Why go to a restaurant that features only one cuisine, when you can hit up a place that fuses two or more culinary traditions into a union of deliciousness. Because of Alaska’s location on the Pacific Rim, its rich native tradition and long history of immigration, fusion food comes naturally. Here are our favorite restaurants to get your fusion fix.
Ginger is one of the Last Frontier’s preeminent fusion restaurants. For more than a decade, Ginger has been pleasing the palates of even the pickiest Alaskans with dishes from around the Pacific Rim, as well as familiar Asian favorites. We really enjoyed the mango-teriyaki Alaskan tofu—a little local, a little exotic, a lot delicious.
Inspired by jazz music and Latin cuisines that range from Spain to South American and the Caribbean, Jazz Bistro on 4th brings a whole lot of warm spiciness to the sometimes-frigid Interior. How about the Cuban salmon, which pairs the best of Alaska with the some of the finest island flavors?
In the Capital City, V’s Cellar Doors pairs all the flavors of Asia with the cuisines of Mexico. The infused ahi, for example, is fresh, yellowfin tuna that is seasoned with Mexican and Korean spices and then served with avocado and kimchi aioli. Add a side of the kimchi rice to boost the Korean punch.
In Homer, Wasabi’s Bistro pairs classic Japanese and Chinese cuisine with classic American fare and the local foods for which Alaska is famous. Yes, you can get an Alaska seafood stew, but you will also drool like a moose when you take a bite of the Thai coconut curry rockfish.
In Alaska’s first city, you will find Filipino-inspired Asian classics right up alongside American comfort food in the beautifully-located (and aptly-named) Waterfront Asian American Dining. From loco moco and halibut burgers to lumpia and chop suey, you’re sure to find something delicious on the menu.
Mama Tud’s Kitchen Asian and Spanish Deli, in Anchorage, offers up one of the most interesting fusion styles in Alaska: Filipino-style Asian paired with Spanish/Basque cuisine. Here, you’ll find a delicious pork adobo right up against a richly flavorful binagoongan baboy.
The name Zen Asian Fusion Cuisine says it all, and it’s where folks in Juneau go to get a multinational fix of Asian and American flavors on a single menu. You can order up a hot dog or fish and chips, along with Asian classics like Mongolian beef, Thai green curry with shrimp, or crab Rangoon.
At the Double Musky Inn—in Girdwood—you’ll find a fusion on fusion restaurant: It pairs classic American and French cuisine with Cajun-style cooking (which is, itself, a fusion of French and Caribbean cuisine). If you’re feeling like bistro comfort food, order up the French pepper steak (steak au poivre) or kick it up a notch with an order of the jambalaya.
On the Kenai Peninsula, The Flats Bistro does not advertise itself as a “fusion” restaurant, however a glance at their menu or specials makes clear just how much their fresh, delicious dishes are inspired by global cuisines. Scotch egg? Mongolian-glazed lamb ribs? Shrimp scampi? From Italy to Mongolia—via France, Scotland, Alabama (pimento cheese hush puppies) and Alaska—a menu doesn’t get much more “fusion” than The Flats Bistro’s.
Folks in Eagle River can sample a wide selection of pan-Asian cuisines at Shine’s Asian Fusion Bistro. They offer Japanese, Chinese and Thai classics all on a single menu. From sushi and sashimi to pad Thai, tempura udon and Singapore mei fun, you’ll find something to make you smile at Shine’s.