When Melody Yao immigrated to Los Angeles from southern China, she never dreamed she’d be living in Ojai. But, four years ago she and her husband, Chef Allen Phan, left the LA restaurant scene behind and moved here to open Asian Fusion Garden… a few months later their son was born. Their new family and new restaurant have blossomed in the agricultural garden known as the Ojai valley.
Asian Fusion Garden has a traditional Chinese menu with a fusion of Japanese, Thai and French flavors and tastes.
Special luncheon platters include spicy dishes such as General Tso’s Chicken and Szechuan chicken, shrimp or beef. On the non-spicy, but flavorful side, you’ll find Cashew Chicken, Honey Garlic Pork and Moo Goo Gai Pan, among the choices. But, if you have a yen for spicy Kung Pao Chicken or Beef, but not the “spicy” part, Chef Phan will tone down the hot just for you. The same is true for other spicy choices including his Orange Chicken. You want the dish, but not the hot – you got it. Plus, all luncheon entrées are served with a choice of Egg Drop Soup or Hot & Sour soup, plus an Egg Roll. It’s a mid-day feast!
On the dinner menu you’ll find a list of appetizers which include spicy Salt & Pepper Chicken Wings and Angry Jalapeno, sharing the page with non-spicy Crab Rangon and Vegetarian Tempura. There’s a selection of salads and soups, Top 10 Courses, including Teriyaki Chicken and Mongolian Beef, Signature 8 dishes such as French Style Deep-Fried Fish, Curry Prawn and Pineapple Fried Rice Thai Style with chicken or shrimp. There are beef, chicken seafood and pork choices – veggies and fried rice choices and Lo Mein, Udon, and Rice Noodle dishes all served in the restaurant’s inviting dining room. Or just have a cocktail and a few tastes in the bar.
Wander over to Asian Fusion Garden’s table and have an egg roll or two. Sample the Orange Chicken and welcome them to Taste of Ojai.
By: Ilona Saari
Asian Fusion Garden
842 E. Ojai Avenue
Ojai, Calif. 93023