If you’ve ever wanted to rub elbows with your favourite Toronto chefs, bartenders and servers then you’ll likely find them at 416 Snack Bar, a known industry favourite. The menu reads like the ultimate international passport to gastropub (read, elevated bar food) fare. It is as it says on their website “all over the map.”
From the Playa Cabana family comes Barrio Coreano, a Korean-Mexican fusion taqueria. A cosy spot in Korea Town, this joint has the same neon and industrial design sense as its sibling restaurants and the same cool, youthful energy. The menu is made up of Mexican dishes with Korean flavour and ingredient influences. This means you
When it comes to fighting off biting cold temperatures this time of the year, a visit to Toronto’s Koreatown at Christie and Bloor is always the perfect solution. When the mercury drops to -15 degrees, just hop into one of a handful of restaurants like Owl of Minerva, Tofu Village or Buk Chang Dong Soon Tofu and you’ll find hordes of hungry students, local residents and even tattooed hipsters all huddled over hot bowls of Korean dishes like pork bone soup, kimchi stew or bibimbap.
Three reasons for one destination: the grills. Busan Galmaegi Korean BBQ is the only Korean barbecue joint in Toronto that has three traditional grill options for its food. There’s the iron grill for raw cuts, the gridiron grilling style for marinated meats and the stone plate for the delicacy of beef intestines. Busan’s specialty is
Cafe Bora’s popular purple Korean desserts are popping up all over the world, and now you can find them right here, in Yorkville. The Korean dessert craze is as esthetically pleasing, as it is delicious. Translating to “purple” in English, Bora was once considered a regal colour amongst Korea’s royalty. These majestic desserts made from
One can be overwhelmed trying to decide where to eat at Christie and Bloor, aka Koreatown. Doo Roo Ae is located across from the P.A.T. Mart and while it might seem like every other Korean restaurant at first glance – televisions blaring with KTV music videos, there are a few things that make it better.
Cheesy dakgalbi is the speciality at Korea Town’s Hancook. The Bloor West hot spot for cheesy goodness is serving up some of the most authentic and delicious dakgalbi in the city. At Hancook, they are focused on using fresh and local ingredients to make the most traditional Korean grub they can, and it shows. Hancook
Hawk & Chick is packing a lot of flavour into a small space. This takeout joint specializes in bento boxes stuffed with home-cooked Korean food, with a few Japanese cuisine options as well. Chef Joe Kim —previously of Momofuku, amongst others — has enlisted the help of none other than his own mother to help
There’s a newbie in North York’s Koreatown strip: Kayagum. Situated in the space previously occupied by The Party Restaurant at Yonge and Finch, it sticks out among the plethora of other Korean options we have in this town, not least because starting next week it plans to stay open 24 hours a day.
Mezu is Toronto’s very own Korean-Canadian tapas bar. From chef Donguk Sul, of Momofuku, Mercatto and Mamakas, comes a stylish and airy interior with benches he made from repurposed wood. The menu is collection of small plates and two daily features, which are usually fish and pork dishes with seasonal sides and accoutrements. The menu
For those who thought Ossington couldn’t get any more exciting, last weekend saw the opening of two new spots: pop-up-turned-restaurant Rock Lobster Food Co. and new late-night spot ODDSEOUL, the long-awaited second child of brothers Leemo and Leeto Han, who opened Swish by Han almost four years ago.
It wasn’t so long ago that if you were looking for some late night eats in Toronto, you’d be hard pressed to find something nutritious, delicious and cheap. Up in Koreatown at Bloor and Christie, the quick, convenient and always reliable Owl of Minerva has been a great 24-hour destination for years.
Found on a still-kinda-forlorn stretch of Bloor West, Seoul Shakers has all the trappings of a Leemo Han joint. Along with bartender Inh Huh, the restaurateurs behind the vivacious Pinky’s Ca Phe have opened up a space that is a feast for both the eyes and stomach. A retro vibe permeates the long room, accented
After a visit from K-pop supergroup BTS, Ssangkye Braised Chicken House became the ultimate hot spot for Korean-style braised chicken in Thornhill. Originating in Andong, South Korea, jjimdak is slow braised chicken cooked in a wok with a multitude of delicious Korean sides. At Ssangkye Braised Chicken House, they’re serving jjimdak with dumplings, glass noodles
Sunrise House is one of the best authentic Korean restaurants that has made Korea Town the culinary destination it now is to Torontonians. With menu categories ranging from dumplings to pancakes, soups to fried rice dishes, meats to noodles, there is something for everyone and every flavour craving. The food comes fast and hot. With
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