From Wilmington to Rehoboth Beach, you can find a plethora of Pan-Asian fusion offerings, from sushi and curry to dumplings, tempura, and more. Across the state, you will find tasty teriyaki, fresh fish, and hot and salty soups, along with 5,000-gallon rooftop aquariums, Chinese hanging lanterns, savvy service, and that proper bang for the buck we have all come to expect from fusion cuisine. The choices were tough, but we have managed to narrow down the list to offer you our selection of the 10 best fusion restaurants in Delaware.
When a local fusion joint says it is a BYOB only, you may tend to think local dive bar or clandestine food cart, but these spots often serve up some of the tastiest, most authentic grub around. And Southeast Kitchen is no exception. With daily specials that will knock your socks off with flavor and spice, their regular menu also offers some not to be missed selections, like grilled salmon curry and kitchen dumplings.
This Asian fusion restaurant offers a large variety of Eastern dishes, from sushi to Drunken Noodles. Plus, this restaurant offers options like chef’s choice dishes or build-you-own courses. Check out happy hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Wednesday, and choose from dishes like Thai curry, filet mignon, and le shio grilled prawn, or lobster tails. Moreover, many items on the vast and delicious eat-in menu are also available for takeaway.
Established in 2006, Pot Stickers features Asian-fusion food as well as a sushi bar with hanging lanterns for ambiance. Li Shih, the Executive Chef and owner, studied in Taiwan and New York and wanted to bring the flavors from the two together in his own restaurant. Featuring expertly rolled sushi and sashimi offerings, Chef Li also offers dishes like orange duck, Thai spicy lamb, and claypot chicken.
Specializing in Asian-fusion and Malaysian cuisine, this spot offer noodles, sushi, and beer in a relaxed and eclectic atmosphere. And the menu is just as authentic, featuring dishes like “Pasembur” (cucumber and bean sprouts with shrimp pancake, tofu, hard-boiled eggs and special sauce) and salted cabbage fish head soup.
This Asian-fusion joint is also located in a strip-mall, but rather than offering an austere and sleek atmosphere, the venue is quite large and offers regular live music. Also, the restaurant and lounge offer Chinese, Thai, Japanese, and Vietnamese cuisines as well as fresh sushi and seafood dishes. Established in 2003, Jasmine has won a handful of dining awards, including 2010 Best Thai Restaurant.
A fusion of Japanese, Thai, and Malaysian foods, Nasi uses the freshest fish for their sushi and sashimi dishes, as well as authentic herbs and spices for their Malaysian and Thai offerings. By all accounts, this small, family-run restaurant prepares everything fresh by hand, and their limited menu offers only unique and limited-quantity menu items, like dumplings, satay, and curries.
This food joint started out as home cooking and soon grew into a thriving catering business. Who knew Delaware would have such an affinity for West Nigerian food? The upshot is a family-friendly restaurant, with all of the trappings of a family home where you can dine in or take out. Try out dishes like Amala with okra, rice and beans with red sauce, and “Moin-Moin,” (a high protein steamed black eye peas).
This hole-in-the-wall restaurant is new to the Milton food scene, and it offers a fusion of Thai, Japanese, Vietnamese, and Korean food. With a concentration on what food is fresh, available, and in-season, the folks at A Different Kitchen, transform those ingredients into delicious, authentic Eastern dishes. Check out the braised short ribs with kimchi fried rice and baby bok choy. Yum.
The Asian House is known for great-tasting, artistic sushi, excellent service, and something called a “Volcano Roll.” This sushi roll is just one of the many unique offerings from the chef, and it includes tuna, cucumber, crab meat, and wasabi inside a three-specials sauce “explosion” on top and over the sides. Also popular is the “Black Dragon Roll” and the “Holiday Roll,” both with eel.
Established in 1993 by Susan Townley Wood, the Cultured Pearl offers a relaxing and exotic dining environment that is full of bamboo, flowing water, Koi aquariums, and live birds. Plus, you have got to check out the 5,000-gallon “rooftop lake,” a giant fish tank that houses many aquatic species. Menu items feature Asian favorites like teriyaki, sushi, and tempura, as well as an ever-changing specials and kid’s menus.