Fusion Café: my choice for best Korean homestyle cooking
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.
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.