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Jun 11, 2009 02:14 PM

Korean on Yonge between Sheppard and Finch...

Hello fellow CHOWers!!
I aplogize if this thread has been done before but I'm curious about what everyone thinks....
There seem to be a million and one Korean eateries on Yonge between Sheppard and Finch, namely because of the large Korean poplulation in the area. Some seem authentic, and others not so much. Authentic or not - which one is the best of the bunch? Better yet - which resturant should I go to for which dishes? I noticed that one or two places seem to specialize in Soon To Fu, and another for Pork Bone Soup....


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  1. I'm a fan of Oh Geul Boh Geul. 5320 Yonge Street, near Owl of Minerva. Dunno their specialties but everything looks good. Lots of old Korean people there from time-to-time so it has to be good, right? Haha.

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    1. re: d00n

      This is also one of my favorites. Large menu. My second favourite is by North York Center, called Ehwa. Its next to Asian Legend and has a more modern, cleaner decor (i don't care about decor at all to be honest), the menu is smaller, but I do like the dishes there better than most korean restaurants. There is a great tofu dish that comes with the side dishes than I've never seen elsewhere and the pork bone soup has nice "square" pieces of meat wheras some places like Nakwon always give me sharp bone shards and the small chunks of meat. Nakwon is quite popular but is my least favourite Korean in the city.

    2. Buk Chong Soon Tofu. There is not a huge selection but the soon tofu dishes are great.
      It's north of the Wings Machine on Yonge.

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      1. re: yummyPiggy

        It's called Buk Chang Dong, and specializes - as noted above - on tasty soon tofu dishes, which are soups/stews with assorted toppings. Just a half dozen or so dishes on the menu, all but one costing $8 (tax included). Also includes four assorted side dishes. Good food, good prices, immensely popular with the local Korean population. I like the vegetarian soon tofu, but they're all delicious. Portions seem to have shrunk slightly within the past few months, but if that's the only way to maintain the $8 priceline, well, so be it. Still makes for substantial eatin'.

        1. re: yummyPiggy

          Traditional Korean Restaurant on Yonge just north of Cummer serves a much better bowl of soon dobu.

          I second the recommendation of Oh Geul Boh Geul. There is also the man doo hyang (dumplings and noodles). Sariwon a bit more north offers a more refined setting w/ better ventilation.

          Seoul House's second branch on Steeles just west of Yonge offers charcoal bbq.

          Traditional Korean Restaurant
          6016 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M2M3V9, CA

        2. On a recent trip to Ikea (N York Branch), we ventured to the originally named 'Korean Traditional Restaurant' based on recommendations from fellow Chowhounders. It is at 6016 Yonge. It is a small family run place with pictures of the dishes stuck to the sides of the wall. But don't let that put you off because the food was excellent. They are renowned for their bibimbap dishes. They only have the one selection on their menu,but you need to speak to the owners in person for their full selections of bibimbaps (which I guess is what is written in Korean within the last page of their menu).
          Their sides selection is very different from the conventional items that you get downtown. Pickled dandelion and fern leaves/stems are unusual but delightful, along with the sea cucumber (I think!). Prices are reasonable ($6-10/dish) and the service is attentive and friendly.

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          1. re: Satish Patel

            I totally agree with this recommendation. We visited for the Spring Bibimbap and to try the soondobu. Both were excellent and the variety of banchan made it seem like the cook took great care to maintain authenticity. Korean families and younger couples were eating there. The awning said "Korean traditional restaurant" however it's been referred to as Wonjo on these boards.

            1. re: chocabot

              so pleased to see others try this restaurant which is one of the very few places in t.o. that serves homemade banchans/sides - the many (older) Korean patrons testify to their authenticity!