Category Archives: Cuisine (Korean)

Momofuku (Shōtō)


188 University Ave, Toronto, ON
(Richmond St W and University Ave)
Tel: (647) 253-8000
http://momofuku.com/toronto/shoto

Having been to (and had a great experience) at Momofuku in New York, I was excited to be one of the first to try their shōtō (tasting menu) in Toronto. Although, the overall experience was good and they had a couple of really excellent dishes, I didn’t feel it was worth the $150-200 (wine pairing optional) price tag.

When we arrived, the restaurant was packed and a line up was forming outside of Shangri-la for the noodles section. We sat at the bar and watched the chefs (about 5-6 of them) prepare. For such a hip establishment and a younger group of chefs/servers, I was surprised that most of them did not appear passionate in what they were doing .. in fact, they seemed stressed (maybe because they’ve only been opened for a week and were still sorting or organizing themselves out).

The pace at which we were served was well-timed and steady until near the end. The last plate, the dessert, took more than 15 mins (because someone forgot to put the houtenanny into the oven) and on top of that, they made a mistake on our bill that took another half an hour to try to fix and reissue our receipt. Unfortunately, they did not seem apologetic for our time and when they turned us away with “please call us tomorrow to settle this,” it left a disappointing taste in our mouths.

Recommendations
• Egg with dashi, horseradish and ikura
• Spaghetti with nori, sardine and lumpfish
• lobster with tandoor, lemon and fava
• banana with cashew, mint, gula jawa (tasted like “Crunch” candy bar)

Good to Know
• Best seats: Around the chef’s bar (to watch how they prepare and coordinate with one another)
• Service: Overall disappointing (although there were two servers that were great)
• Atmosphere: Trendy (and dark near the bar area, which made taking photos on this post difficult)
• Ideal for: foodies, long dinners and dates
• Attire: Smart casual and business
• Reservations recommended: Yes (weeks in advance)
• Patio recommended: N/A

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Nakwon Korean Restaurant


5594 Yonge St Toronto, Ontario 
(Sheppard Ave W & Yonge)
(416) 590-1435

Nakwon is one of the oldest Korean restaurants in the area of Yonge and Sheppard. I like coming here if I’m nearby because of the convenience (right by the subway station and a few parking spaces at the back).

Recommendations
• Korean BBQ
• Gamja Tang (pork bone soup)

Good to Know
• Best seats: in the small rooms
• Service: Okay
• Atmosphere: Simple; pine wood picnic bench-style chairs and tables.
• Ideal for: Casual
• Attire: Casual
• Reservations recommended: No
• Patio recommended: No

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Seoul Restaurant


621 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G 1K8
(Christie & Bloor)
(416) 532-9669

Although this place lacks “atmosphere”, it is one of my favourite Korean restaurants in the area (and there are lots to choose from).

Recommendations
• Pork Bone Soup (Gam Ja Tang)
• Galbi (ribs on iron plate) with rice

Good to Know
• Best seats: No particular preference
• Service: Nice
• Atmosphere: Basic (looks like a family run business)
• Ideal for: Casual, quick eat, take out, budget/deal seekers
• Attire: Casual (almost anything goes)
• Reservations recommended: No
• Patio recommended: N/A

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Buk Chang Dong


691 Bloor St.W Toronto, ON M6G 1L3
(Christie & Bloor)
T: (416) 537-0972

A perfectly delicious way to warm up on a cold winter day with a Korean stew (chigae) meal. This restaurant has a nine-item menu, six of which are chigaes. All entrees are between $7 to $9 each.

Chigae comes with a stone pot of rice (and a raw egg which you break into the stew to cook). After they scoop the rice into your bowl, they add water into the stone pot to prevent the remaining rice from sticking. You can eat this with your spoon as you would with congee. You can also add salt if it tastes bland.

Your meal also comes with several small apps – usually miso beans, sprouts, seaweed, and kimchi. Other options other than chigae include Bibimbap (a bowl of rice with mixed vegetable and beef on top) and Bolgogi (fried beef on an iron plate).

Recommendations
• Vegetable Soon Tofu Chigae (if you are vegetarian)
• Bolgogi
• Stone Pot Bibimbap
• Any of the chigae – you have the option of “white” (not spicy), mild, medium or regular spicy and extra spicy. (Be sure to request your preference. Otherwise, the default is “regular spicy”).

Good to Know
• Best seats: Near the windows. This restaurant is tightly packed (intended for quick dining).
• Service: Okay
• Atmosphere: Simple. Tightly packed – tables are very close to each other. (Min privacy)
• Ideal for: Casual, quick eat, take out, budget
• Attire: Casual
• Reservations recommended: N/A
• Patio recommended: N/A
• Hours of operation: Open 7 days a week (11am to 10/10:30pm)



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