Fusion & Flavors Shows Off Peru's Eclectic Influences
|Photos by Eric Barton|
|Skip the marsala and go for the chicken saltado.|
Peruvian food isn't the standard beans-and-rice fare so common in South America. It has influences from the country's Asian, Italian, and Spanish immigrants, and that shows on the menu of the new Fusion & Flavors. The tiny storefront sits next to a Subway and between a couple strip clubs on Federal Highway in Oakland Park and boasts a menu of Italian and Peruvian staples, from chicken picatta to chaufa chicken fried rice.
The place was just about packed yesterday for lunch, but I didn't spot anyone
ordering the Italian dishes. After all, South Florida has plenty of Italian joints and few Peruvian ones (luckily, we've got a great Peruvian sandwich spot with Bravo). Likewise, I ordered a Peruvian staple, chicken saltado, which comes in a light and salty brown gravy with tomatoes and onions.
|Aji de gallina, with Parmesan and walnuts on top.|
Fusion & Flavors might be trying to do many things, but what it's not is expensive -- there's a lunch menu that's $5.99 during the week and $7.99 on the weekends. No doubt it has a couple hurdles to overcome, though, like whether a Peruvian joint also should serve penne bolognese. But it's good just to have one more place to try that Peruvian melting pot.