Fusion Café: my choice for best Korean homestyle cooking

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Fusion Café is located at 1224 N. Broadway in Moore (map).  They are open Monday through Saturday from 11am to 9pm (summer) or 11am to 8pm (winter). You can reach them by phone at 405.759.2233.  Mastercard and Visa are accepted.

Fusion Cafe in Moore, Oklahoma City

I’ll sum up this review in the following sentence — eating at Fusion Café reminds me of eating at home, but it’s better than my mom’s cooking.  Please don’t tell my mom that I said that. She might cry.

From the outside, the restaurant is pretty non-descript with the exception of the obvious orange signs outside.  The ambience inside is a stark contrast to the plain exterior. You can come here for a meal or just come to read a book while sampling the various flavored teas or milk teas on their inviting sofa or typically empty tables.  This is a café after all.

However, if you’re going to come to Fusion Café just to enjoy their drink bar, then you’re totally missing out!  This is one of only a few restaurants in OKC that offers teriyaki bowls ($6.95-7.95) or Bento “rice boxes” (also $6.95-7.95).  For the most part, this place is a fusion of Korean and Japanese-style food with a pretty equal distribution of the two cuisines from sushi to bulgogi.

The ultimate stars of this restaurant, however, are the spicy potato stew ($6.95) and Chef’s Specialty ($10.95) — aka “goat” stew.  I’ve had the pleasure of trying both and I must say that both are superb!  The owner mentioned that once you try the goat stew, you won’t want to go back to the spicy potato. I have to agree. Their menu describes the Chef’s Specialty this way — “Rich soup made with tender goat meat and traditional Korean spices and seasonings.”  I can’t really figure out all the ingredients that go into the dish, but the one ingredient that has a prominent presence is perilla leaves (an herb that is a member of the mint family with an aroma reminiscent of apples and mint).  The slow-boiled goat meat is super tender and absolutely delicious.  I ordered it with medium spice and it had just the perfect blend of seasoning and heat (of course, I like things spicy, so keep that in mind).  If you prefer less heat, the spicyness can be adjusted when you order but Korean food is generally known to be pretty spicy.

The spicy potato stew is described this way — “Traditional Korean hearty stew with rich savory broth. Made with pork neck bones and potatoes.”  It’s not as delicious as the goat stew, plus this dish requires a bit of work to get all the meat out of the neckbones.  Depending on how meaty the neck bones are you might get more or less meat. Nonetheless, I usually go home pretty satisfied with the portions. Each bowl includes an entire potato, sliced onions, and chilis. 

I went to get the goat stew the other day and they had run out (which goes to show you that if you’re REALLY craving the goat stew, it’s best to call ahead to make sure they have some ready). Since my mom and I drove all the way down there to try the goat stew and came up lacking, I think they gave us extra meat portions in the Potato Stew we ordered. I must say, I was quite happy with that addition.

If you happen to come with a friend or a significant other, you can go off menu and get the “jung-goal” or family-style versions of the stews that can easily feed 2-3 people.  The stew is actually cooked on your tabletop with one of those portable butane cooktops.  Once you’ve dished out most of the stew, the server comes with a platter of veggies and rice to stir fry into the pot and finish up whatever is left.  My friend and I were pretty full from the stew already and didn’t realize how much more food would come with the stir-frying.  Family-style prices for the the spicy potato and goat stews are $20 and $29 respectively.

Both stews come with a bowl of rice and an accompaniment of Korean side dishes.

Fusion Café is a family run business with good service. They are proud of the fact that none of their food contains any MSG — just like mom would like.  One would be hard-pressed to find tastier potato or goat stews even among the larger Korean communities in LA or New York.  Let us know what you think about it in the comments section below.

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  • Sarah says:
    October 28th, 2009 at 8:18 pm   

    Wow, when I hear that a place tastes like someone’s mom’s cooking that is the BEST compliment a restaurant can receive in my book. This is definitely something I’m going to have to check out. I’ve never had Korean food but have been wanting to give it a try for a while, this sounds like the place.

  • Cult of Nobody says:
    October 28th, 2009 at 8:47 pm   

    I’ve eaten at Fusion several times and never went away disappointed.

    I do wonder how they stay in business because I have never been there when there were more than 1 or 2 other diners in the place.

    I do prefer B-Won to all other Korean restaurants I have tried but Fusion is close to home and is close enough to being as good as B-Won to make it worth saving some gas to get my Korean fix when I need it.

  • JuJuBeans says:
    October 29th, 2009 at 10:51 am   

    Wow, thanks for the review! I never knew this place existed. I like Dong-A and the restaurant inside OK Ko-Mart. I frequent OK Ko-Mart since, I’m in the area, but I need to check Fusion out if you say this place is the place for a great potato stew. Love spicy potato stew!

  • KC says:
    October 30th, 2009 at 4:45 pm   

    Every time I’ve been to this place I’ve had a good experience: fresh ingredients, friendly service, cool decor, great value, and a homestyle flavor like my aunt used to make.

    This place is also a nice hang-out: bring your laptop, a couple friends, order some bubble-tea, and crash on the futon for a couple hours of chill-time.

  • Kevin says:
    November 1st, 2009 at 3:19 pm   

    Slow pace, relaxing, savoring every moment.
    Good for that.

    But should you try it when you’re in a rush rush mood? Naaaaaaaaaaa

  • Nickie says:
    November 12th, 2009 at 9:19 am   

    I went there this weekend. It was fair, the goat soup had (I think) turnips greens in it which made it taste slightly bitter. The chicken and pork bulgogi was just “ok”. The bright side was the teriyaki ell bento, and the steamed shrimp appetizers, both were quite good. I think the Korea House of SE29th in OKC has this place beat hands-down for variety and tasitiness of the food.

  • matt says:
    November 17th, 2009 at 12:45 am   

    Looking forward to visiting this place. We really like Korea House and Dong-A, and it will be nice to have another alternative in the rotation.

  • Cult of Nobody says:
    November 17th, 2009 at 9:59 am   

    I tried Dong-A a few weeks ago, had the dolsot bibimbap, and it was really tasty.

    Dong-A did have a sign up saying something about different hours on Mondays. So if you are going on a Monday you might want to call ahead.

  • Emily says:
    November 28th, 2009 at 4:50 pm   

    My husband and I just tried Fusion today, and we’re absolutely smitten with them. Everything about this place is great! The food is amazing (and healthy, the owner is apparently a health nut and shuns MSG) and the value is excellent.

    But the real winner here was the folks who run it; they’re super cute little Korean ladies who churn out some killer food. My aunt made awesome Korean food when I was a kid and this place definitely is on par with hers. Everyone is right, this is Korean home cooking at its best!

  • Chris says:
    April 13th, 2010 at 3:02 am   

    I am currently living in south korea i will be back in the states in 2 months i will be stopping by because i will miss korea so much i will need a friendly reminder…

  • Cult of Nobody says:
    April 22nd, 2010 at 8:32 pm   

    Not sure they are still serving Korean food. Drove by tonight and they still have the same name but have new signs and a new menu.

    Only thing I saw on their sign that sounded remotely Korean was Teriyaki Platters.

    Rest of the new menu items they had listed outside were chicken wings, sandwiches, & salads.

  • Cindi Tomkus says:
    July 6th, 2011 at 2:22 am   

    What a terrific web site/service! I have the ’stuck on 2h’ issue described above. From this website I learned how to diagnose the issue, Thanks to all who have contributed. Cindi Tomkus

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We lunched there on the strength of this review and were delighted.

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