Far East Fusion, a new Asian cuisine restaurant, celebrated its grand opening on Feb. 10.
The restaurant is an expansion of the Far East Asian Market, both located next door to each other at 1030 Northeast Palm Coast Parkway. Mayor David Alfin and his wife Tammy Alfin both attended the grand opening.
The restaurant features a mix of Southeast Asian cuisine: Cambodian, Thai, Vietnamese and even some Chinese. Alfin called the food "light, tasty, fresh and scrumptious." Everyone at Far East Fusion, he said, is committed to carrying on their culture through their food.
"They're dedicated to keeping their cultural integrity and passing it on to the younger generation," he said.
Store manager Sareena Saing said everyone at the restaurant was honored the Alfins attended the grand opening.
"We were just having a wonderful time taking pictures with the mayor," Saing said. "We felt important, as well, to have an important person in Palm Coast being able to be with us."
The restaurant had a soft opening period that began in December to let staff work through several trial-and-error issues, Saing said, especially under the high-pressure environment of a busy kitchen.
Saing said the team is looking forward to eventually expanding its menu with more Cambodian cuisine.
"We wanted to keep that we want to continue keeping that that loop that we come from," she said. "And it's all authentic. It's all made from fresh herbs and spices and all the natural [ingredients] from the wonders of the world."
The previous article on Far East Fusion from the Jan. 25 edition incorrectly identifed the head chef and store manager, a married couple. Their names are Touch and Sareena Saing.