Delicious, exotic flavors describe more than just the food and beverages at 55 Café. A selection of sheeshas—flavored hookah tobaccos—marinated with flavours like double apple and mixed fruit juices share menu space with veggie wraps, chicken shawarma, and shish kebabs. Guests can have a seat in a padded chair and curb their hunger with a plate of falafel and fries before capping their meal with a hookah session to practice blowing smoke rings, considered the most romantic jewelry to gift someone.
Cuisine Type: Middle Eastern?Mediterranean Fusion
Most popular offering: Paan-Mint Shisha
Delivery / Take-out Available: Takeout Only
Number of Tables: 11?25
Outdoor Seating: No
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Pro Tip: Come down during the weekdays to avoid waiting in line, and be sure to order one of the fusion mixes.
In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
Our menu can be broken down into two categories: Drinks & Shisha and Food & Desserts. We carry a wide selection of drinks that include pop, smoothies/shakes, juices, and nonalcoholic beverages in addition to hot drinks such as tea, coffee, and hot chocolate. Our food menu is usually kept small and simple, as we try our best to maintain a good food-quality standard. Although we are a relatively new place, we are well known for our shishas, and our focus remains on innovation with regard to our shisha flavours and mixes. Our shisha menu is extensive and enjoyed by all our customers.
What?s the best reaction you?ve ever gotten from a customer?
We usually have a quick chat with our customers as they pay and leave. During this time, we ask our customers if they enjoyed our service and if the drinks, shisha, and food was up to par. The best answer we've gotten in the past goes something like this, "Your shisha was fantastic. It's definitely the best shisha in town, and I'm going to be coming back here every week my friends."
The heady scents of Mediterranean food wafting from inside the Oasis Cafe & Juice Bar give away but a smidgeon of the many dishes that await within. Rich spices give personality to chicken shawarma, marinated beef, and falafel, each served alongside pita and hummus. And entrees such as the kafta skewers—ground beef mixed with parsley, onion, and spices—come with tangy tabouli salad and potatoes or rice, each one its own hearty meal.
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