1618 Asian Fusion
This sleek restaurant on Austin’s East Side makes a convenient outpost for those with a hankering for a wide selection of Asian fare. The menu spans Vietnamese, Thai, Chinese, Singaporean, and general Southeast Asian cuisines, with dishes like pad thai, pho, and General Tso’s chicken. Sadly, the kitchen had just sold out of the highly regarded lemongrass lamb chops when we visited, but we took delight in another top dish, hu tieu kho (dried noodle), which allows you to do up your own Vietnamese noodle bowl with a sweet and buttery pork sauce, savory broth, and fresh items like bean sprouts, cabbage, and jalapeño. Sesame chicken hit all the anticipated high points, with a not-too-bready coating, but our favorite dish was a vegetable curry featuring tofu, potatoes, and oyster in a velvety, soul-warming yellow curry.
Cuisine: Asian Fusion