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Momofuku Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / Reviewed on September 20, 2012 / review policy

Momofuku TorontoMomofuku Toronto has finally opened its doors after a summer full of eager anticipation. The Noodle Bar, from famed, New York chef David Chang, is the first of three restaurants that are soon to include Shōtō, a 22-seat restaurant that will mimic the concept of New York's Ko with 10+ course tasting menus; and Daishō, a larger, 70-seat family style dining room.

Momofuku TorontoThe Noodle Bar, on the first floor of the Shangri-La Hotel is a casual, but polished, cafeteria styled eatery. The cavernous ceilings open to the second floor cocktail bar, Nikai (which literally translates to 'second floor') and gives an illusion of space – don't be fooled, in true Momofuku style; the long, communal tables are packed in so tight that you can hardly pass between fellow diners.

Momofuku TorontoYou should also be prepared to meet your neighbours which I find kind of fun and can make ordering much easier: "I'll have one of those..." and suddenly I've got a super refreshing yuzu, lime and sake blended Seven Spice Sour Slushie ($10 for the large or $5 for a wee, shooter-sized 'small').

Momofuku TorontoUnlike the New York Noodle Bar, the Toronto menu features only a dozen selections which arrive as they're ready and in no particular order. My choice, the Momofuku Ramen ($14) is a hearty bowl of bouncy, chewy noodles topped with pork belly and shoulder, fish cake, scallions, kimchi, nori and a perfectly soft-poached egg. The broth is the product of slowly simmered kombu, chicken necks and scallions, and for me, is impressively seasoned (read: not-too-salty).

Momofuku TorontoThe Chilled Spicy Noodles ($14) comes topped with sichuan sausage, fresh spinach and candied cashews. When we ordered it, our server noted its heat - though upon tasting, we all agree it was kind of tame.

Momofuku TorontoDespite Chang's notoriously public, pro-pork stance there are vegetarian selections like the Shiitake Buns ($8) with hoisin sauce, scallions and cucumber, as well as, the Ginger Scallion Noodles ($12 - top photo) that come topped with shiitakes, cucumber and cabbage.

Momofuku TorontoThe Roasted Rice Cakes ($11) are my favourite of the night. The bowl of chewy, gnocchi-like dumplings come dressed in bibim sauce, sesame oil and toasted sesame seeds and are mildly addictive. Clearly a Chang dish.

Momofuku TorontoThe jar of mixed Pickles ($6) offers refreshing crunch and I'm happy to have it on the side.

The freshness and heartiness of this kind of food make Momofuku's success obvious.
Caught up in the excitement of it all, we may have ordered too much food and we left before the notion of dessert even crossed my mind... now I can't stop thinking about the signature Milk Bar treats. Can someone, anyone: please report back – is crack-pie on the menu?

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Correction: An earlier version of this profile described the ramen broth as containing pork bones - it does not. Momofuko has officially let us know that there are no desserts at Noodle Bar, not even crack-pie.



Collin / September 20, 2012 at 09:01 am
hey. you forgot to order the pork buns!!!!!

aside from the buzz, how does it compare to Kinton or Sansotei??
duder / September 20, 2012 at 09:05 am
I had dinner there last night. I thought we'd wait a long time, but we were seated in less than ten minutes.

Overall, I'd give it a 7.5 / 10. The pork buns were indeed awesome, but I suspect that's because there's a ton of fat on the meat.

The Momofuku ramen was decent, but I think Kinton is better. My Japanese wife thought the noodles were too chewy for ramen, and I thought that the broth could have been warmer. I will admit that the more I got into it, the more I liked it. But for a ramen purist, might not be the best.

The chilled spicy noodles were pretty good, although towards the end the caramelized cashews overpowered the dish. I really liked the meat, though.

