Asian Fusion at Fairway Hotel
Date Visited: Tuesday, April 27th 2016
Reviewed by: Deborah Isharaza
I know it makes sense to start at the beginning but today I have to start at the end. The sizzling chocolate brownie. Wow. I would head to Asian Fusion for this dish alone. A scrumptious soft chocolate brownie served with ice cream and hot home made chocolate sauce sizzling on a platter in front of you. We were so full by the time this elegantly presented dessert arrived but we still managed to scrape the plate clean. Did I mention it was delicious? Actually beyond delicious.
Let me rewind and set the scene a bit. Asian Fusion is an outdoor restaurant located within the premises of Fairway Hotel though set aside from the main body of the hotel. It’s leafy, shady environment makes it an attractive location for meals or refreshments at all times of the day, as well as a great place for a meeting, for the surroundings are quiet and relaxed. It is hard to believe when you are sat in the restaurant gardens that you are just minutes away from the notorious Fairway Roundabout. But what an excuse to abandon the jam and head into Asian Fusion to relax and re-energise.
All the food we ate was beautifully presented and appealed to all our senses – just looking at and smelling the food, even the colourfully layered juice, made them appealing and more than whetted the appetite. We started with the garlic chicken, beautifully spiced and the softest chicken I have eaten in a long time, it just kind of melted in the mouth. The portion was a generous size and was accompanied by a well dressed salad.
For our main courses, we shared some traditional Indian dishes. The restaurant specialises in both Indian and Chinese food, and soon hopes to introduce dim sims too, but for today we stuck to the Indian dishes. My favourite of the dishes was Navratan Korma, my first time to try it and definitely something I would order again, not too sweet or spicy, and went very well with the Jeera rice. It is named after the nine jewels of the Great Mughal Emperor Akbar, represented by the nine vegetables included in the dish. We also had chicken tikka masala, a very commonly served dish although sometimes the marinade on the chicken can be too much. But again this chicken was cooked perfectly and was delicious. We ate all this with garlic naan too, a proper garlic naan, where you can actually taste the garlic in the naan.
By this time we were starting to fill up, but we were encouraged to go for dessert. This brings me back to sizzling chocolate brownie. Thank goodness we went for dessert, it definitely goes up there with my favourite desserts in Kampala and certainly cured my chocolate fix. It is not easy to find a rich, moist, not too sweet, not to bitter brownie in Kampala and the ice cream and chocolate sauce balanced on top were a classy alternative to a chocolate brownie sundae.
I was also thoroughly impressed with the service we received, which is definitely not something to take for granted in our city. Our waitress, Anna, was very attentive, regularly checking if everything was ok without hovering around the table, and other tables around us also seemed to be served promptly.
Several evenings a week Asian Fusion has live music of a variety genres, making it an all round attractive restaurant or venue to hang our, whatever time of the day.