The Best Korean BBQ in Toronto
The best Korean BBQ restaurants in Toronto take grilled meats to new heights. Choose from classics like steak, ribs and pork belly to adventurous eats like pig intestine - all cooked with an abundance of sweet and savoury sauces. (Pro tip: Stay away from wearing your Sunday best, unless you're on a dare which consists of eating that nice shirt you just got.)
Here are the best Korean BBQ restaurants in Toronto.
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Those in the know, know that for excellent sirloin beef BBQ, you head to Sariwon. This Thornhill establishment serves up all your usual popular options, but they also serve a "lightly seasoned" beef dish, which is great if you feel like getting a meatier flavour with less of the sweetness that usually permeates Korean BBQ dishes. Huge portions, huge banchans, and huge crowds during mealtimes - that's what it's all about here.
For almost 40 years, this old-school Korean restaurant has been feeding Koreatown local and visitors with their huge array of menu options. Among their BBQ offerings are the excellent mushroom and beef skewers, along with the fatty (but so satisfying) pork belly BBQ. Excellent service and a homey, comfortable feel round up the positives here.
This nice, brightly-lit restaurant is located almost smack-dab at the Yonge and Finch intersection. Be it sirloin beef or thinly sliced pork belly, Huh Ga Ne does it right and draws in the locals (who are overwhelmingly Korean), so you know it's legit. Unpretentious surroundings, friendly service - and to top it all off, it's open 24 hours.
When I found out that this place has bacon as part of their Korean BBQ repertoire, the only question left was how fast I could get here. And then of course, came the super-fun fact that it was also an AYCE place. The meats were fresh if a bit fatty (but then again, isn't that the point?) and the service is always pleasant, if a bit lacking in English. Baconator, eat your heart out.
Excellent, quality meats are the name of the BBQ game at Seoul House, and though there is a minimum of two orders of each kind of meat (effectively making dining for one here super expensive), it's hard to beat how succulent the ribs here are. Their gamjatang (pork bone soup) is delightfully tasty, and complements your heavy BBQ dishes nicely.
Winner of the cutest Korean restaurant award from yours truly, Piggy's serves up some of Korean BBQ's more exotic meats. The pork intestine BBQ is, to put it mildly, rather unusual (but surprisingly delicious when mixed with their special sauce), while the regular offerings like the boneless beef ribs are satisfyingly large in portion and taste.
This restaurant is tightly squeezed in between many other Korean businesses in a rather cramped section of Koreatown North, which is exacerbated by their lack of prominent English signage. Once you manage to reach this Shangri-La, however, you can enjoy their succulent and delicious galbi ribs, nicely complemented by their large selection of sizzling plate specialties like spicy chicken.
There is a certain amount of debate as to whether or not Chako is considered a real Korean BBQ place. But while its authenticity is questionable, the value that you get here is not. With a large variety of meats, spacious rooms with high ceilings (which cut down on the smoky smell your sweater will get post-meal), and a rather upscale atmosphere - not to mention a late night AYCE menu that rings in at about $15 - it would be morally indefensible for me not to give a nod to this chain.
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