If you’re an Oakland-based foodie, you have probably asked yourself the following question:
“Where can I get authentic, high quality Korean food in this town?”
I can answer that for you. FuseBOX.
FuseBOX is the brainchild of husband and wife team, Sunhui and Ellen Chang. It is a gorgeous little spot that blends traditional authentic Korean cuisine with a fresh California sensibility. The result is beautifully-presented, delicious food with the occasional cheffy “can’t help myself” twist thrown in. What else would you call pickled okra?
There is a daily rotation of banchan, small dishes of food served along with cooked rice, as well as a variety of California foodie offerings, such as Eringi Mushroom Consomme and Kushi Oysters with Yuzu Kosho Mignonette topped with Kiwi & Pink Lady Apple Kimchi, both of which are excellent. All the kimchi and other core ingredients such as gochujang (chile paste) are made in-house. This artisanal flare is what gives the dishes their depth of flavor and originality.
The restaurant is located in a sketch part of West Oakland off of West Grand (it’s the only going concern on its block). The indoor space is small but gorgeously appointed. There’s an open kitchen, so you can watch Chef Chang his dedicated staff at work, and an artsy outdoor space that provides additional seating. The overall vibe is laid-back and neighborhoody, and the multi-ethnic staff (think mini UN) is warm and friendly. For now, FuseBOX is still under the radar, but it won’t be for long.
The restaurant takes reservations but much of the business is walk-in. Check the website for hours of operation as they are a little unusual.
2311A Magnolia Street, Oakland, CA 94607.
Phone: (510) 444-3100