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Traditional meets street food

Traditional meets street food

A little bit of oud with a little bit of fuzz

Brothers Raz and Shaunt began their journey as entrepreneurs in with the launch of Antikka Cafe & Records located in Toronto's West Queen West neighbourhood in 2017.
 

For this endeavour, the brothers have taken inspiration from the song titled "the Oud & the Fuzz" released in 1969 by a first generation Armenian born Oud player from NYC named John Berberian. Through this music, John fused traditional Armenian music with psychedelic jazz for the very first time. It is an unapologetic portrayal of the fact that these two worlds can exist together in harmony. With this space, Raz and Shaunt aim to bring to life the relationship between the east and the west. Come experience food, drinks and live entertainment all with a little bit of oud and a little bit of fuzz.

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Traditional meets street food

All of our food is catered by Karine’s, a local Armenian bakery known for serving delicious vegan and gluten-free breakfast and brunch. We've teamed up to present traditional Armenian food in a street food serving-style. 

 

The Oud & the Fuzz was inspired by John Berberian, an artist who fused traditional Armenian music with psychedelic jazz for the very first time. It is an unapologetic portrayal of the fact that these two worlds can exist together in harmony. For our menu, we’ve looked to this theme for inspiration. The idea of having cultures come together. Our food being from one culture, and the style of serving it being from another, was the intention behind the menu.