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.
Q&A with Shaurik Kashyap, Owner
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.
That doesn't mean the savory items get all the attention here. The restaurant's juice cocktails combine fruit, ice cream, and nuts into treats that look as good as they taste. Cousins of milkshakes and parfaits, the tall glasses layer nectars and sliced fruit beneath a crown of whipped cream and nuts to be sipped by straw. Continuing on that sweet trend, the eatery's sheesha offerings infuse molasses tobacco with a variety of flavors, including mint and peach.
Best way to wake up: your choice of coffee, espresso, latte, or cappuccino
The culture at Coffee Culture: encourages guests to stick around and chat, not just rush out the door
Something to eat while you're hanging around: chicken caesar wrap with lean bacon and shredded parmesan
For something sweet: try decadent desserts such as brownies, tarts and cakes.
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