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Which Momofuku restaurant ?

I'm visiting Toronto in a couple of weeks and want to eat at one of the Momofuku restaurants. if you had to choose only one, which would you choose, and why?

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  1. Depends on your budget...

    That will probably answer the question. Also, visiting from where?

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    1. re: BigBabyYeezuS

      I'm willing to spend money if it's worth it. Shoto seems like it would be wonderful, but if it doesn't live up to the hype, I'd be disappointed to lay out that kind of cash. I'm coming from the Rochester, NY area, so a big part of the draw for me is experiencing cooking on a level that is difficult/impossible to find around here. Thanks for your help!

      1. re: LauraRebecca

        Shoto is among the best dining in Toronto. The main drawback is the counter-seating on stools, so it's really only suitable for couples (or up to 4 if you can get a corner).
        Daisho is more family style and fun. Main dishes arrive on platters. It's possible to order from only the small dishes but you don't really get the full experience.
        Noodle Bar is shared tables, louder and bustling. The food is fine but more expensive than other Toronto noodle bars.
        Shoto DOES live up to the hype. It's the special occasion venue.

          1. re: LauraRebecca

            I would say Daisho if you're with a bigger group, Shoto if it's just you or the two of you. Basically what Esufarian said.

            Also, Noodle Bar is cheap. You can do a second meal there for under $20 or $30 if you want to try that as well.

            1. re: BigBabyYeezuS

              That sounds like a good idea. It's just me visiting, so sitting at Shoto isn't a problem - and then I can double down at Noodle Bar. ;)

              I've got a sweet tooth, so I was planning on going to Milk Bar -- how do you like their sweets?

              1. re: LauraRebecca

                I find them too sweet, but if you have a sweet tooth that may in fact be a good thing

                Keep in mind that the Toronto Milk Bar is essentially takeaway only, so grab some things to take back to your room or for the trip home.

                  1. re: LauraRebecca

                    Takeaway is also a good idea because the stuff is kept chilled. The cookies are better at room temp although I actually liked the cake truffles better cold (but they weren't that great anyway). I don't believe the stuff is terribly fresh, unfortunately.

                    1. re: julesrules

                      I read on their site that they ship things in from their production bakery in Brooklyn - it's a shame that there's a loss in quality.

                      1. re: LauraRebecca

                        I've had terrific experiences with Milk Bar Toronto's desserts. Haven't noticed any quality issues. Especially given that they are shipped from Brooklyn.

                        Crack pie is a must. I quite like the corn cookie as well. And the peanut butter cookie is good too. Maple pecan coconut is really good and quite rich. Best to eat that cookie slow, I find.

                        Not a fan of cake pops in general. Momofuku's are no different, but that's not their fault - I just don't care for cake pops.

                        Whatever you buy at Milk Bar, let it come up to room temp.

                        1. re: magic

                          I would not say the stuff is stale, but nor is it shipped fresh daily as they were claiming when they opened. The sheer quantity belies that possibility. At the price point, it's certainly worth a try. But I have the cookbook and the stuff is just better fresh. I work nearby and like to go get myself a treat at lunch sometimes - but have not been tempted back by milk bar.

                          1. re: julesrules

                            I'd never argue that it's better fresh, of course. But considering they ship from Brooklyn I think Milk Bar offerings have been very good. Delicious even.

                            In my own experience so far, at least.

                        2. re: LauraRebecca

                          The Momofuku restos in Toronto are a lot of fun, I think you're going to enjoy.

                          (and get pork buns!)

                          1. re: magic

                            Generally speaking, do you need reservations at the Noodle Bar or is it pretty much just walk in during weekends lunch time?

                            1. re: millygirl

                              No idea :(

                              I've only ever gone on weekdays as I work in the area. It's always been busy on the Fridays I've gone for lunch but even then I've been seated immediately, with no wait. There's a decent amount of seating at Noodle Bar.

                              Perhaps somone here can speak to weekend crowds?

                              1. re: millygirl

                                Walk ins only unless you're doing a "large format" meal like fried chicken.

                                1. re: BigBabyYeezuS

                                  No, they take reservations even for 2 ppl now. So still walk-in friendly, but I make reservations all the time. Even for one person. They just changed this policy recently I think, way easier to plan now