Kobi in the North York area is one of the few restaurants that seem to be setting the pace for the grill. Located just off Steeles its one of the nicer looking places with a patio. It really makes that summer time dinner choice very easy.
Walking in, it's much more spacious than I had thought. With bright colours, a few quirky decorations, and what seems like souvenirs on personal travels, the place has an inviting feel. We also hadn't planned on visiting Detroit, but this would later play a key role in our visit to Windsor Seoul since we got to meet the owner!
Kookminhakgyo (국민학교) or literally translated National School is the next restaurant pushing the envelope in Toronto. Their concept really takes it old school by showcasing records from a time that seems like ages ago.
I've found it. I've finally found it. There's been a few restaurants popping up, with much fanfare and praise for having top quality makchang (막창, pork intestine). Everytime I've been, I've faked my enthusiasm. Having lived in Korea next to a road lined with makchang restaurants (a feat in itself), I have a much higher standard for what counts as good. So when I say I've found it, you can stop looking.
Its been awhile since I've seen a really unique Korean restaurant. Typically you can get the general dishes I've been showcasing at most of the restaurants. In the search for some more useful info to dish out, we come to a place that combines the pig with the bean sprout. An unlikely combination in my eye, but a delicious one. I'll tell you of a mistake that was made with the card machine, and how they rectified it.
If you're looking for some some chicken and beer look no further than Dakgogi. Its only 5-10 minutes drive from Sheppard station in North York. There are some other ones, but I've been here more than 5 times and it's consistently good. Also helps that the owner is super friendly! More on that below.
Korean Cowboy opened its doors just last week, on a Friday, but thanks to some good research between a friend and I we were able to get in a day earlier for the soft open. It was invite only (more like reservation only) and if you were lucky enough to know about it, you were already in. For the soft open everything was 50% off, and this meant for the first time in Soju Wave history you could see most of the dishes on the menu! We ordered a ton of food and drinks, and only paid $35 between five people.
Doo Roo Ae is located just across the P.A.T. mart in Christie. They are known for their 갈비탕 or short rib soup, and it doesn't disappoint. They put quite a lot of other ingredients to really bring flavour to the galbi tang (short rib soup). You've got onion, enoki mushrooms, peppers and likely garlic. It's only one of the few places that have got this down right! I usually don't eat galbi tang because I prefer something with a little more meat, kamjatang (pork bone soup), but this made me fall in love with galbi all over again.