Ayres Hotels contain an impressive collection of restaurants that unfailingly provide diners with outstanding culinary experiences. Two restaurants in particular, Fusion Bites (located at the Ayres Hotel in Fountain Valley) and Anepalco (located at ALO/Ayres Hotel Orange) are particularly noteworthy for their exquisite blend of flavors and stunning presentations.
Fusion Bites’ name perfectly describes its eclectic menu. Owner and chef, Rosa Tong Heider, beautifully blends Vietnamese, Korean, Chinese, Thai, American, French, Mexican, and Indian cuisine to produce dishes that both excite and please the palate.
Her menu begins with a selection of small “bites.” Although small in size, these dishes are big on flavor. Among the enticing options are the egg roll fries, which are hand rolled potato filled egg rolls, decadently topped with bacon, sour cream, and truffle aioli. Chef Rosa also redefines “mac n’ cheese,” as she deep fries the macaroni and accompanies it with the bold flavors of chinese sausage and her house aioli.
Fusion Bites also offers an unprecedented version of flatbread pizza. The “Banh Mi” flatbread, for instance, contains an unexpected assortment of pork sausage, pickled carrots, cilantro, and spicy mayo. Such surprisingly complimentary ingredients are what makes dining at Fusion Bites such a unique experience.
Original items such as the Cali Crunch Slider and the Original Pho Slider have also contributed to Fusion Bite’s impressive reputation. These signature sliders feature handcrafted Asian steamed buns with innovative fillings.
The entrees also follow suit, as the options allow diners to delight their palates with unique flavor combinations. Popular options include the green curry steamed mussels, the salmon tartare, the kalbi tacos, and the sea urchin pasta.
To accompany your meal, the restaurants also overs an expansive drink menu featuring beers, specialty cocktails, wine, and sake. Happy hour occurs Monday through Friday from 4-7pm, where diners can indulge in the large array of discounted drinks and food options. Lastly, from the wonton apple pies to the s'mores trifle, diners are sure to find the perfect conclusion to their meal on the dessert menu.
As a “yelp.com” reviewer stated, “My taste buds thank you [Fusion Bites] and my stomach does as well! I’m so happy I had a chance to finally try this place out and I look forward to my next visit!”
Anepalco continues the tradition of excellence that Ayres Hotels’ restaurants provide. This eatery combines traditional Mexican ingredients with refined, French cooking techniques -- and the result is an exceptional wealth of flavors and finesse.
The Mexican-French fusion menu offers an expansive brunch and lunch menu. From savory options like the nortena omelette, containing short ribs barbacoa style, red onion, salsa milpera, cotija, and potatoes, to the sweet and succulent guava French toast, accompanied with cream cheese, coconut, and agave syrup, diners will surely find a way to satisfy their palates.
While it is definitely worthwhile to indulge in the many brunch options, dinner is where Anepalco’s unique blend of Mexican and French flavors are truly showcased. The dinner menu begins with small plates such as the deconstructed taco, queso fundido, and a warming tortilla soup. After indulging in one of these delicious starters, Anepalco’s inspired entree options continue to satisfy. One of the many popular items on the menus is Holy Mole -- a name that lives up to the dish’s flavor. This dish features braised beef short ribs, a demi-glace mole, mirepoix, and a turnip puree. Meat lovers can also indulge in Al Adobo, which is an 8 oz., all natural sirloin coulotte steak with chimichurri sauce and mini chilaquiles. Le Mexique Coq Au Vin combines the best of Mexican and French cuisine into the ultimate chicken dish. This jidori free range chicken is accompanied with pork belly, potato puree, and baby carrots. Entrees also include a variety of wonderful seafood options such as the Serrano Beurre Blanc. This pan seared tilapia comes with corn pico de gallo, potato puree, chile serrano beurre blanc, and is topped with cilantro.
The restaurant also has a tempting assortment of desserts that will force you to abandon your diet. Additionally, there is an expansive drink menu, ensuring that you will find the perfect pairing for your meal.When you dine with one of Ayres Hotel’s quality restaurants, you will receive both the enticing flavors and exceptional dining service that these restaurants consistently provide.