Japan meets France at Hip Karma Asian Fusion in Burlington

There is no sailing on the Karma Asian Fusion in Burlington. The restaurant drinks more than three pounds of caviar a week – that’s 15 cans of 100 grams each – and uses only real truffles. No truffle-flavored oil or peel here.

This abundance of quality ingredients is throughout the menu, starting with the “Salmon on Fire,” an appetizer with a description that doesn’t quite do justice to the presentation—and the deliciousness—of the dish. Long, thin strips of sushi-grade salmon, flaked in a beautiful mixture of edible flowers, sautéed shallots, and truffle chips, arrive at the side of a table-wrapped spit suspended atop a small pile of coffee beans. The server sets fire to coffee beans, which gently smoke the hanging fish. If the fire doesn’t burn on its own, sprinkling the slices with the accompanying fresh raspberry sauce will put them out. Salmon—rich in truffles and sweet raspberries—seems to be too much, but it’s absolutely true.

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