A thousand tastes-A A +A
Friday, October 11, 2013
“A thousand tastes in one place” is how Fuzion Gourmet describes itself, and that is exactly what it wants to offer to diners who come into its subtly lighted interiors.
The ceiling with its laser cut tile-patterned ”carvings” may give the place a Moroccan feel but the menu proclaims its “thousand tastes.”
One can begin, for example, with Greek salad and then have Italy’s famous vegetable soup, the minestrone. Then for main courses, one can choose chicken tajine (served with couscous) from Morocco, flammekueche (a gratinated pie with cheese, bacon and onions) from the south of France, and seared tuna with sesame seeds or turkey fillet from the United States. For dessert, one can choose to be Italian with tiramiso, or American with blueberry cheesecake, or Belgian with café liegeois (coffee ice cream, hot coffee and whipped cream).
There are other flavors from other countries like the Philippine tuna head with belly soup, Austria’s wiener schnitzel, England’s fish and chips, Portugal’s bacalao ragout, and India’s vegetable samosa. It also has sandwich wraps aside from burgers: tandoori, Italian, burrito, sardines ala Mediterranean and Scandinave. For Filipinized pie flavors, there are pork adobo and chicken asado pies. And since this is also a deli, one can order customized sandwiches using the resto’s cold cuts and cheeses.
Behind this venture is Paris-based Divina Veloso-Couvreux who hails from Leyte. A well-traveled businesswoman, she used to have a catering service in Paris and a silver jewelry line. Right now, she is a consultant to a local gourmet outlet and being constantly in Cebu, she has decided to open this gourmet restaurant with Pinoy-friendly prices. All the food choices are based on her own recipes and her experimentation with the various ingredients of different cuisines hence the name Fuzion, a stylized version of the word fusion. She says she really wants Cebuanos to try the different flavors of various cuisines and and she has made sure her versions are ones that would agree with the Cebuano palate. She also wants the restaurant to be friendly to students so she has a special offer for them like crispy chicken or pork barbecue served with rice and a drink.
And her AltaVista mansion is available for big parties like weddings and debuts.
Aside from food, Divina’s other passion is decorating so the restaurant’s décor is all designed by her, including the ceiling design, the chairs and tables. The tables are all glass-topped, cleverly covering in various “boxes,” different pastas, grains, nuts and spices, which can be an identifying-them game for the diners, making, with the food, for and enjoyable and delicious dining experience.
Fuzion is in Juana Osmeña at the Mango Square, Juana Osmeña St., Cebu City, and is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. from Sunday to Thursday, and from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. the following day on Fridays and Saturdays.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 12, 2013.