What do you get if you create a fusion of the best of America and Asia? Amasian food! I recently visited Jay Fu’s in the beautiful university city of Uppsala (less than an hour north of Stockholm), and was blown away. I loved the quirky details, like the Kung Fu outfit at the entrance, the cool menus shaped like fans and the details in food presentation.
I started off with The King: grilled and gratinated king crab with guacamole, browned yuzu butter, cucumber and habanero aioli, and my friend had the Tokyo Style Tartare: tuna tartar with avocado, fried shallot, sesame seeds, yuzu and coriander. We both had the suitably named Kungfu Girl with our starters; an American Riesling that stood up well to full flavours. For maincourse, I died and went to umami heaven with the Striptease: grilled strip loin from rangers valley with truffle teriyaki, tempura fried sweetbreads, shitake mushroom, kimchi dressing and roasted cauliflower, and my friend had two more starters; Tempura Fu: tempura-fried wild shrimps, and vegetables with chili-garlic mayo and mandu dip, and Texas Roll: norimaki with grilled foie gras, mango, red onion salsa, deep fried corn tortilla and avocado. I opted for an Australian Shiraz from Sellicks Beach that was smooth and velvety but with enough oumpf to handle the Striptease.
If you are ever in Uppsala, I really recommend that you try out Jay Fu’s. Granted, it is probably as far as you will ever get from traditional Swedish food but this is such a unique and fantastically executed fusion that it would really be a shame to miss it. The restaurant is located in the heart of the old university area, so you can take a post-meal stroll past the beautiful cathedral and the main university building.