2013

Miss Korea: Trendy Korean Restaurant & Bar in downtown Toronto

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Address 
687 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4Y 
[closest intersection: Yonge-bloor; closest subway: Yonge-bloor]
Cuisine
Korean(mildly fusion)
Price Range
Lunch: $10-$15 per person
Dinner: $13-$25 per person
Contact
647.748.9100
misskoreatoronto@hotmail.com

First impression: 
Trendy, cozy, cute – reminded me a lot of the small restaurants I frequented near Hongik University (Similar to Queen St. West here in Toronto). There are 2 floors, the ground floor being the main eating area. There’s a private room & KTV machine on the 2nd floor – perfect for birthdays or corporate gatherings (more info below). Friendly, all-Korean (and super cute) staffs added shine to the chic decor.

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The restaurant itself isn’t too big, but sits quite a bit of people. The tables are round, steel tables, a common furniture for Korean indoor pochas or tented pubs. The modern loft-inspired interior accented by retro-korean furniture like the steel-barrel seats (notice the ‘chair’ the guy is sitting on in the photo above) and light-bulb light fixtures makes this place suitable for a date and casual dinning.

Friday, Dec. 6th, 12:30 p.m. – the place was packed.

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Unlike most Korean restaurants in Toronto, Miss Korea did not dish out a plethora of side-dishes. Kimchi and seaweed soup was all we got. Many Canadians go to Korean restaurants and expect free dishes – so I’m curious how customers think of this. Personally, I didn’t mind. Most trendy/chic “youthful” restaurants in Korea don’t give out side-dishes.

Today’s menu: Spicy Chicken Dol-sot & Bulgogi Beef Bun

Lunch Menu #4. Spicy Chicken Dolsot – 9.95
Marinated Spicy Chicken Breast with Vegetable

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Spicy-chicken, rice, and stone-grill with a mix of 5 vegetables will make you sweat in and out – the perfect meal in this freezing winter weather. The hot sauce on the side lets you control the spice-level to your liking.

How to eat (with tips):
1) Mix in half of the sauce as soon as you get your grill. The later, the dryer the food.
2) Mix everything in the bowl with a chopstick, immediately. Using the spoon will disintegrate the texture of the ingredients and you may run a risk of turning the dish into a spicy blob of mash potato.
3) Try it and add more sauce accordingly
4) Eat from the middle of the pot and leave the outer sides till the end. By the end of the meal, there should be a layer of semi-burnt rice layer lining the bottom of the grill. This is called 누릉지 (Nu-reung-ji; scorched rice) – personally my favorite part.

Miss Korea’s specialty: Lunch Menu #11. Bulgogi Beef Bun – 7.95
Grilled Ribeye Slice on Onion Bun with Relish 

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Canadian-Korean fusion, this bun may be a great entry food for foreigners who’ve never tried Korean food. While quite Western-esque in presentation, don’t be fooled! This bun, with pa-mu-chim (파무침; Korean scallion salad) and bulgogi (불고기; beef marinated in sweet sauce) is rather authentically Korean in taste. The perfect balance of sweet and salty is sure to entice anyone’s palate – highly-recommended!

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MENU

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This last Soju/Beer/.. menu are set menus

How to order:
First, you choose whether you want Miss Jin, Miss Sun, or Miss Mee
Second, choose one of the entree under the chosen Miss
Third, choose one of the following alcohol: Soju, Makgurli (sweet rice wine), 4 Beer, or Two Miss Bomb (cocktail)

Interesting fact! Miss Jin, Miss Sun, Miss Mee is how 1st, 2nd, 3rd place are referred to in Korea’s beauty pageant. Hence, Miss Jin is the most expensive set menu.

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Drinks
Miss Korea has a lot more variety of non-Korean alcohol compared to other Korean places.

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Private Party Room 
2nd floor

This party room on the second floor seats up to 15 people. Fully equipped with floor to ceiling windows, disco-ball, and a KTV machine – it’s perfect for a night out with friends, birthday or a small corporate function!

Rules for booking for dinner:
1. Minimum is 6 people
2. Must order $250 worth of food/alcohol
3. Choose from one of two time slots:
A) 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
B) 10:15 p.m. – 2:30 a.m. (3 p.m. on weekends)

**Lunch is open to any group of 6+ people with no minimum charge!

HOLIDAY HOURS
Dec. 24  – regular hours
Dec. 25th – 5 p.m. ~ 2a.m.
Dec. 31st regular- 5 p.m. ~ 4a.m.
Jan. 1, 2014 – closed

Overall 

Food ☺☺☺1/2
Service ☺☺☺☺
Experience ☺☺☺☺

Hope this was helpful!
Comment below for questions or you can also email me at: tina.sy.hsu@gmail.com

11 replies »

  1. Oh my god ! In the drink menu I found ” Makuril ” , it is a white color a bit sticky rice wine , very unique taste , I ever tried it many years ago on the roof of a high mountain in the middle of South Korea . I can’t forget that taste . Now , it is available in Toronto downtown . Amazing !

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