Judging by the number of tables with a plate of cha gio (Vietnamese spring rolls), they must be a crowd favorite. Served with piles of cilantro, lettuce, cucumber, vermicelli and tamarind essence sauce, the freshly fried rolls earned grunts of approval even without the subtle encouragement of the tamarind dipping sauce. A staple of Vietnamese cuisine, pho is essentially a noodle and onion soup often made with meat and served with separate sides of bean sprouts, cilantro, mint, basil, lime and chiles. It may look like a bland bowl of noodles, but the dish is seamless and understated, with a variation in flavor owing to what some villagers say is the difference in well water. Fusion's pho ga is a generous portion of thin rice noodles, chicken, cilantro and onions in a barely-there broth with just a touch of sweet on the finish. Side garnishes of sprouts and lime went into my bowl, but I neglected the jalapenos, Sriracha and Hoisin in favor of the delicate flavors of the soup as it was served. Much less delicate than my pho was my amigo's dish of stir fry. After a thorough stirring at our server's insistence, sauce and chunks of chicken emerged from beneath a pile of rice noodles and chopped peanuts. Vaguely resembling a pad Thai, the dish was a sort of stir fry with which neither of us had anything to compare it to, but one that we both enthusiastically enjoyed not once, but twice when we made an afternoon snack of the leftovers several hours later.
Fusion Asian Grill
On one plate then the other ... BW sends two critics to one restaurant.FUSION ASIAN GRILLFUSION ASIAN GRILL3161 E. Fairview Ave., Ste. 110855-5930, MeridianMon.-Thu.: 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri. Sat.: 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Sun.: 11:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.Knowing Fusion Asian Grill was an a...