This place is likely to get busier soon, and I'd go back to try the Kimchi soup (Chang's Korean, after all, so I'm expecting big things). But for a $50 meal - that didn't include booze - it's not exactly cheap. But then again, you're eating at a celebrity chef's restaurant next to the Shangri-La, so I guess it evens out.
Rick / September 20, 2012 at 09:33 am
I'm not trying to disparage anyone's excitement about Momofuku arriving in Toronto, but I kind of hate the trend that the city's restaurants seem to be taking wherein we act like we owe restaurants something for letting us eat there.

We line up or battle for a table, willingly forgo things like timed service, privacy, and comfort--even seat backs--just for the privilege of trying the food.

I'm sure the food is great, but why do we kiss the restaurant's ass for serving us when, really, a restaurant should kiss our ass for patronizing their business?

If I'm paying that much for a meal--the food notwithstanding-- I'd appreciate more customer service and ambiance than that which I can get at IKEA.
Lindsay / September 20, 2012 at 09:34 am
I agree. The ramen at Kinto Ramen is better and I prefer the pork bun at Banh Mi Boys! The sake slushie had this weird peppery taste. Beautiful place, but overpriced and the food wasn't that impressive. Might try the other restaurants which I think will be a bit more sophisticated (and hopefully with stronger flavours)
Lindsay / September 20, 2012 at 09:37 am
Oh and we also tried the rice cakes, which were pretty good. But also, didn't have the complexity in flavour in the sauce that I was hoping for. Nice and chewy though!
Christopher replying to a comment from Rick / September 20, 2012 at 09:42 am
Been to both NYC and now Toronto and the service is far better than at IKEA. The vibe is right. The communal thing and the lack of seat backs is all part of that. It's lovely.

The ramen, though, I don't know. The toppings are the best in the city, bar none. The broth, though, I don't know... it's almost bland, to me. Kinton and Sansotei (despite the latter's occasional Oxo twang) are better broths if not better bowls.

On the whole, Momofuku is the tits and I'm glad we've got it. I would have put the thing (especially the noodle bar) in a younger neighbourhood, but oh well.
duder replying to a comment from Rick / September 20, 2012 at 09:43 am
Well to be fair, the service was good and everyone was friendy. I certainly didn't feel that we were kissing the restaurant's ass to have the privilege of eating there. Plus, any big city is the same - the more popular a place, the more they can shrug their shoulders when you're pissed.

Honestly, I'd be curious to know what Chang would've thought of my meal yesterday. In a Star article this morning, he talks about how he'd rather have his staff fail than be mediocre. But really, after all the expectation and build-up, I was expecting fireworks. I'll have to go back once they've found their groove, I guess.
Brent / September 20, 2012 at 09:53 am
I’m a Toronto ex-pat living in New York and have been to several of the Momofuku locations here, several times each. I will say that the service is uniformly exceptional – surprisingly so, given you might expect it to be the type of place that is “too cool” to care.

Am eager to try the Toronto ones the next time I’m up.
zkpxo / September 20, 2012 at 10:03 am
do they have the fried chicken or bo ssam dinners like in nyc?
EC / September 20, 2012 at 10:08 am
j replying to a comment from zkpxo / September 20, 2012 at 10:10 am
They do at Dashio which is on the third floor and not open yet. Had the fried chicken at a friends and family event earlier this week and the fried chicken was really good.
Sara / September 20, 2012 at 10:17 am
I'm torn here- I love that we're getting world class chefs setting up shop here but I cannot help but wish we'd be this enthused with all our awesome local talent. It's the 'Toronto' mentality taking over where we all salivate over anything American opening it's doors.
Oh please / September 20, 2012 at 10:19 am
Just open a Wagamama here already.

Communal tables at 1/3 the price.
Tubby replying to a comment from Rick / September 20, 2012 at 10:21 am
In Toronto I never get the same service experience that I do in NYC. I did find on two visits to the establishment that the service was excellent, without a trace of the entitlement you see in this town.

