On Wednesday, prior to seeing a charming production of Twelfth Night, my parents, their friend Renee, and I went to JuJuBe in Chapel Hill.
I knew we were eating out, but I assumed it would be our standard pre-theater steak-frites type affair. Walking into an Asian fusion restaurant instead was quite a surprise. I didn’t get any pictures of the decor, but I really liked it. Lanterns hung from the ceiling, and black and white photographs of Asian culture decorated the red walls. My favorite was a portrait of a very happy looking old man.
I rarely order appetizers on my own, but when my dad ordered a trio for the table I was happy to help with consumption.
The first, and my favorite? The sweet potato and cilantro fritters. I am not a cilantro fan, but you couldn’t even taste it in these. Instead they tasted like fried mashed potatoes, which basically means they were excellent.
We also ordered two types of dumplings. I don’t remember which picture is of which kind of dumpling. The one here, I’m pretty sure, is the steamed bbq pork belly. It had a kind of smokey bacon flavor. The second (the picture below this one), is the pan-fried pork and cabbage dumpling.
For my entree, I strayed away from my usual comfort zone of chicken and ordered salmon. It came with collard greens and 5 spice mashed sweet potatoes. The salmon was fine, but I really liked the potatoes! ALL the carbs!
I’m always a little intimidated by the menus at Asian fusion restaurants because I’m not as familiar with the flavors they describe. Happily, everything I tried at JuJuBe was excellent. If you’re looking for unique twists on Asian flavors, JuJuBe is a great place to (JuJu)be.
See what I did there? I’m hilarious.
What about you readers? Tried any fun new restaurants lately?