"Many Asians feel western cuisine is beneath theirs."
It's OK for them to say that since, on the whole, they're right. But I remember when I visited China how our guide said, regarding the KFC we passed in Beijing, "Why would I eat that? My mother can cook chicken 102 different ways," to which I replied, "Yes, but it's best fried. Why not just eat the best?" He changed the subject.
"I've led many an American/Britsh/Australian into Tijuana and pointed out safe, good Mexican restaurants. Most wound up either at Burger King, KFC or the Hard Rock Cafe."
??? You lead only crazy people?
But I'll have to admit, for my own taste, I'll take TexMex anytime over what I've had in Mexico. It just tastes better. Same with the Chinese food I had in China. It was OK, and similar to what I've had in America, but not as tasty. I can't explain why. I guess it's Americanized to meet our American tongues, but I like the Chinese restaurants in America better than anything I tasted in 3 weeks in China (except for the Peking Duck in Beijing...in a class all its own).
"And in reference to Denny's, the same British/Australians loved them."
This is interesting. In the 90's we hosted a Swedish exchange student for a year. In 2003 the Swede and his family flew to Los Angeles and my family met them there for a vacation together. One night we drove 30 minutes looking for a place to have dinner and couldn't agree on a place. I finally told them, "Just pull into that Denny's". The Swedes went wild over the place and we had to eat at Denny's 2 more times that week!! In their 3 weeks in America, the only place they liked better than Denny's was the Bonanza "food bar" here in our little town in Arkansas!
Of course, Sweden isn't really known for its fine cuisine!