In general I take no issue with food in Toronto. Where we most notably struggle to be a world-class city for dining is in our service. When I go to an expensive place and the servers auction the plates ("I have a penne for someone, a steak for someone else, a curry here -- who wants 'em?") it is a failure on the restaurant's part to create an experience in line with the expectations.

That Chang strives for the opposite is commendable. I also think he succeeded. For weeks he held private services just so the servers would be comfortable, knowledgeable and well-trained. He didn't rush his people into performing.

Try this: next time you go, ask your server about all the ingredients. Ask what's in each broth. If you have questions about the food, they can tell you about it knowledgeably, without the, "uhh ... I'll have to ask the kitchen what's on your plate" that you'll see elsewhere.
Kevin / September 20, 2012 at 10:52 am
I ate there last night as well. Didn't like the food. Had the ramen, chicken & egg bowl, pork buns and mushroom buns. Everything was too salty and overpowering. The ramen needed more pork flavour. The pork buns were amazing though, and worth going there just for them. The mushroom buns were not good.
Shrimp Bun Lover / September 20, 2012 at 11:04 am
I too was at the friends and family tasting and am devastated that the shrimp buns didn't make the trip up from NYC; they really were the star of Noodle Bar NYC for me.

Rumor is that they just can't get them right so have given up.

We had basically every dish on the menu and I found the Ginger and Scallion dish to be the standout.

Will go back for the fried chicken as I thought it was great in NYC.
Moi / September 20, 2012 at 11:30 am
Great write-up and photos Liora!!!! :)
McRib replying to a comment from EC / September 20, 2012 at 01:00 pm
yes! went to Wagamama in London a couple of times and loved it.
JenC replying to a comment from Tubby / September 20, 2012 at 01:02 pm
Couldn't agree more about the service levels in Toronto. Just returned from a weekend in Chicago - where service, no matter the style of restaurant (steak house, hot spot, casual dining) was superb. No entitlement, no sense the servers we doing us a favour by allowing us to dine there. This city needs to grow up.
Justin replying to a comment from Brent / September 20, 2012 at 01:03 pm
I used to live in New York, you should try Ippudo in the East Village,the best ramen I have ever had.
Brent replying to a comment from Justin / September 20, 2012 at 01:40 pm
I've had Ippudo - it's very good. I've actually never had the ramen at Momofuku Noodle Bar so I can't compare...I've only been for pork buns and usually opt for Ssam Bar for meals instead.
Khristopher / September 20, 2012 at 01:46 pm
Communal seating? Those prices? Haha. This isn't a student cafeteria.
Anyway, the food looks gross to my western palate.
J / September 20, 2012 at 01:57 pm
Wait till you try the pork buns at Ippudo - amazing!
Fraud Bored replying to a comment from J / September 20, 2012 at 02:08 pm
Let's talk about restaurants in other cities some more.
oph replying to a comment from Khristopher / September 20, 2012 at 03:38 pm
Anyone wondering why we need someone like David Chang to pump up excitement in our food scene? Well my friend Kristopher has answered that question, he is your average TO diner.
Mike replying to a comment from Oh please / September 20, 2012 at 03:40 pm
Was recently in London and tried Wagamama, twice. Doesn't hold a candle to Kinton's authenticity, but is decent in and of itself.

Excited to try momofuku!

lol / September 20, 2012 at 05:09 pm
overpiced asian street for with the same service!
L / September 20, 2012 at 07:14 pm
Spicy rice cakes have been a popular korean dish long before all this so I don't quite understand how this is "a Chang dish"....
tony / September 20, 2012 at 07:17 pm
I have to agree with the comments above regarding the service in Toronto. It is extremely poor, relative to most major cities. It's not that you can't get good service here. It just seem to be far and few between. Too many hipster joints dishing out over priced food with poor service. I can usually tolerate one or the other, but not both.

Btw, can't wait to try.

