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May 3, 2014 02:20 PM

Yonge & Sheppard

New to the area and looking for some foodie recommendations of all types of cuisine. Going to try Nome Izakaya and will be sure to update you !

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  1. Just got word that ichiban sushi spring garden is he best sushi place in the area

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    1. re: PTAHH

      Take what ever transportation to 'Sheppard and Leslie'. two block east. The Sashimi and Sushi at 'Taro' is way way, more exotic and better. ( more expensive though ). BTW, Taro is a 'boutique fish specialist outfit' run and operated by an entire team of Japanese. Ichiban is Korean/Chinese run and more communal.

      Head north on Yonge and choices for authentic Korean food is infinite!!

      1. re: Charles Yu

        Thank you Charles will def try that out. please send me an update of your short list for authentic Korean

        1. re: PTAHH

          I'm not a fan of Korean food. Only tag along with family or friends once in a blue moon! May be other fellow chowhounders can help with specific recommendations?!

            1. re: prima

              For the past several years, my favourite Korean resto up that way has been Cho Sun OK, in a small plaza on Yonge St. at Clark, north of Steeles Ave.(which I learned about from a tip on this board). It doesn't have quite the wide-ranging menu of Mot Na Son, but what it does - mainly soups/stews - is does well. Locally popular with the Korean community, it's always busy. Attractively priced. I invariably go for the #3, shredded beef brisket stew with scallions in a spicy broth. Highly flavourful. Seven tasty banchan (side dishes), more than most Korean restos offer, come with whatever you order. It's about a 15-minute drive from Yonge and Sheppard.

              1. re: juno

                Regarding the banchan, is there any significance to the number of side dishes? My Korean restaurant experience is limited, but at the 2 that I frequent, one always gives 9 different side dishes while the other gives only 2 (albeit the banchan are large).

                1. re: T Long

                  Nine banchan? Wow! That, for sure, wins the banchan award. As to whether the number of banchan on offer has any significance, I knoweth not. (I'll leave that to more learned noshers.) But in my view, the more banchan, the better - so long as they're tasty and diverse. I'd be intrigued to learn the name of the resto that offers you nine.

                  1. re: juno

                    The nine banchan place is Jeon Ju Hyang on Bamburgh Circle near Warden and Steeles.

      2. I work at North York Centre so I've eaten at my fair share of places in the area. The only foodie recommendation that I'd wholeheartedly recommend is Oh Geul Boh Geul (5320 Yonge St, Korean). It's much better than The Owl of Minerva which is beside it, though it doesn't stay open as late (alas, no 3AM kamjatang). It's constantly busy with Koreans, takes credit card, and is very reasonably priced. They get large parties quite often, so they offer jeongols in addition to individual sized portions of the standards (jjigae, tang, deop bap, bok eum bap). During weekday lunch times, you have to get there before noon because it's often full, and weekend dinners usually involve 20-30 minute waits. Totally worth it though.

        I've eaten at Jeon Ju Hyang a few times, and I feel that OGBG is much better in terms of quality and taste. Number of banchan dishes are about the same, plus they don't have a limit on number of refills that you can get unlike Jeon Ju Hyang. There's also parking in the back that's shared with the Owl of Minerva.

        Aside from that, pho88 (5197 Yonge) used to be pretty decent for their bun bo hue, but then they mainstreamized their menu a few months ago and it's no longer a good deal plus they also removed most of the interesting dishes and sanitized it with basic boring standards. The Gol restaurant on Spring Garden Ave looks half decent (Persian kebabs) but it's takeout only, so I haven't gotten around to it. There's some other decent places nearby but they're not really Chow-worthy, just more of a good lunch deal that's tasty.