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Toronto Momofuku set to open July 28th

miketoronto Apr 25, 2012 03:33 PM

According to this:

http://newyork.grubstreet.com/2012/04...

I thought it would be closer to December. This is awesome news!

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    tbtb18 Aug 26, 2012 07:27 AM

    I wonder whether its going to be similar to the NY layout - a casual (milk, noodle and to some extent ssam), a bar and a high end (Ko)....

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      childofthestorm Aug 26, 2012 08:56 AM

      Yes that's the plan last I heard.

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        bytepusher Aug 26, 2012 03:29 PM

        If you look at their web site they now officially list 4 restaurants in Toronto, one will be "Noodle Bar" the other three have inscrutable Asian sounding names. Chang is not a fan of repeating himself but I think it's fairly safe to assume that the Toronto noodle bar will be a close clone of the New York one. As for the other 3? only the staff know for sure, although the two guys who have moved from NYC to Toronto Sam and Mitch both worked at Ko (although Sam has more recently been at Ma Peche) I really, really doubt they will try to do something like Ko or Siebo (the Sydney one) here.

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        ylsf Aug 17, 2012 08:53 PM

        What is the new expected opening date? Or did it open? I know David Change is in town now based on some tweets I saw.

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          canmark Aug 17, 2012 12:09 PM

          Sounds like Chang will have some culinary competition under the same roof. Shangri-la's *other* restaurant, Bosk, to be helmed by Jean Paul Lourdes, "the best chef you’ve never heard of (or seen)," according to the National Post.

          http://life.nationalpost.com/2012/08/...

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            dubchild Aug 17, 2012 07:05 PM

            Very interesting, thanks for posting the article.

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            TexSquared May 13, 2012 08:07 AM

            Matt Blondin joins the team:

            http://www.thestar.com/living/food/ar...

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              themiguel Apr 30, 2012 08:23 AM

              If it's no reservations based, it's going to make the lineups at Grand Electric look like a cakewalk. I can already feel the backlash and anti-hype coming.

              1. estufarian Apr 28, 2012 07:46 AM

                Iwas at Momofuku Ko last month and met the chef who is coming to Toronto.
                He was either closed-mouth or still not sure about exactly what was going to actually occur in Toronto.
                Or maybe he considered it a punishment..... (only kidding!).

                Ko is superb - but I didn't think Ssam was anything special.

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                  prima Apr 28, 2012 07:51 AM

                  Welcome back, estufarian! :-)

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                    Kagemusha Apr 28, 2012 08:00 AM

                    Expand or die? Or is it expand and die? What's Chang thinking?

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                    smartygirl Apr 26, 2012 10:42 AM

                    i hope one of those floors is something like the milk bar!

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                      bytepusher Apr 26, 2012 12:29 PM

                      There will probably be a Milk Bar presence but is sure won't be a whole floor, if I was betting it will be something like the kiosk they have in the lobby at Ma Peche.

                      At one point the plan for one of the floors was to be "private dining rooms"

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                        Kagemusha Apr 26, 2012 12:56 PM

                        "private dining rooms"

                        Not a good sign.

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                          bytepusher Apr 26, 2012 02:17 PM

                          Who knows if that's still the plan, that was months ago and if we know one thing about Mr Chang its that plans change.

                          I'm not sure why it would be a bad thing, frankly if I'm going to round up a big group of friends to do one of the "specialty meals" (bo saam, fried chickens, etc) I might prefer to have a private room.

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                      peppermint pate Apr 26, 2012 09:02 AM

                      I'm psyched. Love that there will be 2 or 3 different rooms and concepts. Exciting news indeed. Not surprising that they'll be open in time for TIFF.

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                        jovialetr Apr 27, 2012 06:13 PM

                        I agree that this is very exciting news! I hope that the food and vibe on one of the floors live up to the quality of what I experienced at Ssam Bar in New York. I am interested to see what concepts he goes with here, given the differing concepts at all his New York (and now Sydney) restaurants.

                      2. Kagemusha Apr 26, 2012 05:26 AM

                        I'd like to like this but need to see if he can clone the price/quality/vibe of the NYC originals. That's the grail and it will flop if he doesn't. It takes more than a name and buzz.

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                          hungyhungyhippo Apr 25, 2012 05:25 PM

                          SO excited about this! It's about time that Toronto gets a decent ramen-ya presence. It's been way too long a time coming. Kenzo is crap. Niwatei is too far from downtown.

                          Although, I felt that the ramen at Momofuku is good... My fav is Ippudo. But the Momfuku ramen blows Zenzo's out of the water!

                          Also excited about Kingyo, Raijin and Kinton set to open in Toronto this year, too! Ramen mania!!

                          (ps - is it obvious how ridiculously giddy i am about this? i make trips to nyc just for ramen!)

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                            bytepusher Apr 25, 2012 03:48 PM

                            My source says Aug 17th, has met a number of the people Chang has hired and was impressed.

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                              bytepusher Apr 26, 2012 08:16 AM

                              And Toronto Life is now reporting that Momofuku's Toronto PR rep called to correct the date to "sometime in August 2012"

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                              EarlyDrive Apr 25, 2012 03:44 PM

                              Great news. And 3 restaurants in one building -- did not know this.

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