Titos / September 20, 2012 at 09:02 pm
Crack pie!? Love this and have it every time I'm in NYC. And pork buns!? They say it trumps ippudo pork buns. Had ippudo ramen in July when I was in ny, it's pretty darn good, decor and atmosphere too. This weekend I tried kinton on Baldwin, it's no ippudo. Can anyone compare momo and ippudo?
JY / September 20, 2012 at 11:17 pm
u guys are putting stars on Kinton's face by comparing it to Ippudo. they are not in the same league at all.
TJ / September 21, 2012 at 08:57 am
WT heck? $14 for a bowl noodles?
John replying to a comment from Titos / September 21, 2012 at 11:39 am

I thought Momofuku would blow Ippudo out of the water. Buns are better, ramen is tastier, and the menu has more range at Ippudo. Overall, i'd say there are better places in Toronto for buns and the range of sides (koreatown), but the noodles and ramen are significantly better than anywhere else in Toronto. Still, no Ippudo. Hopefully they step it up a bit! It's too early to give a full judgement.
mustbedave / September 21, 2012 at 03:10 pm
Went there earlier for lunch, had the pork buns and the smoked ginger scallion chicken wings. Pork buns were delicious! Wings were awesome. Nice smoky taste, might be a little spicy for some people.

Finished with a bowl a ramen. Broth was nice and savoury.

Avoid the lines and go for lunch.
DK / September 21, 2012 at 03:44 pm
The best ramen, is shin ramyun. Boil contents in 2 cups of water for about 4 minutes, add one egg, stir, take off the heat and enjoy piping hot!
Mr. Burns / September 21, 2012 at 04:03 pm
Doesn't look like its worth the hype or wait.
Nick / September 21, 2012 at 04:21 pm
I spend a considerable amount of time in NY (it's pretty much my second home) and within the lexicon of Ramen, Momofuku is rarely mentioned. I'll take my Minca, Ippudo and Kambi over Momo's any day. I guess I have realistic expectations of it here. I'm pretty sure Kinton and Santouka (when it opens) will blow it out the water. However, that doesn't alter the fact that Momofuku has all around great food and a good vibe. And that pretty much is the atmosphere of Ssam Bar, Noodle bar and Ma Peche in NY (although the Bo Ssam is beyond retarded). For what it's worth, I think Momofuku will flourish in Toronto and I'm glad that a name brand chef is bringing the heat to a city WE ALL know deserves it shine.
nyc ramen / September 21, 2012 at 04:45 pm
Any NYC ramen discussion (which it appears this thread has devolved into) without mention of Totto is useless. Totto is hands down the best bowl of ramen in the New York.
jody / September 21, 2012 at 09:04 pm
The reason why Momofuku ramen is instantly better then Ippudo is that Ippudo's is LOADED with MSG. Momofuku's is not and they have to work alot harder to get those flavours to come together.
Johng to / September 23, 2012 at 09:55 am
MoMoFuKu is a wonderful addition to the Toronto Restaurant Scene. Their quality has already been proven in NY.

Torontonians have already been exposed to many great restaurants. Restaurants such as Kenzo, Kinton, Swish by Han and BiBimBap have similar items on their menus and they all taste great. I think we have been spoiled already and are missing the wow factor.

All in all I enjoyed the food and will return soon. Looking forward to the opening of his other restaurants.
Ramen lover / September 24, 2012 at 09:58 pm
$14 for a bowl of ramen? It's sad to see how people don't even realize when they're getting conned. People in Toronto will follow any stupid hype.
Ramen noodles: $1 "AT THE MOST"
Fish cake: $2.99
One egg: 25 cents
2 slice of pork belly: priceless
A piece of Kimchi: 25 cents
The place looks like a public library, go to any other asian restaurant and get better noodle for a third of the cost. Come on people, if you focus hard enough, you can make your decision, it's possible.
Jimmy / September 25, 2012 at 08:56 am
Fried Chicken at Dashio is INCREDIBLE. Went for a family and friends event. Not sure when its opening to the public...
Sumo / September 25, 2012 at 11:22 am
Mediocre food, awful service.

