I just went to ma peche in new york and I'm so excited for momofuku's move to Toronto. Has there been any news about it these days or has anyone heard any rumours? omg sooo excited!
The building is still very much under construction, the official timetable is by the end of summer 2012 but as anyone who's bought a pre-construction condo will tell you, these things never come in on time so end of 2012 is probably more realistic.
I don't know if this has been mentioned in any of the interviews but my birdie tells me that Chang has already identified the person who will be the Chef-du-cuisne in Toronto, currently works at Ma Peche and also spent time in the kitchen at Ko.
My inside source confirmed an optimistic Q4 2012. Corey Mintz's article in the Star also has Chang quoted as saying the construction of the 3 storey restaurant will be "Noodle Bar on the ground floor, Ko on the 2nd and Ssam on top". I'm also pretty sure it's been confirmed that the resto will be across from the hotel, not actually in it, though I might have misheard on that one.
I also ate at Ma Peche last week. And also Noodle Bar, Ssam and Milk. Deeeeeeelicious.
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If you read the article Chang says we will NOT be doing what you quote, please pay attention.
Chang is not given to repeating himself so I do not expect the restaurant in Toronto to be clones of the New York restaurants. That said the ground floor will be something like Noodle bar, but not a clone, and no authenticity snobs, it won't be authentic. 2nd floor will be a bar (which he has not really done as such) and private dining rooms and the third floor will be a new format and nobody, including David Chang can say for sure what that format will look like.
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Momofuko Noodle Bar NYC = lighter wallet and a large meh.
Hopefully we aren't getting more meh in TO.
i was at noodle bar last weekend for the fried chicken meal. it was really tasty.
didn't have any ramen, but really enjoyed the chicken and the cocktails.
also paid a visit to the milk bar for some treats to bring back to my colleagues.
i look forward to seeing what sort of group meal options will be offered here.
The big "if" remains the economy--something Chang and his backers can't ignore. Will believe it when it opens and suspect it will be down-sized if it does. Susur Lee's timing was abysmal for his NYC play.