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PAT Central

Posted by Tim / Posted on April 11, 2006

apr1106_makarel.jpgEvery few weeks I stop by P.A.T. Central on Bloor Street to pick up some food items that I can't find on my usual grocery route. While the store is likely to underwhelm anyone who's tasted the T&T Supermarket experience, it's still a great spot to pick up supplies close to the Bloor Subway line.

On a recent trip I picked up a handful of fresh vegetables, some tofu (they have a great selection - tubed, firm, soft - and cheap!), kimchi and seaweed. I admired the fresh sashimi and mackarel (above); gave a once-over of the frozen bulgogi and surprised some onlookeers by taking some pics of the salted shrimp.

More photos:

P.A.T. Central has a good selection of prepared foods including the ready-to-mix bibimbap. Just add rice!
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The shelves stock lots of items you'd be pressed to find elsewhere such as Pulmuone seafood juice.
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There's a whole section devoted to canned, liquid coffees.
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The aforementioned salted shrimp.
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P.A.T. Central, 675 Bloor Street West (between Bathurst and Clinton)

Discussion

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Tanja / April 12, 2006 at 03:13 am
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Oh don't forget the Black Bean Doo Doo!
http://www.blogto.com/eat_drink/2005/06/whos_up_for_some_doodoo/
Martin / July 13, 2008 at 04:34 pm
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http://patmart.net/
Robb / May 5, 2009 at 10:12 pm
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love this place for anything Korean food!
Hannah / August 22, 2009 at 10:36 pm
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The fact that this store is at the end of my street make it WAY too tempting. Mmmm, the melon pops and coffee drinks are awesome.
Colleen / September 19, 2011 at 12:35 am
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Friendly staff and delicious, fresh (often local) produce. My favourite grocery store in TO!
sheley / December 15, 2012 at 02:20 pm
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If you are non-Korean, dont bother. This place has the worst customer service! Every time. For instance, I needed an item I could not find, asked someone and he told me to ask the cashier, who pretended not to hear me. Thirty seconds later while I just stood there, she told me she is there to serve customers (I suppose I wasn't) and pointed at another guy. I asked this guy who in turn asked me to ask the cashier who again told me she is there to serve customers! Whoa, what attitude is that? Last month, I picked an item marked at $4.99, but the cashier rang it at $11.00. I told her it said $4.99. She took it, threw it on the other side without a word! Next customer was Korean, all nice and chummy, and I thought she could not speak. I object to this kind of service as it targets non-Koreans and is therefore discriminatory. Period.
Terry / May 13, 2013 at 06:25 pm
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I only go their for the red bean fish that they make. Otherwise the place has an horrible attitude if you are not korean / japanese. When trying to get some help or answers you are are basically staring down an angry school teacher.

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