Fú: Updating classic Asian flavors
When opposites attract, it’s often hard to know what to feed them. Should you cater to the meat-eater or throw your support behind the vegetarian? If you’re headed to Fú Asian Kitchen in the Hard Rock Hotel, your problem is solved and you’ll satisfy everybody.
The vibrant space, with calm greens and greys, punctuated by deep pops of red (and one impressive archway leading in), promises a dinner to remember. The Asian fusion restaurant’s menu comes stacked with dishes that channel Thai, Vietnamese, Korean and, of course, Chinese cuisines. There are many paths to wander during your meal, but Asian tapas and a cocktail or two make a great place to start. Be sure to let the chef or servers know who in your party needs vegetarian or vegan options; they’ll be happy to help.
Cocktails named for the Chinese Zodiac take inspiration from a number of other drinks—the Rooster brings the flavors of a mai tai on board, while the Pig combines sake and soju infused with fruit for a smooth sip. You can go traditional here with pot stickers and edamame, but try Fú’s roast duck quesadilla with hoisin and goat cheese for a deeply satisfying morsel, unctuous without going overboard. Getting it without the duck, surprisingly, gives you just as good a flavor—the hoisin sauce really complements the goat cheese—who knew it would be so good? Lettuce cups with Thai basil and minced chicken can be created with faux meat as readily as with the fowl, and both versions are equally enticing.
That versatility continues through the main courses, with grilled beef tenderloin presenting a striking picture—an island of tender pink meat surrounded by broccoli trees and a sea of buttery brown sauce. Peking duck matches that, with beautifully crispy brown skin covering the fatty breast. Scoop it up with steamed buns and hoisin sauce.
Kung pao chicken can be created in a vegetarian version, too, with peanuts and the same sauce as the original dish. Grooves in the faux meat (which is in itself quite tasty) add a welcome texture and help capture the sauce. Get one of each of these, close your eyes and see if you can distinguish the original.
Fu Asian Kitchen
What might be in store if you decide on dessert? Banana spring rolls are rolled up and fried, served with ice cream and caramel sauce, while chocolate beignets and mochi are hard to resist.
Although Fú may mean luck, it’s skill in the kitchen that brings these fortuitous gatherings in the dining room.
Hard Rock Hotel, 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun.-Thurs., 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat. 702.522.8188