Studio Crew Reviews: FuseBox

For our second Studio Crew Review, we decided to choose a restaurant that is within walking distance to the studio. FuseBox has gotten great reviews on Yelp (an average of 4 stars over 200 reviews), and it features fusion asian cuisine-- a combination of Korean and Japanese influence.

As you read this blog post (and any future Studio Crew Reviews), you might notice a variation of photographic styles. Each review draws photos from each of the studio crew members, as we are all practicing photographers outside of the studio as well! On any given review, we will have a combination of photo taking techniques, ranging from iPhones to dSLRs. 

Dwell Magazine-esque exteriors. This restaurant can be easy to miss, as the only indicator of its street presence is the sandwich board advertisement on the sidewalk. Photos by Dana.

Dwell Magazine-esque exteriors. This restaurant can be easy to miss, as the only indicator of its street presence is the sandwich board advertisement on the sidewalk. Photos by Dana.

Exclusive seating inside, with beautiful interior design. Photo by Dana.

Exclusive seating inside, with beautiful interior design. Photo by Dana.

When we first arrived at the restaurant, it became apparent how small it was. The restaurant does not easily accomodate large groups, as most tables inside are arranged for 2-4 people, max. Outside, there was a large table that we were able to sit at. Since we had a reservation, we were quickly seated.

Photo by Pamela

Photo by Pamela

Dehydrated Kimchi Popcorn, which unfortunately was a bit stale. Photo by Sasha.

Dehydrated Kimchi Popcorn, which unfortunately was a bit stale. Photo by Sasha.

Service was a bit slow, considering that there were not very many people at the restaurant, but perhaps it felt slower to us because we were a hungry crew coming straight after work! As soon as we were seated, we poured over the menus. The menu was definitely geared more towards carnivores, as many of the "vegetarian" dishes featured sauces that contained meat bases.

Pickled vegetables to accompany the main courses and the miso butter grilled corn. Photos by Noel.

Pickled vegetables to accompany the main courses and the miso butter grilled corn. Photos by Noel.

Appetizers, including the Korean Fried Chicken (KFC). Photo by Dana.

Appetizers, including the Korean Fried Chicken (KFC). Photo by Dana.

One of our favorite dishes of the night was the KFC, we were surprised as to how crispy the chicken was, despite being covered in sauce. The chicken was crunchy on the outside, yet moist on the inside. We also enjoyed the Agedashi Tofu, although the portion was definitely too small to share with a group. Our waitress recommended splitting one main entree between two people to achieve the appropriate proportions.

A table full of photographers requires patience. Photos by Pete.

A table full of photographers requires patience. Photos by Pete.

Photo by Pete.

Photo by Pete.

The exterior of the restaurant with the crew at the table. Note, there were no heat lamps, so we kept our jackets and hats on. Photo by Pete. 

The exterior of the restaurant with the crew at the table. Note, there were no heat lamps, so we kept our jackets and hats on. Photo by Pete. 

Photos by Noel

Photos by Noel

Finally, after a (seemingly) long wait, we received our main courses! The delicious Galbi Beef, which was cooked perfectly! The beef was also accompanied by thinly sliced deep fried carrots, and grilled snap peas

 

FuseBox

2311 Magnolia Street

Oakland, CA

 

(510) 444-3100