Like a tongue on a flagpole in February, fusion cuisine results from curiosity and a shortage of popsicles. Rein in restless taste buds with today's Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of Asian fusion cuisine at Sara's Restaurant.
The gastro mavens at Sara's Restaurant synthesize a spectrum of traditional Asian dishes infused with creole culinary techniques. Ready palates for the cross-cultural feast with Louisiana crawfish eggrolls accompanied by an entourage of oyster sweet chili dipping sauce ($7). Grilled muscovy duck breast nestles its namesake ingredient atop a bed of jasmine rice and plumb reduction ($19), and seafood dishes such as the sesame-crusted salmon ($16) and coconut shrimp ($18) send diners on seafaring culinary expeditions without having to get passports stamped by Atlantean customs agents.
Head Chef Cristina Trinh of Sara's Bistro honors the traditions of New Orleans with her menu of seasonal and local products, but not in the way one might think. While the menu does include staples, such as crab salads and pork chops with praline pecan sauce, the chef gets a kick out of throwing in a few twists—dishes like coconut curry tofu with homemade tofu, braised curry-spiced lamb shanks "Osso Bucco", or crawfish spring rolls with sweet chili oyster sauce. It’s this inventiveness that defines Sara’s Bistro, which seeks to honor not only New Orleans’ Creole heritage but also its history as a port city for international travelers and their travel sporks.