The newly opened East Oak Fusion restaurant incorporates the principles of Fusion Food by offering a fun and delicious blend of recipes from around the world.
“Fusion means we are putting food together,” explained owner Harsh Singh who opened the restaurant last month.
“We have food from Italy, we have food from India, we have food from China all together. So, we just try to make some fusion out of different foods.”
One example of the food he serves is the popular Hakka noodles dish created with a variety of vegetables and spices.
“The Hakka noodle is from China but we call it Indo-Chinese because we blend it with some spices from India. You can also add chicken to this dish.”
Aloo Tikki Chaat is a popular Indian street food made with dahi, a traditional dairy product.
“It is kind of yogurt we make. We add a little sugar in that. Basically, we have two vegetable patties down there and we put some chickpeas, gravy on the top, and then we put that yogurt, and then we have some homemade sauces with green chili and all that stuff, and tamarind sauce on the top, and we put some pomegranate and chaat masala, it is a spice. And it tastes so good. People are loving it. Whoever tries it comes back for more,” Singh proudly stated.
Indigenous Taco Tuesdays is a carryover from the previous restaurant owner’s menu (Oak East Eatery).
“It is Indigenous fry bread topped with taco beef meat, lettuce, shredded cheese and chopped tomatoes.”
The difference is that it uses fry bread instead of the traditional corn or wheat tortilla.
“We want to cater to everybody, that’s why it is fusion. So that is why we wanted to work with the previous owners. We requested if they could just do Taco Tuesdays, we will keep it our special. And they agreed. We said we would be really grateful because people really love those tacos, so Sharon comes every Tuesday to make them,” explained Singh.
“People love their tacos.”
Another tasty menu item is Cheese Chili for which cubes of paneer are fried to create this dish.
“We call it paneer, it is a kind of cheese, but it is a non-melting cheese. In India it is very popular. It tastes like a better version of tofu. In India we call that dish cheese chilly. We cook that cheese first in a fryer then we cook the onions and add some spices; garlic, ginger and then we put in some sauces, and it comes with naan bread,” said Singh.
The Indo-Chinese Burger is a unique burger, topped with noodles.
“It is a very famous street food in India," Singh shared. "The Aloo Ticki Chaat and the Indo-Chinese burger are very famous street food in India. People are crazy about them. So, when I added those dishes here, my people started coming in here, my Indian community because they love that food. I gave them a chance to try that food here and everybody is loving those burgers. Before, I just used to get one crate of hamburger buns, but now I have to get five or six per week because people are loving that burger. Some Canadians also tried that, and they also love it.”
The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
“We open at 10 a.m. and we’re open until 8 p.m. We are closed on Sundays.”
Breakfast is served from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m.
“People are supporting me. The downtown people, are supporting me. They know I own a new business. They tried us and they said we’re giving a good service, so they are supporting us. We have so many regular customers that come almost every day.”
East Oak Fusion is also available for catering.
“If you are someone who loves to try different things from around the world, and you don’t have a chance to go there, just come visit here. We try to do everything authentic.”
Depending on your tolerance for spices, Singh is more than happy to adjust the spice level of his recipes to mild, medium, or hot.
East Oak Fusion is located at 207 Ferguson St., at the intersection with Oak Street East.