We are die hard Asian fans. We've been to the Fuse place several times since we discovered it on Helmcken. Tho' we have loved everything we've had there, it's always exciting to try someplace new. We've been there twice since it opened. The first time was a private restaurant, we were the ONLY ones in there. The plus was that the service was great because there was 3 servers and us. The minus is that I was a bit scared about ordering seafood since it might not be all that fresh with no one else going there.
The martinis were great. My partner's wine was mediocre but freshly decanted. I could easily have had kept drinking if it wasn't a 'school night'. Our tuna sashimi was very disappointing and our chicken cashew dish was very mediocre - it had bursts of flavor and yet lacked pizzaz in other bites. I'm guessing the chef wasn't too big on even wok tossing. The one thing that made us go back the second time was the fish. I can't remember if it was Black Cod or Chiliean Sea Bass, it was a red curry reduction. Great balance of acidity and smoothness.
Second visit will prob be our last. It was a tad busier, but I guess that was enough to confuse the staff. no one approached us and I guess no one knew we were in their area so we were ignored for a while. When they finally figured it out, no one did anything to make us feel better. The duck spring rolls were all right - but not as good as either Goldfish or Fuse down the street. The Pad Thai was decent but considering I can get Pad thai in seven places within mainland, it would have to be outstanding to go back for that. All in all, the drinks were still fab, and I still enjoy the decor and what they did with it (We used to go here when it was Flight). Fun vibe, but I've changed my mind. This is now strictly a place to go meet friends for drinks before going elsewhere for dinner.
PS. This is a chain restaurant so it'll probably survive as it has deep money pockets. Otherwise, I would predict it would go away as quickly as its predecessors.
PPS. Want to try the new 'regional tasting lounge' anyone been there yet?