I arrived just before 6 and was told a table was available immediately. I mentioned that the rest of my group would not arrive for another 20 minutes and that I would wait at the bar. There were a lot of bartenders hanging out behind the bar but took a bit of effort to get their attention, they did create a great cocktail though.

I received a text message saying my table was ready and that it would be held for 10 minutes. I misread it as my table would be ready in 10 minutes, so went down after 15 to ask the hostess why I hadnt received a followup text message. She clarified my misunderstanding and told me it wasnt an issue and that I should assemble my party (group of 4) and my table would be ready shortly.

We leave the bar and wait at the entrance and are told that the group sitting at our table has paid but is not making any effort to leave. I ask the hostess if she can say something to the group about the line and she says no. We wait for over 45 minutes at which point we see multiple groups leave (including pairs sitting beside each other) AND a group of 5 leave. We ask to be seated at the 5 person table and are told that the table is for 5 people and they cant waste a seat. I point out that 2 other tables are using empty seats as bag rests to which the hostess is non responsive.

Finally the group we were waiting for vacates (on their own accord) and we are seated. Food service is good, our server is helpful, however as we having our dishes cleared away we hear her announce a special to the couple sitting beside us which wasnt offered to us.

We got the chicken and pork buns, frankly Banh Mi Boys tastes better, larger portions and cheaper. We all got the Momofuku Ramen and its disappointing, the fish cake tastes like mock crab and there is a large helping of Kimchi in the bowl.

As soon as we are done paying, the waitress comes and tells us that the hostess would like to let us know there is a lineup for seats and that we are welcome to move to the Shangri-La lounge.

The food is decent, but definitely not worth the wait and dealing with the inept staff. If there was NO line, I may return, but most probably would walk the 1.5 blocks to Kinton.
ChildishBambina / September 26, 2012 at 01:05 am
I went there on a Tuesday at 8 and I was able to get a table by 8:30. I got there and everyone was pretty friendly, they told me that next time if I want to make reservations I can do so but just not for the noodle bar which I'm assuming is the place where you can see the cooks.

That's alright, however I would say that the drinks are pretty damn expensive. $16 for a cocktail is pretty damn crazy.

The food was decent but nothing to write home about. I don't think I will go back when I get get better food in Chinatown. But if you are looking for a noodle place with hip atmosphere the food isn't terrible.
Nadia / September 28, 2012 at 05:24 pm
Just an FYI - the only items on the menu that don't contain pork are the ginger scallion noodles, kimchi, and one more pickle side. I eat everything except pork and even the chicken dishes and shiitake buns have pork broth or fat in them.
ra / October 8, 2012 at 03:35 pm
Everything is wrong about this place.
For the price you are paying for a bowl of noodle, it's totally not worth your time. For $15, you get a huge bowl with only 1/3 filled. Not to mention the little portion or poorly cooking. It's nowhere close to authentic Japanese noodle. If you gonna place a restaurant in the top hotel in the city, shangrila, at least don't use disposable chopsticks and chinese soup spoons. The bowl is over sized for the tiny soup so you will have trouble getting the soup with it. It makes the whole dining experience so cheap. I wonder if they went over to China and just got whatever utensils they can get.
Totally not worth trying. Nothing give you a hint of Japanese-ness to your dining experience... server uniforms, service, attitude, food... just because it called ramen don't make it ramen. I've tried all of the ramen places in Toronto and by far this is the worst!
Did I mention they have long lineups and wouldn't seat you until your full party has arrived?
EnT / October 21, 2012 at 08:43 pm
It was a big disappointment. Poor service and average food. It was 5 of us and we waited for more than one hour for a table - turns out, the hostess would only assign the single corner table for any party greater than 4. So we were just there watching others seated at tables that could have accommodated the 5 of us. Worst thing is, the hostess was quite rude when we followed up with her while we wait. The food was not worth the wait at all. Pork bun was decent, but the same can be found in other Chinese restaurant for half of the price. Noodle was below average - Kinton is way better. I will never return to this restaurant....
Jim / November 1, 2012 at 03:39 am
Had lunch there yesterday - what an unpleasant experience. Rude staff who got the order wrong and constantly interrupted conversion mid-freaking-sentence with "Is everything OK?" (Code in this sort of place for "please eat quickly we'd like you to leave")

