A pretty little cottage on West Swan Road houses Fusion on Swan, with dining areas both inside and outside on the encircling veranda.
On a wintry day, we dropped in for lunch – it is BYO – and sat inside near the fireplace, looking out through stained glass French doors onto the veranda.
The menu lists a range of café style dishes – pasta, salt and pepper calamari, fish of the day, steak, burgers, stir fries and the like.
The Wok of the Day (a beef stir fry) and vodka chilli prawns with pasta were our choices.
The chef was working alone on the day we were there – his waiter having failed to front for work – but despite that our food was served up pretty quickly – anyway we had a bottle of red to sip while we waited.
The beef strips were tender and juicy and the accompanying vegetables crunchy and firm – a sauce based on soy and a little chilli pulled the dish together. It was a generous serve and although the egg noodles stuck together a little, pretty much as good as you would expect of this style of dish.
My pasta was somewhat gluggy – the pasta perhaps cooked a little too long, and a little too much sauce– less sauce and less cooking time would have helped. Despite that the sauce was nicely spiced, with the chilli giving the tomato base a zesty lift, with a fruity back palate tone, I guess from the vodka. The prawns were well cooked with firm sweet flesh.
Fusion on Swan, from our experience on the day, is turning out pretty simple food but in pleasant surroundings – nothing out of the ordinary, just basic country style fare.
There is no great innovation or flair; but on a winter day with the rain coming down, sitting by the fire, warm and with a glass of red tucking into hearty food, we had no complaints.