Toronto, ON M6K 1T9
Dundas West's cool factor continues with Korean snack bar Uncle Mikey's. The owner and chef, Michael Kim, has lived in Korea, Vancouver, Toronto and New York where he was trained as a chef at the French Culinary Institute. The food at Uncle Mikey's somehow manages to seamlessly fuse all those places' cuisines together to create exciting and flavourful dishes like the grilled pineapple dessert served with an Italian meringue, mint, lime zest and a pinch of salt. Kim and his father built and renovated the restaurant with their own (collective) four hands, his Takashi Murakami–trained sister provided artwork, and when he asked his nephew what to name his new restaurant, Uncle Mikey's was forged in family. The place has a full bar stocked with soju, sake, wine and beers from local vendors and is always coming up with inventive eats — sweet or savoury.