The saying “We eat with our eyes” has never felt so true as when I had dinner at Fume Grill in Stroudsburg. Formerly a Chinese Buffet, new owners Janet and Kevin Li have transformed the ordinary, tired space to an extraordinary Asian Fusion Restaurant. Fresh decor, two Authentic Japanese Tatami rooms and a new sushi bar round out the restaurant’s atmosphere, while quality remains the key ingredient on the menu.
The couple has grown up working in the restaurant industry in metropolitan areas of New York and New Jersey. Janet takes on Managing and Marketing and Kevin serves as Chef. And although each run a different aspect of the business, the one thing they agree upon is using only the best ingredients. “We use only quality products to make the freshest food,” says Janet Li, “and we use no MSG while also offering gluten-free choices and brown rice for the health conscious who want to substitute.”
Li also explained that Asian Fusion is an offering of several styles of Eastern foods, including Chinese, Japanese and Thai. Fume specializes in Japanese and Chinese, and the Thai offerings are more in the style of the southwestern region of Thailand. However different the region, the beauty of the presentation is a common thread throughout every dish. As a firm believer that food should delight all of the senses, I was impressed with Kevin Li’s dishes. My favorite dish of the evening was the Mongolian Beef. Sizzling strips of perfectly marinated beef are paired with traditional Asian vegetables and seasonings to create a very comforting meal. There is nothing overdone or pretentious about the sushi; it is straightforward, simple and deliciously fresh. I also tried the Pad Thai, as it is my favorite Thai dish. I am used to a more subtle style of Thai, I enjoyed the hint of spiciness and thought it added an extra dimension to the dish that I am not accustomed to. 6
Whatever your favorite Asian flavor, Fume is cooking up some of the best in the Poconos. Make sure to go! Phone Fume Grill at 570.424.8889 or visit their website www.fumeasaingrill.com