Ok, guess what. I think I just found my new favourite bar. Ehwa was good, but Kkorae is up there. Kkorae is a tiny little bar on the corner of Yonge and Finch. It’s not exactly on the main road but it’s still busy enough to fill up. I’ve seen it before but I couldn’t go in there alone. So first time I went there was with my Kendo buddies. They took care of the ordering and parking. Actually no, I parked, but they paid. Yay to hyung!
Nagasakki Ramyun at Kkorae

Nagasakki Ramyun at Kkorae

Atmosphere 
Like I always say, Kkorae reminds me of bars in Korea. It actually resembles them quite well, in both the larger cities and the country side. Quite a lot have the same look and feel. It’s a small space, so the tables are quite close together. The tables don’t look cheap but they also don’t look too expensive. They fit the space nicely.I never thought I would notice a table before until this one time in Gyeongju where this bar had a table where it seemed to be made of cork, or just various small blocks of wood. It made for an uneven surface and you wouldn’t be able to rest your arm on the table without getting a few scratches. That was the epiphany on the importance of tables. Yes, I’m getting old and notice those types of things.
Yakitori at Kkorae

Yakitori at Kkorae

Anyway, back to the bar. Since the tables are quite close together I get a more familiar, community feeling from it. Some people don’t like this, but what’s the point in going to a bar if you’re going to seclude yourself? It makes it easier to talk to others if there’s a cute girl/guy in the next table.The crowd at Kkorae ranges from early to late 20s. Some are working and some are students, and most look quite good. The ratio of guys to girls is a toss-up. Usually they are already mixed up in a group so it’ll be hard to approach.Unfortunately when I went, it was a Monday night and wasn’t so crowded. There was eye candy for sure, but having come from Kendo we took it easy. There were three of us and we got a seat immediately. I went there on a Saturday with my other friend and it was packed! Luckily that time it was only two of us but had it been three people, it would probably be a bit of a wait.
Beer at Kkorae

Beer at Kkorae

The music unlike Ehwa, is just right. It’s not too loud or too quiet. You can have a conversation with friends without yelling, and you can get through those awkward silences if you’re with a date. More importantly, the music choice is spot on! It likely came from the phone of the staff working there that night, but as long as he’s still there then you’re guaranteed good music. English, Korean, Rap, Electro, name it he played it. Even the second time I went there he wasn’t working, but the music was still awesome! Actually, a cute girl was working, so I’ll probably go there a lot more now.Since the entrance is off to the side of Yonge Street the sidewalk traffic is low. Walking inside the lighting is at a comfortable dimmer setting. It’s private enough and you can still see your food. It’s got a good mix of chair and couch seating giving it variety, while the back door for the staff is usually open to let the fresh air in. You don’t feel so cramped because they make the most of the space.
Food & Drinks
Let’s start with the side dishes since it’s the first thing you get. Their rice cake, ddeokbokki 떡볶이, is spicy! It tastes great! It tastes…real! That’s the kind of 떡볶이 I would get at the train station, the street vendor, or at Kimbab Nara. It’s served on what looks like a giant spoon, but is totally meant for that purpose. You can kind of see it in the picture. I’m not sure what else you get because I usually just get the cheapest combo, which is soju and a main meal for about $25, or five beers and a main for about $28.This place is famous for the yakitori set, so if it’s your first time then it’s a must. Needless to say, we got the yakitori set, which I also got on my second time around because it was so good. They wrapped a tomato in bacon and barbequed it. It was weirdly good. Put bacon on anything and it’s amazing. Bacon or 삼겹살, pork belly. The other sticks included mushrooms, garlic, chicken with mayo, more meat, more vegetables wrapped in meat, and rice cake wrapped in meat.  It really hit the spot and goes so well with a drink.Some people might find it odd they had a whole stick dedicated to barbequed garlic, but as long as you ain’t kissing anyone that night its delicious. The yakitori set comes with three or four sauces. Again I don’t really know what they are, but one is spicy, another is like a mustard type, one like soy.They do have other dishes if barbeque isn’t your thing for the night. We came from Kendo so we needed to hydrate and the beer wasn’t helping. Once I remember the name of what we ordered I’ll update this.We ordered seafood soup! It actually might have been nagasaki ramyun with seafood. The soup was spicy, had mussels, shellfish, crab, mushrooms and thick udon type noodles. It tasted like taking the instant ramyun I cooked here, and adding seafood to it. I’m not sure if they used powder to make the spice, but it’s likely.

In addition to the drinks you would expect at a K-bar, they have cocktail soju! If you don’t know what this is, and you can’t handle straight soju, then you’re missing out. It’s pretty much soju mixed with some fruit juice. You would get a pitcher, which is likely too weak for the average drinker. So you should order another bottle to add to the pitcher. It has all the benefits of soju, without the acquired taste. The slow surprise of becoming drunk, mixed with some nice fruity flavours adds to the drunken effect.  They have quite a few flavours, try them all! I haven’t tried it myself, so if you do, tell me below!

Entrance to Kkorae

Entrance to Kkorae

Verdict
This was a long post so I’ll keep this short.
Verdict: Best!
3 Finch Avenue East
Toronto, ON
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