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Jul 17, 2006 06:03 PM

Korean restaurants

Does anyone know any good Korean restaurants in Toronto? Preferably not Korean barbeque. Thanks!

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  1. altho there are a plethora of places in old koreatown (christie/bloor) and new koreatown (yonge/sheppard/finch), I prefer one on weston rd & eglinton (or lawrence) -- i don't know the name but it's across the street from the First Class Delites (the caribbean place they re-made on the tv show). This is the best korean place hands down in the city, the most authentic, and the only place that my korean friends and family members cater/order from and eat at as the condiments are fresh, without msg i can't say enuf about this place....very reasonable prices for the portions and quality

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    1. re: berbere

      Shilla Dynasty - Family Restaurant

      1161 Weston Road
      Toronto Ontario M6M 4P5
      (416) 247-2007

      Weston Road & Eglinton (Between Jane & Keele)

      We cater from there too. Very good - but a little out of the way.

      1. re: ghetto_scarlem

        Worst Korean food I've ever had. We had my grandmother's 90th birthday party there. Most of the food was cold, lack of staff (we had to clear our own table)and serve our own dessert. I watched the show "I do, Let's eat", the same terrible food was served. I'd be embarrassed to have a wedding in that place. Needless to say, I'd never go back.

        1. re: hanc

          That's quite a harsh review. I guess you had a bad experience.

          I will stick with my opinion that it is a good restaurant, with authentic tasting food, especially the banchan (side dishes). The owners are from jeolla-do, SW part of Korea - where the people really take pride in their food preparation & presentation.

          Hopefully others will be willing to give Shilla Restaurant a try.

          1. re: ghetto_scarlem

            I too would stand by my opinion of Shilla. But as ghetto scarlem pointed out, and I should have noted earlier, Korean cuisine varies from region to region and being from the south myself, Shilla's food appeals to me. I have seen the Shilla owners really take pride in their food and have had many a great experience with their catered food -- it was always catered off premises. On the other hand, I have had experiences as hanc did at other places like Chung Ki Wah (now closed) which were great for restaurant dining but inconsistent at catered functions....

            anyways, just wanted to say for the benefit of the non-koreans out there that one's regional background is a pretty significant factor that influences people's preferences for certain korean restos over others... moreover, I find that I am more comforted by the traditional spreads presented by places like Shilla, Seoul House, Korea House, rather than many of the newer 'specialty' houses that specialize in a few dishes or 'street food' dishes like Owl, and Joons. ...then again, soon to fu always hits the spot...

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      1. I think Shilla Dynasty was profiled on the show "I Do, Let's Eat", having catered the wedding on the show.

        Yonge and Finch area definitely has a few Korean restaurant gems. At Yonge and Sheppard (across from the Sheppard Centre), there's a great restaurant called Joon's (orange sign). Their popular dishes are the ones where they cook an assortment of chicken, seafood, vegetables (depending on the order you pick) in a big wok/grill at your table. It is so good and so cheap. Usually works out to about $12-15 a peson, taxes and tips included. Then if you go north to Yonge and Finch there's the Owl of Minerva which has a great pork neck bone soup for $6. Nothing better on a cold, winter day. And then at Yonge and Cummer, on the east side of Yonge, I don't know what it's called but it's next to Napoli Mediterranean Restaurant, there's a good Korean run restaurant with lots of menu options. And for really authentic to the point where no one there speaks English at all, on the west side of Yonge at Cummer there's a plaza with a Korean restaurant.

        Happy eating!

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        1. re: Cinderella

          As far as I know, both the Owl of Minerva and Joon's original locations are in Koreatown on Bloor. Joon's is closer to Bloor, on the south side of the street somewhat underground. Owl of Minerva is on the north side of Bloor, closer to Clinton up some steps.

          1. re: Cinderella

            Chowon is the restaurant at Yonge & Cummer (on the west side, Cummer turns into Drewry Ave). They have the best Kkam Poong Gi in town (spicy chicken dish) - it's very good when it just comes out. Crispy and hot. A large plate is $12.99 (I think), and great for sharing with friends.

            Sometimes, service is slow - and Korean is their first language, so communication could be an issue for some servers. However, I still recommend giving Chowon a try.

            Chowon Korean Restaurant
            17 Drewry Ave.
            North York ON M2M 1C9
            (416) 250-7422

          2. Bloor & Christie area is mostly for "fast food" type dishes like soon-tofu-chigae, gam-ja-tang (pork bone soup) or ddukbokgi. Ka-Chi is pretty good for gam-ja-tang. They have several locations, including one on Bloor near Clinton.

            Yonge & Finch and Yonge & Steeles has fast food joints as well as normal sit-down type restaurants.

            Seoul House on Steeles west of Yonge (at the Swiss Chalet plaza) is pretty good.

            1. One of my favorite korean restaurants is Seoul Restaurant at 621 bloor st w, close to palmerston. If your looking for a hearty meal my favorite is #35 which is the chicken soup with wheat flakes. The mother cooks in the kitchen and her 2 sons are the servers. $6 tax included with korean pan chan, can't go wrong.