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Kimchi Korea House

Posted by Liora Ipsum / Reviewed on October 9, 2012 / review policy

kimchi korea house torontoKimchi Korea House, on the south side of Dundas near Bay, is situated in a prime spot to take advantage of this bustling downtown neighbourhood. At only a couple weeks old, the new restaurant is already garnering plenty of foot traffic from the nearby Ryerson campus.

kimchi korea house torontoThe formerly vacant and dilapidated storefront has been given an extreme makeover and now sports casual, modern decor that appropriately draws from Asian influences. Designed by Koryo Interior, the new look incorporates dark woods, rice paper screens, and bright red, vinyl banquettes.

kimchi korea house torontoThis is a restaurant from a veteran of the service industry, and here, a convivial atmosphere takes precedence over trendy fare. Owner Michelle Lee tells me about her lifetime of experience working in hospitality and service for the Western Prince Hotel and Niagara Fall's Captain Murphy's Restaurant, and how she is proud to now have the opportunity to show off the Korean comfort foods that are close to her heart.

kimchi korea house torontoPrices are not especially cheap, but the portion sizes are generous. The Sweet & Spicy Chicken ($15.95) delivers exactly what it promises via chillies and pineapple slices, and is served with sides of traditional Korean garnishes like kimchi, bean sprouts, pickled radish, cucumber and eggplant.

The Hot Stonepot Bibimbap ($10.95) arrives sizzling in heavy stoneware. The pan-fried egg sits on top of colourful veggies, slow-cooked beef, and soft fluffy rice that is seared to the bottom of the dish--a positive in my mind.

kimchi korea house torontoThe Kalbi Ribs Soup ($10.95) is another hearty dish featuring slow-cooked beef ribs and tender cubes of carrot and radish in a rich, beefy broth.

kimchi korea house torontoTonight, I'm grateful for the unlimited green tea, but on the drinks menu, options include beers and wines, as well as Sake, plum wine and soju (a distilled, vodka-like beverage with 35% alcohol that is native to Korea).

kimchi korea house torontoCurrently, the restaurant is open from 11:30am until late, but there are plans to stay open until 4:30 am on the weekends. Lee insists that "Korean food is great hangover food," and is confident that she's found a prime location in which to dish it out.

kimchi korea house torontoPhotos by Morris Lum


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