Worst of all, food was bland and boring. All harsh, bitter, no subtlety and very overpriced. Last visit for us.
sickofwannabetoronto replying to a comment from Rick / November 15, 2012 at 04:21 pm
you are absolutely right about every culinary and other entertaining establishment even of mediocre standards in Toronto treats customers as they should be thankful of their existence. Let alone the ones that have already a certain name or reputation in other parts of the world. The difference between the same ones in NYC is that, you'll never get a bad service in NYC, because if you do, they're just screwing themselves. There are a million other top notch bars and restaurants and you nameit of all kinds in NYC that you only need the time and the money to try them all. Torontonians don't get it. They are stuck in wannabe NYC mode without even being once there. That attitude not only hurts the customers, but also the quality of anything offered to them.
LC / November 26, 2012 at 06:07 pm
Lame. Arrived at 3:30 yesterday and they were closed. Don't understand why resturants close btw 3-5. Makes no sense!
Danny Antwi replying to a comment from Rick / December 5, 2012 at 11:30 am
I share your concerns Rick and all of us consumers should be aware of this in hopes of changing this dynamic. Businesses are in business to serve clients.
The sentiment that this place is overhyped and over-appreciated without merit is spot on. I have been here for lunch and was thoroughly disappointed for spending the time and the money there.

Customer service and a great consumer experience anywhere has waned because of 'fanboism' and fanatics. We are as consumers need to come together in a meaningful way to demand a better consumer experience once again.

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Alby C / December 11, 2012 at 12:35 am
Hey! Do you like getting treated like garbage? AWESOME! This is the place for you.

My dear reader, here's what's in store for you when you decide to make a reservation at the illustrious DAISHO!!!!!!!! Are you listening, dahhhhhhlings?

- If you show up 10-15 minutes early, DO NOT bother to make your presence known to the host/hostess. You will be stared down like a naughty schoolchild. How dare you inquire about your reservation, silly goof?! Go sit somewhere on a stoop until you are summoned. Once they seat you, you will have the privilege of kissing the establishment's ass for the duration of your stay. CONGRATULATIONS! The night is off to an awesome start! Woohoo!!!

- Do not ask whether they serve noodles. Don't even think about making this honest mistake. My friend asked our server whether he could order a noodle dish and was told flatly,"No." When he asked for clarification, the server barked back condescendingly, "If you could have the noodles, I would've told you that you could have them the first time you asked." The first rule of Daisho is you do not speak about noodles. The second rule of Daisho is you DO NOT SPEAK ABOUT NOODLES!!!

- Comfortable seating? Silly peasant, you don't deserve a backrest.

- The biggest issue: about 3/4 through the meal, my friend realized there was a hair in the food he just began chewing. For anyone that this has happened to, I'm sure you can understand how revolting and downright uncomfortable this type of situation is. My friend proceeded to pull out inches of hair out of his mouth with a hunk of meat around it. Our server witnessed this happening and quickly ran over to her manager to alert him about the situation. I could not believe what I saw next. She re-enacted the whole situation to the manager and LAUGHED about the entire thing in full view of the entire restaurant. It was not a laughing matter. The server came several minutes later and cleaned up my friend's plate. I could not believe that the manager made three trips around the restaurant before he approached my friend to speak to him about the situation. At this point, no one at the table had an appetite and all of the otherwise mediocre --> good food just sat there until the staff took it away.

