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want to try my first ever pork-bone soup, where should I go?

MacD Nov 22, 2011 09:11 PM

So, I have never had the stuff but really want to try it. I should mention I'm a hardcore downtowner, so won't be venturing out to Markham, etc. So, I'm asking for recommendations on which place in Koreatown (Bloor St. W.) is currently putting out the best bowl of Gamjatang. I'm not necessarily looking for the spiciest, but rather the most flavourful, with the best banchan to go with it. Also, are there any side dishes (other than the banchan) that people would recommend I order with it if I'm really hungry?

  1. sokoto Nov 24, 2011 12:46 PM

    A Korean friend of mine swears by Thumbs Up, and now I'm hooked. I've tried others, but Thumbs Up gets my vote...

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      charxchar Nov 24, 2011 07:36 AM

      I would recommend The Owl for the soup!

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        LUV_TO_EAT Nov 23, 2011 01:39 PM

        I always go to Ka Chi in Koreatown on Bloor St. for my Gamjatang.

        Ka Chi
        612 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G1K7, CA

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          acd123 Nov 23, 2011 08:14 AM

          Owl of Minerva is one of the best in Koreatown, but just for gamjatang. Also, it's open 24 hrs.

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          1. re: acd123
            aser Nov 23, 2011 10:43 AM

            bad thing about owl is that their banchan is meh......

            I would suggest you check out Sunrise. Besides the single order for gamjatang, there is an option for 2 that has a bigger portion and is cheaper. Sunrise has some of the best banchan on the downtown strip.

            1. re: acd123
              lsk Nov 24, 2011 04:02 PM

              I second Owl of Minerva for gamjatang, but like aser said, the banchan isn't inspiring. I'm also a sucker for their dubu kimchi, even though it's easy to make at home.

              If you opt for Owl of Minerva's gamjatang, get the original. The one with rice cakes (dduk) is blander and costs more.

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

            2. elvisahmed Nov 22, 2011 11:22 PM

              Some of my friends swear by Seor Ak San.

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              1. re: elvisahmed
                SocksManly Nov 23, 2011 07:17 AM

                I've only tried Thumbs Up, at least a hundred times. I'm I "doing it all wrong" ?

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