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Karaoke and good food in Toronto for a group

Food Tourist Feb 12, 2010 10:39 AM

For my next birthday party, I would love to sing karaoke with friends while/after eating delicious Korean (or other Asian) food somewhere in Toronto itself (including Etobicoke, North York, midtown-downtown, or even east Mississauga, but NOT Scarborough nor Thornhill nor Markham if at all possible, to cut down on driving time). Where can I find such a gem of a place that welcomes groups of about 15 people on a Saturday or Sunday night?

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  1. jlunar Feb 12, 2010 11:13 AM

    Good food AND karaoke is not something you'll find. For karaoke, I like Twister at Yonge and Finch. You should call to reserve a room. Generally, you can eat next door at Harubang if you like or head further north and eat elsewhere (Cho Sun Ok is a fave of mine, but mostly for cold noodle...)

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      Food Tourist Feb 12, 2010 05:36 PM

      Harubang sounds good. What do you recommend eating there? And what do you think about Nakwon?

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        junkie Feb 13, 2010 02:05 PM

        its called toong now btw

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          jlunar Feb 13, 2010 08:19 PM

          Nakwon is also good/popular to go to.

          As for Toong/Harubang, honestly, it's good for cheap beer and the kbbq-ish platter. I ah.. don't actually know what it's called, but it's one of the $25ish dollar combos at the back... sorry I can't be more helpful..!

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            junkie Feb 14, 2010 03:33 PM

            i actually like neogohyang (sp?) with the green sign beside yk...
            everything is great (except for bulgogi dinner), and i gotta say their kimchi is one of the best ive had in the restaurant
            definitely a place to try...

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              Food Tourist Feb 17, 2010 01:07 PM

              Will definitely check this out! Thanks!

      2. Googs Feb 13, 2010 01:58 PM

        Agreed you won't find both in the same place and thank goodness for that.

        XO Music Studio at Bloor & Clinton does the soundproofed private room karaoke thing and I'll say it again, thank goodness for that. From that locale, you're within striking distance of a wide range of Korean restaurants.


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          Food Tourist Feb 17, 2010 01:06 PM

          Thanks! I'll probably go with this suggestion as it's closer to home. Now that Sejong is long gone, I haven't found a suitable replacement for my kalbi bbq cravings. Any recs in Koreatown? I found the private "rooms" at Sejong perfect for parties.

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            Food Tourist Feb 24, 2010 02:56 PM

            A friend told me that Miga on Bloor has both bbq and karaoke in one place! Should I assume the food is mediocre? In an ideal world (well, it IS my birthday) I would love real charcoal tabletop bbq with amazing kalbi, amazing banchan, and space for 20 friends around the dinner table...and I don't mind going elsewhere for karaoke. Are there any top-notch charcoal bbq places in Koreatown that can fit 20 of us?

            I wish I could just go up to that 'hood right now and walk through each restaurant and see for myself...

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              Food Tourist Feb 25, 2010 12:53 PM

              So here's the deal on Miga on Bloor. They don't have private booths or rooms on the main level, but they can accommodate large parties in the big main dining room (which is licensed for alcohol). They are willing to give us enough space for 25 people, with a minimum of 5 tabletop bbqs to share (1 per 5-8 guests normally), and separate bills for each guest. Unfortunately, their downstairs private room only holds 12 guests, and their karaoke party room (and entire downstairs) is not liquor licensed YET. However, the use of their karaoke is FREE and they serve food (but not tabletop bbq) in the karaoke space.

              The Mississauga Miga has 2 private tatami rooms that hold 12 and 6 guests or can be combined to hold 18 or 19. There is also a large party room (holds 40 people or so) with free karaoke but no bbqs. This party room is licensed and you can order from the regular menu.

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                jlunar Feb 25, 2010 01:43 PM

                huh, awesome to know!! What's the song selection like?

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                  Food Tourist Feb 25, 2010 02:53 PM

                  No clue! But I'm sure you could call Soo, the manager at Miga Mississauga and ask -- she's incredibly helpful.

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                    Food Tourist Feb 27, 2010 09:04 PM

                    There is a relatively small list of English songs compared to a huge list of Korean songs, but a decent variety (everything from Kanye to Coldplay to Kelly Clarkson to oldies and retro). Hey, there's more choice than on my friend's SingStar game.

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                    Food Tourist Feb 27, 2010 09:27 PM

                    The description above of Miga on Bloor is not entirely accurate. I saw Miga on Bloor with my own eyes two hours ago and there are plenty of semi-private areas and booths. The semi-private long area on the left side can fit up to 30 people (6 people at 5 adjacent tables with bbq). There are also several conventional semi-private booths on the right side.

                    The downstairs karaoke party room is HUGE, and there are other private meeting/dining rooms downstairs that do not contain karaoke.

                    My only frets about Miga is the banchan at Miga Mississauga is pretty dull and the bbq is not charcoal but gas. I guess you can't have it all.

                    I also took the opportunity to walk up and down the Bloor Koreatown strip between 11:00 pm and midnight on a Saturday night to see what to expect at the peak party time. Well, most restaurants were closed and dark and the few that I could investigate were too small for a large group over 15 people, not surprisingly, or did not have bbq.

                    BMB Karaoke, directly across from Miga on Bloor, had only one room large enough to hold 20 people called the VIP room, for $80 per hour (or $100 per hour if more than 20 people squeeze in).

                    XO Karaoke further west charges $60 per hour for up to but not exceeding 20 people. They claim to have two large rooms but one is under renovation currently.

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              food_whiz Feb 24, 2010 05:13 PM

              I personally love Karaoke at the Melody Bar attached to the Gladstone Hotel. You can also have dinner at the Gladstone. Loads of fun on a Saturday night--not traditional Karaoke.

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              1. re: food_whiz
                Herb Feb 25, 2010 01:04 PM

                How's their Korean food?

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                  food_whiz Feb 25, 2010 02:50 PM

                  oops. overlooked the Korean/Asian food comment. The Gladstone is not Korean!

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                    Food Tourist Feb 25, 2010 02:55 PM

                    That's okay! How's the food quality and taste in the Melody Bar? Those Harvest dinners always sound enticing but have never been.

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