Social Fusion Kitchen: Asian Fusion Done Right

We recently got the chance to visit Social Fusion Kitchen in San Mateo, CA, and we can say, without a doubt, that they do Asian fusion the right way! There are a lot of ways that fusion dishes of any combination can go wrong, but everything we tried we would totally recommend. The restaurant, located at 60 E 3rd Ave #108, has a nice mix of things on the menu, and has a cool modern vibe if you decide to dine in. Without further ado, let’s dig in!

We like stackin’ our food as tall as we can, and we couldn’t think of a more appropriate way to show off Social Fusion Kitchen’s nomtastic Ahi Sliders. The ahi was seared just right, and with some of their house slaw, wasabi aoli, and avocado thrown into the mix and placed between two pieces of mini brioche, everything came together perfectly. The bun-to-middle ratio was on point, and we just wish there was more!

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The day we went it was pretty warm outside, so one of the first things on our minds was a refreshing drink when we sat down. Luckily, Social Fusion Kitchen had us covered. The awesome staff recommended their Thai Iced Tea, and it was definitely a great call. Topped with a little mint, once we mixed it all together and muddled the leaves with our straw, it was refreshing, sweet, and totally hit the spot.

Next, we got a side of the Kung Pao Wings, and we couldn’t stop eating them. The subtle sweet and saltiness of the sauce worked wonders as an appetizer and would, no doubt, be an amazing side dish to chow down on alongside a beer or other drink during happy hour.

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We may have unintentionally saved the best for last here. We were totally blown away by Social Fusion Kitchen’s Ahi Nachos! They’re made up of ahi tuna and avocado poke, crab salad, green onions, black sesame seeds and cilantro with wasabi aoli, unagi sauce and sriracha aoli over house made wonton chips. It’s that last part – the crispy wontons – that really completed this dish for us. We’ve been to other places that served poke nachos, but with tortilla chips, and remember how we said there are a lot of ways fusion can go wrong? For us, that’s one of them. Tortilla chips are a little too salty, but crispy wontons really complement the other asian flavors in this dish and we absolutely loved it!

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If you find yourself in the peninsula and you’re looking for an awesome new place to try, definitely give Social Fusion Kitchen a shot! Heck, if you’re in SF or anywhere else in the bay, we still recommend making the drive (especially for those ahi nachos!) so head on over and let us know what you think. Till next time, Nomsters!

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