Wine Country Asian Fusion
When Chef Steven Zhao first started creating the ideas that became Eight Cuisine and Wine, he knew he wanted to bring together a wide range of Asian flavors with the fresh ingredients found locally here in Sonoma County.
While Wolfgang Puck is often credited with the first Asian Fusion restaurant in the 1980s, the fusion of different flavors and ingredients really dates back to the times of colonial expansion, migration and trade. As cultures, food, spices and flavors mixed, the foods produced were the original fusion.
Blending Flavors, Ingredients and Styles
The dishes at Eight, combine the long traditions of using flavors and spices to produce enticing results. Chef’s Zhao experiences in East and Southeast Asia, enable him to bring flavorful creations more commonly found in San Francisco, but now transported to the North Bay in Sebastopol.
“We really enjoy the process of creating these dishes. It’s a blending of the style of preparation, along with the spices, fresh ingredients and the sauces which make each dish unique.”
Chef Steve Zhao
The Wine Country and Asian Flavors
Eight brings together the many wonderful items found right here in Northern California and Sonoma County. The food is built around fresh, local ingredients, and we are fortunate to have local sustainable farms, creameries, organic produce, organic poultry and more just outside our doors.
In addition to these quality ingredients, this area is well known for its outstanding wines and craft breweries. We are blessed to have so many local options to pair wines with the food, hence Eight Cuisine & Wine.
The Meaning of Eight
Throughout Asia the number 8 represents good fortune and prosperity. Pronounced bā, it sounds similar to fā, meaning wealth and fortune. The number 8 is very popular and is sought after for phone numbers, house numbers, license plates and important dates. For example, the Beijing Olympic Games commenced at 8:08pm on August 8, 2008.
It is our good fortune to have the opportunity to share with you the flavors of Asia combined with fresh, local ingredients.