November 23, 2016

Food: FUSE Restaurant Entertainment Emporium

A few weeks ago, some friends and I were looking for a new restaurant to check out for dinner and as were were discussing possible options FUSE Restaurant came up. I had heard about FUSE Restaurant before and throughout the summer would hear about a number of events that were happening there. However, I had yet to check out the place, therefore we all agreed to try Fuse Restaurant for dinner.

FUSE Restaurant Entertainment Emporium is a newer establishment as it opened earlier this year and is located in downtown Toronto's Corktown district at 366 Queen St. E. With my main knowledge of this place being in relation to events, I was very interested to check out their menu and try some of the various dished offerred...

Upon arrival, I was delighted to see the look and design inside the space. It had a very nice and welcoming ambiance. The oldschool R&B music playing in the background also helped to create a nice vibe as well.

The girlies LOL!
Soon afterwards we were seated and promptly began to check out the menu. I was happy to see that there was a good selection of options to choose from in all categories including appetizers, mains, and desserts. I for one like to have multiple options on a restaurant menu as opposed to smaller menus with limited options. Furthermore, the menu consisted of a nice fusion of international cuisine. The drink menu was also impressive in its variety of cocktails.

To start we ordered some cocktails. I had the Tequila Sunrise/Sunset and my friends both got the Planters Punch. I love fruity cocktails so was looking forward to trying these ones out. We all really enjoyed our drinks and so had a couple rounds of them lol. I also like that they were presented nicely with fruit garnishes. The serving size of the drinks were great as well.

Tequila Sunrise/Sunset / Planters Punch
Planters Punch
Coconut Shrimp Cocktal
Next up, we ordered our appetizers. As there were many options that caught out eyes on and wanted to sample, my friends and I ordered a number of appetizers to share which included: Coconut Shrimp Cocktail, the Sizzling "Kalbi" Beef, Calamari, Bruschetta and Corn Bread.

Everything tasted good. I especially loved the presentation of the Coconut Shrimp Cocktail in the martini glass. The shrimp was good, however I was not too much of the fan of the sauce the shrimp was in. On the other hand, one of my friends was fine with taste of the sauce. The Sizzling 'Kalbi' Beef was good as well and I definitely loved that it was a sizzling plate which added something fun to its presentation. The portion size of the Beef was a bit smaller than I was expecting, however I was still satisfied. Moreover, the Bruschetta was delicious and I really enjoyed the cornbread as well.

Sizzling "Kalbi" Beef
Sizzling "Kalbi" Beef / Bruschetta
Corn Bread
For our mains, I was originally going to try the Rack of Lamb, however after having all the appetizers I was getting a bit full so I decided to keep it small and ordered another appetizer for my main. Therefore, I ordered their Escovitch Fish Tacos for my main. My friends each ordered the Corktown Chuck Burger. One had it with regular fries while the other switched it for sweet potato fries. We all enjoyed our meals and the portion size for each was great.

Escovitch Fish Tacos

Corktown Chuck Burger with Sweet Potato Fries
Live Entertainment
As we went later into the evening, the live music band began to start their performance. I am a big fan of live music so really enjoyed having this addition to our evening at FUSE. The band that night was great and the lead singer had amazing vocals! This definitely enhanced the vibe in the space.

In addition, there is a 2nd floor to FUSE which houses their event/party space. There happened to be a party happening while were there so we went up for a bit and checked it out.

With Farley Flex, one of the owners of Fuse and former Canadian Idol Judge
During my night at FUSE, I also met one of the owners of the restaurant Farley Flex, which was great having a quick chat with him about the restaurant. All in all we had a great experience at FUSE. The service was good as our waitress was very helpful, the food was good and the drinks were delicious. I will definitely be back!...Plus I still need to try that Rack of Lamb :)

Therefore, if you are ever looking for a new restaurant to try with a great vibe as well as live music and turns into a lounge, FUSE Restaurant Entertainment Emporium would be a great place to start.

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