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ziggystardust Sep 26, 2010 11:35 AM

I've noticed a couple of these places around. Has anyone tried it? Any good? Is it authentic Korean?

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Owl of Minerva
5661 Steeles Ave E, Toronto, ON M1V5P6, CA

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    smfan Sep 26, 2010 12:38 PM

    Tried it 3 years ago. Lots of students eating there. I think it is authentic. But pPrefer going up to the Korean restaurants at Yonge/Finch.

    1. Wiley Sep 26, 2010 03:31 PM

      Open all the time, for when you get that craving at 5 AM for pork bone soup..

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        gimel Sep 27, 2010 04:53 AM

        I've eaten there many times, invariably with a gang of Korean friends post-soju bender craving specific delicacies that I never remember the names of... they always found it acceptable fare, although Korean options at that time of night are a bit limited and palates are perhaps a tad numb.

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          ziggystardust Sep 27, 2010 05:15 AM

          Are they all the same? The one at Spadina/Dundas is closest to me.

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            Everythingtarian Sep 27, 2010 05:54 AM

            Not spectacular. I had the kalbi which was decent. My brother had the soon tofu which was lacking heat and flavour. I can't speak for the rest of the menu, but with better options, who knows if I ever will.

            1. ekim256 Sep 27, 2010 06:23 AM

              Meh. Unless it's 3AM and you're tipsy and/or hungry there are better Korean options around, in my opinion

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                acd123 Sep 27, 2010 07:19 AM

                I think that Owl of Minerva is known specifically for pork bone soup. I've had it and it's great. Rich, spicy broth and tender, falling-off-the-bone pork. My understanding is that the other things on the menu are average and other places on the strip do them better.

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                  neighborguy Sep 27, 2010 03:14 PM

                  Are you referring to the Steeles location? I've never noticed it. Will be checking it out.

                  What else is in the plaza?

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                    acd123 Sep 27, 2010 03:26 PM

                    No, the one on Bloor, north side, just east of Christie.

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                      neighborguy Sep 28, 2010 08:21 PM

                      I was mistaken. Silly googlemap was showing Steeles WEST. Should have known better than to expect an asian establishment in Woodbridge.

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                    cherrysilk Sep 27, 2010 01:11 PM

                    ^ I second this, I'm Korean so I can tell you that the place is known for its piping hot pork bone soup, which is known as kind of the "poor student's meal" since it's filling yet cheap (it uses a cheap cut of meat and lots of potatoes). It's authentic and good so go there if you want the Pork Bone soup. The other stuff on the menu is just okay (but not "bad" either since it's still cheap). Most korean places are good at specializing at one thing. And yes, all the Owl places are the same.

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                      Benniep Sep 27, 2010 04:14 PM

                      I work at Queen and Spadina so go to the one at Dundas/Spadina sometimes when i have a craving for Soon Tofu or Pork bone soup on a cold afternoon. Its not spectacular and wouldnt be my first choice if i had other options but I have never had anything bad.

                      The Bloor/Christie one has good beer/food combo deals (or at least it did, have not been to that one in years)

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                        Herb Sep 28, 2010 11:53 AM

                        There's an Owl at Dundas & Spadina?

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                          Benniep Sep 28, 2010 12:52 PM

                          Yeah, in that little mall on the southwest corner, second floor-open until 2am on weekend apparently!

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                            jlunar Sep 29, 2010 08:46 AM

                            Yeah, in the Dragon City Mall.

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                          curiousfoodie Sep 28, 2010 05:52 AM

                          I love Owl of Minerva, and yes it is authentic. I have only been to the downtown locations. The menu is small but if you are going for the pork bone soup its awesome.

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                          Owl of Minerva
                          5661 Steeles Ave E, Toronto, ON M1V5P6, CA

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                            pocky Sep 28, 2010 06:32 AM

                            I have been to the one north of Yonge and Finch. The restaurant is known for it's pork bone soup. Nice spicy broth with tender pork bone and potatoes. It's delicious. Haven't tried anything else on the menu.

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                              szw Sep 28, 2010 09:21 AM

                              I prefer the pork bone soup at the place next door Oh Goel Boh Goel. They also have a much larger menu and better banchan.

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                                Everythingtarian Sep 28, 2010 11:51 AM

                                That place is great. I had some sizzling mackerel that was delicious. My dad got the beef tendon soup which was just disgusting. No flavour whatsoever. Not even any salt. I have since been informed that it is a traditional preparation, so I dont hold it against the joint, especially since the rest of the meal was really good.

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                              themiguel Sep 28, 2010 11:50 AM

                              The place makes a mean Gamjatang, especially for 4:00 a.m!

                              The may be better options for Gamjatang during business hours, but this spot has a place in my heart as the site of many a drunken late night meal.

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                                Salanth Nov 12, 2010 07:59 PM

                                Authentic in the way that cheap food is authentic. Tasty for the price, open late and easy to find. Like late-night Chinese, it hits that post-drinking spot.

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                                  ekim256 Nov 13, 2010 02:25 AM

                                  ^spot on. I wouldn't go here unless if it was 3AM and I was tipsy, like Burrito Boys

                                  http://www.cookiesandtomatoes.com/

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                                  d2star Feb 9, 2011 02:34 PM

                                  it's alright..
                                  just a question. is their jap chae supposed to have beef? It said so on the menu but I ordered and there wasn't any?? its pretty expensive too.. like 10$+ wtf,,,,

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