- For those accusing us of arranging this whole thing to get a discount, because we're cheap bastards - get real. I find it hard to believe that 14 people coming from different parts of the city could've conspired to stage this whole event (QUICK SOMEONE - PLUCK OUT A HAIR!!!). Our party was celebrating a birthday and we were all excited for a night on the town. I was shocked that the bill only came to $40/person given that we ordered 2 items from the large format menu and WAY too many sides. The price was very reasonable for the variety that we got. They are actually not expensive enough to have these disgraceful, pompous attitudes. I expect to be treated with this degree of arrogance only when I'm paying upwards of $150 a plate.

- The proposed resolution: The manager sent complimentary desserts (valued at $80) that we waited 30 uncomfortable minutes for and during which the staff was giving us attitude and making us feel generally uneasy. The manager had also assured us that the bill would be adjusted to rectify the unfortunate situation. The bill had a 10% discount, which was ridiculous given that everyone stopped 3/4 through their meal because they had lost their appetites. There was a lot of food to be eaten, and no one could stomach it at that point. We requested that the bo ssam be removed from the bill, as we never got to fully enjoy it and it was TAINTED WITH HAIR THAT SOMEONE BEGAN TO INGEST. A dispute resulted during which the manager threatened to remove the 10% discount, because after all that was a huge favour to us and how dare we do anything but kiss their butts and suck their toes for their mere existence? It was also insinuated that it was our hair and here's my favourite: the likeliest source of the inches of hair was due to an animal from the source - glad to hear the pork was resting somewhere near a horse's tail!! YEEEEEHAW!!! The situation didn't need to get that heated and it was 100% due to bad management - plain and simple. Yogurt has more culture.
Serge / December 27, 2012 at 11:29 pm
Alby, wow -- that's horrible. Thanks. Won't be going there.
Anthony Bourdain / December 29, 2012 at 08:44 pm
Drama queen, much? One hair. Big fucking deal. Stay home if you can't handle the truth. When you eat at a restaurant, people touch your food. With their fingers. A lot.
j snidely / December 30, 2012 at 09:13 pm
Pretentious wanks.
cj / February 11, 2013 at 01:01 pm
Seriously, who would be that disgusted about a hair? Hahaha. At the most, I might expect somebody who ingested the hair to be put off if they had a total hair-phobia, but the entire table was equally disgusted and unable to finish their meal? Are you kidding me? Hahaha. I
Stu / March 5, 2013 at 09:23 am
LOL - going out for meals is always a crapshoot. You've probably consumed countless pieces of hair at other places. Just saying. And calm down.
Sophie / March 9, 2013 at 07:27 am
Hello everyone! Our experience was so bad, I would not recommend this place for anybody! Food is unbelievably horrible, untasty and this place all about advertisement not about food... We have traveled through Asia a lot and can say that food in this place does not taste like Asian, won't go there , please!!!!!:-)))
Vikas Sharma / March 10, 2013 at 06:36 pm
I went to Momofuku in mid-January and had a not-so-great experience.

I waited until I wasn't upset about it until I wrote them ... and then they offered me a poor response.

I guess I am bewildered that a) they offered me a form letter in response and b) they really did nothing about my poor experience.

Here is my letter, and their response below.

Dear Momofuko:

I am writing to express my concern about an incident that occurred on the evening of January 18, 2013.

I had made a reservation, well in advance of the aforementioned date.
It was my girlfriends birthday.

When we arrived, we were sat at the bar.

I was disappointed that my reservation was made well in advance and we were sat at the bar to have our dinner.

I understand that at many establishments in Toronto, this is commonplace, however, I figured that booking in advance would have made a difference, considering that there were many, many tables in the place.

The service was slow.
Our plates weren't changed when new courses were brought, and the old ones were quite dirty.

The food was good.
Our server was very kind (she was also the bartender).
The wine was excellent and not over-priced.

Lastly. I understand the concept of the restaurant, however, when making the reservation, I noted that we would be having vegetarian meals.

Most places I go, if there aren't a lot of options, the chef always makes a special meal for me. I don't care about the price.

When my reservation was received, someone could have checked in regarding your limited options.

