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“Pleasant if Somewhat Underwhelming”

Fusion Seafood & Sushi
Ranked #6 of 245 Restaurants in Al Khobar
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $35 - $85
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Good for: Kids, Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic, Scenic view, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Le Meridien Al Khobar's pride - Fusion Seafood & Sushi is a new dining venue that offers a wide array of international specialties, fresh seafood and delicious selections in its one of a kind Sushi Bar. In addition, its famous 'Water Bar' adds a sparkle to bottled health waters that can be found - from still to sparkling - from different parts of the world. With stunning views of the Gulf, Fusion Seafood & Sushi is a haven of fine dining that has enriched the gastronomic panorama of the province overall.
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
“Pleasant if Somewhat Underwhelming”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2013

Confession time: I tend to run a mile at the mention of Fusion Cuisine - a “French take on a Balinese classic” or “Teriyaki Rabbit with truffle oil” feature heavily in my own private culinary hell. So it was with trepidation that I inspected the menu of a restaurant that apparently named itself after the philosophy behind these loveless marriages. However, the menu at Fusion offers very few (con)fused culinary traditions – clearly defined sushi gives way to distinct dishes of apparent authenticity. The feel of the restaurant is classy dining in a spacious and beautifully lit space. I ordered a combination plate of sushi and received a pretty presentation of Sashimi (red snapper and horse mackerel), Maki Rolls (Californian soft rolls and Tiger’s Eye) and Nigiri Sushi (crab and yellow fin tuna) – whilst I could almost smell the carbon footprint of these jet fresh offerings, they delivered a fine variety of tastes and textures. Apart from, that is, the crab – a crabstick tied to a lump of sticky rice by a band of seaweed is still just a crabstick. The quality of my main course was more consistent – Korean Bulgogi tenderloin that had been delicately marinated and grilled perfectly to the medium rare that I had requested. The meat gave way under the slightest knife-pressure and provided a mighty, mellow melt in the mouth. Unfortunately, the promised chilli and coriander finish was entirely missing and the dish suffered as a consequence with the nicely seasoned sauce tending increasingly towards a cloying distraction to the sumptuous tenderloin; the addition of more Gochujang paste in the marinade would have been welcomed. Washed down with a glass of fresh, but uninspiring, limon nana made for a pleasant if somewhat underwhelming meal. As Fusion is hidden within the Le Meridien hotel and the meal was topped by an amuse bouche and tailed by some complimentary petit fours, I expected to have amassed a considerable bill – in this, at least, I was not disappointed.

  • Visited June 2013
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Jubail
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
“Great Food and most expensive”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2013

They have the best Chef you can eat from, and the food is very tempting.
every meal i ate there is better than the next.

It was always a great experiance for tasting a true chef cousin.
but the pricing is very high

Visited May 2013
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London, England, United Kingdom
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“Check out the mineral water!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 3, 2013 via mobile

I have eaten here several times over the past three years and the food is generally very good but the service is inconsistent and can be poor.

When dining with colleagues, we generally start with a selection of sushi and then choose individual main courses. Whilst it is rare to find that everything on the menu is available, the sushi is generally very fresh, well presented and delicious. I have also always had fish as a main course and these dishes have generally been well prepared too. Choosing a fish from the counter and having it cooked in line with your preferences is a good way to go.

No review of this restaurant would be complete without mentioning the waters! Being in Saudi Arabia there is, of course, no alcohol, so the restaurant has made a feature of its 'mineral water menu' which carries descriptions of the waters available and these are also on display in cabinets around the dining area. Whilst I doubt anyone orders the expensive waters, it is is a nice feature and adds a little humour to the experience.

The only real downside is the service which can be poor with orders being taken incorrectly and courses not arriving at the same time. Speak to whoever is in charge quickly if things start off badly and the experience generally improves.

Visited April 2013
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“Sushi! But also great steak”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2013 via mobile

First time to visit Fusion. Loved the atmosphere which is very modern. My wife had the sushi. Not a very diverse selection but tasty nonetheless.

Had the Extra Tender Beef Tournedos...simply exquisite! The presentation and the sides was a deviation from current casual restaurants in the city.

  • Visited April 2013
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Dubai
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“Personalized service, great food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2013

I cannot say enough good things about the staff here; they really go out of their way to please you. I am a frequent business traveler and was bored of their menu (which, to be honest, is good but not innovative). On a recent holiday where we have the tradition in my country of eating shellfish, we asked them if they would make something special for us and they came up with the most delicious octopus and squid dishes they prepared especially for us. The next night we wanted vegetarian, so they prepared two different kinds of tofu dishes for us, just to our liking. I am so appreciative that they go the extra mile to help.

The sushi/sashimi is good hotel-sushi (but of course, it's hotel sushi; not NY sushi); the fish is excellent (esp full grilled fish or snapper). The service is better than average KSA service, but the warmth of people is wonderful.

  • Visited March 2013
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