Fusion Taste is a Chinese/Japanese restaurant in Arlington Center at Broadway Plaza. Fourteen of us went there, giving us a chance to try a wide range of dishes.
The ambiance of the restaurant is welcoming, with several seating areas to accommodate larger parties. It has a full bar and, in general, the serving staff was friendly and provided good service to our party.
Uri started with hot-and-sour soup, which had a good balance of sour and heat but was not remarkable. Linda ordered spring rolls, expecting the fresh style, but they were fried. Overcoming her disappointment, she tried some, but found them to be pretty ordinary.
Other members of our party ordered crab rangoon, egg drop soup and other appetizers. The general feeling was that everything was satisfactory, but nothing was really outstanding.
For main courses, most people ordered Chinese, with one couple ordering sushi. They were very pleased with the quality of the sushi and the variety of the pieces.
Uri ordered Shredded Beef in Chili Sauce and found it to be under-spiced. He requested chili oil, which brought up the heat level to his liking.
Linda ordered Sesame Chicken, which she liked, but, again, it was not up to her usual standards for Chinese fare. It was crispy and had an abundance of sesame seeds, but the sauce lacked flavor.
One woman ordered a salmon special with vegetables, and the sauce was overly sweet. Another man ordered a shrimp dish and commented that he found the shrimp to be mushy.
We felt the prices were average for Arlington; however, the overall value, given the fair quality of the food, was not good. Several people in our party agreed with the view that the food was just okay, but not memorable.
In their occasional Bread & Butter column, Linda and Uri Guttman review dining experiences in and around Cambridge.