As the first post on this blog, I wanted to feature a Vietnamese place because that's where my roots are. I also wanted to pick a Vietnamese place first, because as someone who can get Vietnamese food at home, me going out to get Vietnamese food means something. It means that the flavors there are amazing, and are close to what I know. These places won't be featured often, because of how rare that I feel that they are.
Because this is the first blog post, I'm going to explain the concept of how I see them working. Since this is a blog inspired by my Grandma Sau, and Sau in Vietnamese translates to six, for each post I want to feature six favorites, and one of them will be a Grandma Sau's Favorite, which will be an equivalent of a must-try. Here are my six favorite things from AA Garden Fusion.
1. Shrimp Stir-Fry Noodles
When I first had them here, they were pad Thai on the menu. In my experience, it's the best that I've had. They're packed with flavor, and there's an even balance of noodles to vegetables. It's a dish that is even child-friendly, because my little sisters even love it.
2. Lobster Ragoons
I don't like to go out and get egg rolls from very many places, because 9/10 times I'm pretty disappointed. This fusion of ragoon and egg roll is very clever, and they're definitely packed with lobster. The dipping sauce ties all of the flavors together in perfect harmony.
3. Asian Alfredo
This is dish is one that the owner made with creative liberties, and I will say that you won't be able to get anything like it anywhere else. Asian Alfredo is a blend of Asian flavors with Alfredo sauce, which is then tossed with vermicelli noodles. When I first read it on the menu, I didn't think that it would work very well. I was definitely wrong, because the taste made my tongue dance.
4. Coconut Mussels
On the menu, you have the option of curry or coconut flavoring, and as a person, I will always choose coconut because I love the creamy sweetness of it. This is one of my favorite things, especially since it comes with the grilled bread. The mussels are great, but at the end of it, I would be okay with just the coconut sauce to dip the toast in. It's practically addicting.
5. Steak and Meatball Pho
Vietnamese places are known for pho, so if this place couldn't do it authentically, I would just call it a fusion place and get on with my day. But they do it right, and the secret to that is having a great broth that is packed with flavor, but not overwhelming. They do that consistently with their pho, and that's why I can say this place does great Vietnamese food.
6. Grandma Sau's Favorite: Creme Brulee
The dessert menu of this place is always changing, so if you ask your server and they say creme brulee is on the menu, you won't regret it. Creme brulee and flan are my grandma's favorite things to buy out, because she hasn't been able to perfect her own. The special thing about the creme brulee at AA Garden Fusion beyond how creamy it is is that they have seasonal flavors. I've had the peppermint around Christmas, the white chocolate in the summer, and even a matcha flavor. I've loved them all, and I cannot recommend the creme brulee enough.
So since this is my first food blog post, I would love to have some feedback. What are your thoughts? Does AA Garden Fusion sound like a place you want to try? Is there anything you would want to see here?
Thank you so much for reading. I hope you're experiencing some tasty tones until next time.
About AA Garden Fusion...
Started in 2014, the casual Asian-fusion restaurant has been thriving in the shark bite capital of the world receiving numerous awards from "Star of the South" to "Best on the Beach."
Address: 206 Flagler Ave, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169
Phone Number: (386) 410-4772