A friend recently emailed me raving about a new brunch option on the Hill and insisted I try it out as soon as possible. I always love new choices — especially ones that offer a more creative menu, and ones that are not very well known so I can get a table without a reservation or long wait. So on a recent lazy weekend when I was somehow without brunch plans, I decided to try out Fusion Grill.
Fusion Grill is well known around the Hill for its Asian-fusion menu, and its expansive Chinese menu for quick neighborhood delivery. For brunch, though, it’s not exactly the first thing that would come to mind. But a few months ago they set out to change that, developing a menu that is inspired by their Asian focus and the local seasonal foods from neighboring Eastern Market.
With only five entrees and seven sides it’s not a large menu, and while it offers pancakes and eggs, you get them with an Asian twist. For example, the sweet fusion pancakes are rice-based, and the coconut brioche French toast comes with ginger maple syrup. Craving eggs? Try the Chinese roasted pork frittata with roast pork, scallions, and green & red bell peppers. Or try the organic scrambled tofu with Roasted tomatoes, curry, caramelized onion, pea shoots, and sweet potato wedges. They also offer steak and eggs with fried rice, grilled salsa, and sweet potato wedges.
Sides include eggs cooked to order, potato wedges, sticky rice sausages, bacon, a house-baked peach danish, fruits and brioche toast with whipped Amish butter. And we can’t forget the drinks! The mimosas were a bit weak but at $20 a pitcher, my friend and I didn’t mind. I was not brave enough to try the deconstructed bloody Mary (house infused tomato vodka, tomato water and peppered tomato dust), but my friend who recommended Fusion Grill said it was excellent. You can also get a rhubarb vodka lemonade, fresh peach bellini, a fusion margarita, and more.
For the price (entrees run $7-$9) and creativity of the menu, this is definitely a great place to checkout when you want something a little different, and want to avoid large crowds. Brunch is only served on Sundays from 11am – 3pm.