garlic-soused consortium of sautéed tofu, mushrooms, and spinach ($16.95). Peking duck samosas ($6) prime appetites with flaky pastries that brim with roast duck, swan diving into the Mumbai salsa by their own volition.
The 100-seat restaurant sports a distinct dining area on each of its three tiers, channeling positive energy with décor designed by a feng shui guru. The warm-toned walls sport an assortment of original artwork with both Chinese and Indian influences, and an outdoor patio area presents diners with courtside seats for views of the surrounding neighborhood and any impromptu Olympic-style hopscotch tournaments.
254 Newbury St.
Boston, Massachusetts 02116