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Fusion by name, Fusion by nature 

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If you like to eat great food at a reasonable price from the creative hands of a master chef, look no further than Fusion in Amarilla Golf.

This new “fine dining” experience is filling a definite gap in the market and has already received many accolades from customers who are either in Tenerife for a holiday or live here.

The lovely restaurant has been opened by Carole and Alan who already have the Premier Bar/ A. C. Woodenspoons just a stone’s throw away within the Fairways complex.

One delighted diner has already written on Tripadvisor about Fusion, saying: “We stayed at Fairways and definitely left the best restaurant until last. The meal we had at Fusion was wonderful. I had fillet steak and my wife had the local fish doroda. We enjoyed a jug of local sangria and then finished the evening with a fantastic sweet and a coffee. All this was really top quality and all for under £50! Many thanks for a great evening.”

On a similar thread, another posted this comment: “The Italian food with a twist was very good, reasonably priced food and wine. The staff were very helpful when choosing our meal and the chef gave a recommendation of what we might like. We will certainly go and eat there again.”

It’s lovely to read such glowing comments about a new venture because even though the worst of the economic crisis appears to be behind us, it still takes courage to open a new business and Fusion deserves everyone’s support.

A few weeks before our own review evening, we had met up with Carole and her “specially-imported” Italian master chef, Antonio Miceli who told us about his passion for cooking which began as a small boy. He loves to create but also has traditions at heart, hence Fusion is the very best name for the restaurant.

Antonio has come over to Tenerife from Naples and has cooked in 14 different countries on all five continents and this is very much reflected in his work.

It should be stressed that this is NOT an Italian restaurant. It serves interna-tional food, using only the best of produce, totally fresh of course, although you will find the Italian touches of the chef as he puts his own twist to the dishes.

It might be a cliche to say there is “something for everyone” but this is true. The menu has been carefully homed to ensure the team can concentrate on providing the customer the very best but there are options for all.

We were looked after by maitre d David who is English so you don’t have to worry about any potential language barrier.

We had a lovely table for two by one of the big picture windows which on one side overlook the beautiful Fairways pool and the street on the other side but both are linked with trees, shrubs and flowers so the outlook is picturesque. In the day, the spacious restaurant is light and airy and candle-lit in the evening.

There are no live acts or live entertainment, just pleasant and gentle background music as the food is the star of the show.

As David served us our drinks, we chose our starters pretty quickly as we decided to share the gorgeous sounding camembert with home-made jam and a crab/avocado/smoked salmon salad. Both proved divine.

The main course was harder but in the end, my dining partner opted for a steak with pepper sauce whilst I had medallion of pork in a porcini style. We knew the word sounded familiar and David confirmed this was indeed the distinctive mushroom much favoured in Italian cuisine.

It made my sauce a dark rich colour, flavoursome but not over-powering and both our steak and pork was of the very best quality, literally melting in the mouth and with not a hint of fat or grissle.

The inclusive garnish of the day was Mediterranean roast vegetables, with the yellow peppers giving a hint of a lovely sweet taste to complement the rest of the dish.

Other side dishes are extra, such as baby carrots in garlic and honey or Italian potatoes which we loved.

Outside the restaurant, we had noticed a chalkboard advertising the menu of the day, two courses for between 9.95 and 15 euros on average or you might also like to try the lunchtime barbecue between noon and 4pm held on a regular basis (just check dates in advance).

We thought the food was brilliant and lived up to Antonio’ s prized reputation. It was obviously our duty to try a dessert and it was a lovely surprise to find home-made ones, including tiramisu (of course) or apple pie or four flavours of sorbet ice-cream. We couldn’t resist the blueberry cheesecake which, it turned out, was made by Carole herself and believe me, it is fantastic and a pudding we would highly recommend. Soft, creamy and totally sumptuous!

Beautiful wines are part of the dining experience at Fusion and to help point you in the right direction, the menu includes descriptions as atmopheric as the choices.

To top if all off, the Italian influence wouldn’t be complete without coffee, including the Nino brand known throughout the world.

Fusion is open for breakfast from 9.30am, lunch is from noon to 5pm, evenings 7pm to 10.30pm, Monday to Sunday.  For reservations, call 639 990 476.

You will find the restaurant on Avenida Maria de Los Angeles on Amarilla Golf, with access up the wide white staircase on the roadside where you will alway find parking. Alternatively, it’s a nice walk from Golf del Sur as you can see the ocean and the marina. Otherwise, do take a car ride out or share a taxi to discover somewhere new and exciting.