Dining Spotlight: Fusion Taps; A World of Possibilities
Sep 04, 2018 02:19PM
Fusion Taps, 194 Blue Ravine Road, Suite 120, Folsom, 916-790-8324, fusiontaps.com
The menu features 24 craft draft handles that regularly rotate and 70 percent Thai entrées. The rest of the carte du jour weaves its way through Asian-inspired pub fare, which isn’t as simple as it sounds.
My first foray into the fusion experience was intimidating, as I ordered shrimp ceviche. Though hardly a blip on the radar, these beautiful prawns came arranged so delicately—looking as if they literally came fresh from the sea—and were completely translucent (cleaned and deveined). It was startling to see them without a hint of pink nestled over a bath of shredded cabbage and carrots in a spicy/sweet/citrus sauce composed of finely diced garlic, ginger, cilantro leaves, and chili threads. One bite relieved all apprehension, however: They were dynamite. I quickly devoured the rest, leaving their memory fiercely tingling my taste buds.
Next, I experienced three cultural icons in one by ordering the bulgogi fries, which included tender threads of Korean-style barbecued beef tossed into a basket of French fries coated in a fiery sriracha sauce and green onions. Not always a fan of trendy fries that are mixed with any manner of condiments, I loved these…especially alongside a cold, crisp craft beer.
Another “fusion” component followed with the hot wings—meaty mini-legs that were double deep-fried naked and tossed in a spicy sauce loaded with sliced jalapeños, Thai chili peppers, and chopped garlic, plus the obligatory ranch dressing and celery sticks.
After three starters, it was time for the main course: scallops. Perfectly seared then coated in a refreshing garlic-studded citrus broth over a mélange of greens and asparagus, the delicate preparation gave the soft tissue in my mouth a respite from the raging three-alarm fire that lingered from the aforementioned plates.
Last but certainly not least came the dessert dilemma: mango sticky rice or fried bananas and vanilla ice cream? “When faced with uncertainty over a difficult decision, take the road less traveled,” said no one ever…so I tried both. For me, it was the mango, hands down. “Try us out,” said the owner. “I think you’ll be surprised!”
Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. (Sunday), 3 p.m.-10 p.m. (Monday), 11 a.m.-10p.m. (Tuesday-Wednesday), 11 a.m.-midnight (Thursday-Saturday)
Try This: Shrimp Ceviche, Crispy Calamari, Bulgogi Fries, Fusion Hot Wings, Eggplant Delight, Basil Fried Rice, Scallops, Veggie Burger, Mango Sticky Rice
Drinks: Beer and wine
Heads-Up: 24 rotating craft beers on tap (flights, 4 oz. and 20 oz. pours, and pitchers available); multiple TVs; authentic “dish of the day” every Tuesday; spacious patio; occasional live music; weekly events include trivia (Tuesday), tap takeovers (Thursday), and karaoke (Thursday); weekday Happy Hour from 3-6 p.m.
by Lorn Randall // photos by Dante Fontana