Over the last few years Amsterdam has seen a surge of new Asian restaurants, especially since the renovation of Chinatown. Likewise more fusion restaurants seem to be popping up as Dutch taste becomes accustomed to the more unusual, creative fare these kinds of restaurants offer. So it's no surprise then that another new Asian fusion restaurant has opened on the Zeedijk.
A-Fusion is the descriptive name of this already popular eatery just steps away from the Nieuwmarkt. The intriguing menu and reasonable prices have tourists and locals alike dropping in for lunch and dinner. Their creative fusion of Asian flavors combines elements of Japanese, Chinese and Indonesian/Malaysian cuisines.
The sleek decor with warm woods and blue accents is offset with beautiful live orchids and lilies scattered about the room. The only strange thing is the projection TV on the wall playing Japanese commercials. This silent infotainment might seem dissonant, but it really did fit in with the modern Asian motif, and I'd take it over a football game with my meal anytime.
For appetizers we ordered a Hot and Sour soup (4 Euros), which came with a rich tasty broth and some very hot red chilies. If you don't like it so hot, let them know or avoid eating those. My Seaweed Wrapped Sesame Chicken rolls were sublime, four for 3.75 Euros.
My main course of udon noodle soup had shitaki mushrooms, bok choy and was topped with chicken satay sticks with an excellent dipping sauce (8.50 Euros). On the menu it was actually a mixed satay, but they gladly substituted my preference. My friend had the Seafood Fried Rice which was served in a whole pineapple. This huge portion contained shrimp, squid and some of that crab-like substance the Japanese love. It was light and delicious but so filling, we couldn't finish it.
I ordered a Coconut Bubble tea to see if it was like those Tea Shakers I'd had in Barcelona. So I was surprised when I discovered the "bubbles" were actually tapioca pearls. Good thing they served it with both an extra wide straw and a spoon. It was delicious, with good coconut flavor, not too sweet (they asked my preference) yet I had trouble tasting the tea. But that was the only fault I could find with this place on my first visit.
The service was very good, and I noticed the waiters constantly scanning the tables for anyone needing assistance. It almost made me feel like I wasn't in Holland anymore. The price was right, with our bill coming to around 32 Euros for two with drinks.
A-Fusion is a very pleasurable experience where tasty surprises await adventurous diners.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-01-12 14:08:31 My Score: Very enjoyable and reasonably priced food. The sate is the nicest I have had outside Asia and the duck in a bun with vegtables and plum sauce is sublime.
Posted by Anonymous on 2005-10-07 16:55:23 My Score: Very enjoyable experience. Good value, interesting dishes.
Posted by Anonymous on 2005-03-16 15:26:49 My Score: This is my favourite restaurant in my hometown Amsterdam. It has great food for a reasonable price and the waitress is always very kind.
About the Bubbletea: The waitress explained to me that it comes originally fron Taiwan where they made milkshakes with tea in it because it is cheaper than milk. According to the waitress however, it tastes worse with tea in it than with milk so in the restaurant they make them with milk only instead of tea, unless you specifically ask for one with tea in it.
Posted by Patryk on 2004-11-22 16:01:09 My Score: Great food, highly recommended!
Posted by Anonymous on 2004-07-13 19:39:55 My Score: Always cheer up when we decide to go there
Posted by mcDull on 2004-05-12 11:55:10 My Score: As a frequent customer (especially for the Bubble Tea) I was explained that there is no tea in the Bubble Tea. Bubble Tea started out being made with Red Tea and got it's name from there, later on more flavours were introduced. Great Food, Great Service, Great Atmosphere.
Posted by Anonymous on 2004-02-13 15:03:24 My Score: The food was simply great, lot of dishes where to choose from, the place is very simply but reminded me in some way to litlle restaurants in Kyoto.
Price-quality relation is very good, strongly recommended.
Posted by Anonymous on 2004-01-07 16:13:41 My Score: Absolutely outstanding food. After treking about for ages trying to find something for all of us, we found this place. We went at about 4.00pm and the place was not busy at all. Therefore we didn't have to wait long for the food and the service was outstanding. I would definately recommend this, and can't wait to go on our next visit to AmsterdAM!