I would have asked when I arrived - I don't have a problem asking, but I honestly didn't feel welcomed sitting at the bar.

I am going to give you the opportunity to explain why this could happen, and you are willing to do about it.

I waited until I wasn't upset about it to write you.

Sending thanks in advance for your consideration.
- end of my letter

Here is their response


Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback on your experience at Momofuku. We regret to hear that you were disappointed with your experience. We have addressed with our servers, management, and kitchen team in hopes of avoiding situations like the one that you experienced. Thank you again, it's only through feedback from guests like yourself that we can continue to improve in every aspect of our restaurants.

Please let us know if you return, as we would appreciate an opportunity to meet you!

Thanks so much,
The Team at Momofuku
F.Williams / April 12, 2013 at 10:22 pm
Got a chance to check out this place during lunchtime with some of my male colleagues. Food was good, but not worth the wait. Liked the interior design: high ceilings, lite walls and clever seating: comfortable, but not too'll be asking for the bill once your entree arrives.

Also, dislike these trendy spots that attract
Shane replying to a comment from Jim / April 13, 2013 at 05:00 pm
I agree. My lunch was a disappointment : food was ordinary, crowded, noisy, awful service. Yamatomis better
Kid / July 22, 2013 at 11:50 pm
Waggamamma is the best and probably half the price of this pretentious place!
RS / October 23, 2013 at 01:34 pm
Had the WORST experience with the one of the hostess' Saturday night. How they can justify treating customers with such contempt is beyond me; they are *not* the only ramen restaurant in town. Will not be going back.
Bloom / March 8, 2014 at 08:07 am
This place was supposed to be high end and required a reservation but NOT a single beautiful attractive woman was there who does the hiring here?
NOT coming back
Luke / June 12, 2014 at 02:42 pm
Hello, it is not clear from this article but isn't David Zhang a Chinese name? Correct me if I am wrong. If correct any Chinese readers or natives can tell me what Momofuku means thanks
Nader / December 4, 2014 at 09:49 pm
I would swoon out of this overpriced violator of wallets to anywhere else
April / January 16, 2015 at 10:46 pm
1st visit here was 2 years ago. I was sadly disappointed then and now 2 years later, I am still disappointed! I had the tan tan ramen, and the Brussel sprouts with kimchi as a side dish- both fell flat on their faces- it was completely bland..I couldn't even finish the meal. My husband enjoyed the momofuko ramen and The cereal milk icecream was a nice treat but overall this experience was not worth the $100 bill we got at the end of the night.
S W / July 10, 2015 at 05:46 pm
Terrible ramen place. Broth had drops of smoke flavor added. Seriously save yourself the money and eat Sapparo Ichiban for .99c instead. If you still think this is good, try any OTHER ramen resto as anything, anything at all would be better!
M / July 19, 2015 at 12:43 pm
Having a horrible summerlicious experience at momofuku noodle bar. Be prepared for very small portions for summerlicious. They still have a queue out the door. I will not be coming back and do not recommend them. The regular prices are overpriced for you get.
A / July 20, 2015 at 02:07 pm
Went to Noodle Bar to try their summerlicious menu but ended up leaving wishing I had just bought a grocery store ramen packet. I had the Chicken Tan Tan ramen which was overloaded with spice with hardly any broth. The noodles were sticking together (likely not cooked properly). While the BBQ pork bun was good, I would never have paid full price for it and the Cereal milk soft serve was strange and tangy. I kept waiting to "get used to it" but again, disappointment. Went to the Milk Bar to get a compost cookie which I have had several times and it was rock hard. Was this because it was Sunday and they don't bother restocking with fresh goods? If so, just don't open!
Will NOT be back.
Colin / August 22, 2015 at 10:05 am
They pretend this is a high end restaurant but ramen is just common food and really usually sold in Japan for around $5-7

BUT here was the catch at Momofuku: it was terrible and weird. Just soapy greasy mix at GOURMET prices.. really bad taste in the mouth

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