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Fusion Food of Melbourne

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Published March 6th 2014
Melbourne's endless options of eateries cover so many cultures, but the amount of modern or fusion restaurants and bars seem to be dominating the scene. Below you will find some upcoming places that pride their selves in their ability to put their own twist on some traditional flavours and cuisines.

Fond of Fusion: 233 Glenferrie Rd, Malvern
A new gem in the south-eastern suburbs, this place captivates you with its atmosphere the moment you walk past. In contrast to the takeaway culture of Asian restaurants in this area, Fond of Fusion entices you with its comfy armchairs, candlelit tables and modern decor.

Fond of Fusion
Bubble tea, sweet potato chips and beef salad

Their food is primarily Taiwanese but you can feel the unique additions and influences with flowers in the beef salad and their gourmet sausage with crispy roti presented like a pizza.

Fond of Fusion
Gourmet sausage with roti

Furthermore, the owner was lovely and the service was attentive. They have a mix of interesting tapas and larger, shared dishes so drop by for a meal full of ambience.

Koba KBBQ: 119 Hardware St, Melbourne CBD
In contrast, Koba KBBQ is an exciting and casual lunch option for city dwellers. The friendly staff serve fresh meals inspired by Korean and Mexican cuisines.

Kimchi fries

A particular favourite dish is the kimchi fries, french fries covered in kimchi, cheese, caramelised onions, onion relish and sour cream. You'll find yourself unable to resist this creation!

Spicy pork taco set

You can also get tacos, rice bowls and burritos with your choice of filling, with options such as spicy pork or bulgogi. You will then see them freshly made at the counter after the meat is cooked. Koba is gaining a large following as people discover the complimenting blends of Korean and Mexican food, so don't miss out!

Rice Paper Scissors: 19 Liverpool St, Melbourne CBD
Towards the Parliament end of Bourke St you will find a plethora of places to eat, hiding amidst the laneways. Rice Paper Scissors is fairly new but already filling up at 6.30pm on weeknights due to its hype.

Their modern take on Asian tapas dishes and Eastern inspired cocktails menu make for a perfect place for some casual bites and catchup.

Rice paper scissors
Mini Vietnamese baguettes

For example, they've taken on dishes such as banh xeo, traditional Vietnamese pancake, and banh mi, Vietnamese baguette, and styled them into mini, tapas dishes. The pancakes were crispy and more like wafers whilst the baguettes looked like burgers but tasted delicious.

Rice paper scissors
A twist on the traditional Vietnamese pancake

More modern restaurants are popping up left, right and centre but these ones are already gaining great reputations, so try them yourself and hopefully you'll find something that suits your taste.
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Why? To try the tasty food at new fusion restaurants
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Your Comment
Another great fusion place I think you would love Mon is Fork and Fingers. Italian/Indian fusion
by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (score: 3|6051) 1369 days ago
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