The name nods to the restaurant’s 1618 E. Riverside Dr. address and the Golden Ratio, a number that historically has religious, aesthetic, and mathematical significance. According to the release, the individual numbers also have resonance in Asian culture, representing “new beginnings and people, balance and living a harmonious life, and growth and infinity.”
Fittingly, the cuisine was inspired by owners Kevin and Lynn Tran’s extensive travels. Though “fusion” is in the restaurant’s name, the menu is devoid of culinary mash-ups. Instead, it takes a pan-Asian approach with flavors from Vietnamese, Thai, Chinese, Singaporean, and Southeast Asian traditions.
Popular dishes like pad Thai, pho, and green chicken curry are served alongside entree options like Saigon grilled lamb chop, spicy banana leaf-steamed salmon, and lobster in Singaporean chili sauce. Kids can opt for one of four meals featuring choices like fried rice and sesame chicken.
In addition to the food, 1618 also boasts a full bar. Cocktails include light sippers like the Pink Coco (gin, coconut, raspberry, and lime juice); Secreteni (vodka, lychee, and cucumber juice); and Tropical Asian (tequila, triple sec, mango, and chili salt). Non-imbibers can choose complex beverages such as egg yolk coffee or a lemongrass tangerine refresher.
Though the minimalist interior has some upscale gloss, the restaurant aims to be approachable and comfortable for families. A fireplace and small gift shop at the entrance creates a cozy feel and a spacious patio will be opening in the upcoming weeks.
The pricing follows suit. Most entrees hover around the $14-$16 range, while the kids meal is only $8. Cocktails are sold at $6 apiece.
Currently, 1618 opens Monday through Thursday, 11 am-3 pm and 5-10p m; Friday and Saturday, 11 am-11 pm; and Sunday, 11 am-10 pm. The release promises expanded hours and more additions to the cocktail and food menus as the eatery settles into business.