I celebrated my 40th birthday dinner at Fuzion this past Wednesday with ten of my girlfriends. I had heard that the chef had changed. I was a wee bit aprehensive about having my birthday at Fuzion after reading some sceptical on line reviews stating that the restaurant was in trouble because they had lost their previous chef, however, I later found out that the new executive chef was Sam Girgis, formerly of Lure restaurant. Chef Girgis certainly has an impressive track record with kitchens as his many positive food reviews from Joanne Kates can attest to. So since I had enjoyed the restaurant under it's previous chef, and because I am familiar with Mr Girgis' culinary skill, I decided to take a chance and check out the new menu.
Overall I was very impressed. The menu offers a wide variety of choice. Seafood is featured very prominantly (as one might guess from the chef's previous background at Lure). There is also a daily seafood preparation, and a daily game preparation featured. Steaks are offered in 6, 9, and 12 oz portions which is nice. Many of my girlfreinds had six oz steaks. I ordered the 12 oz which I had a bit of trouble finishing even though it was lovely, served with a coliflower gratin and some kind of smokey onion jus. One of my girlfreinds had the duck, which also looked beutiful with a date and fois gras ravioli.
The chef also went out of his way to accomadate my picky vegan sister. Great vegaterian options and a tasty appetizers to start.
The service was good, and extremely freindly. Our server had a kind of disarming charm that put us at ease and really made our night. She had to ask one of the other servers what tatsoi was. This may be because the menu is new, or perhaps she was new, but as I mentioned, she was very freindly and the actual service was excellent.
When it came to the wine we had a little trouble deciding but when the Manager came over, he gave us a 10 minute crash course and helped us pick something that was a good value.
The low point of the evening was the desert menu. A couple of the desert items were sold out, despite being a slower night, which was disapointing, but I overheard one of the other servers say that a new desert menu was also immenant.
Overall I was very happy that I took the risk, and I got exactly what I expected and more than I had hoped for from this restaurant. Exellent cuisine, and very freindly service in a comfortable environment.
Dispite the rain, the manager also walked us to our cars, opening doors and carrying a rather large umbrella.
One last thing... Parking is a nightmare. Leave your car at home!