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Comma

Comma is a modern Korean fusion restaurant from the owners of Myeongdong Gyoza Kalguksu taking up residence on Queen West between Spadina and Bathurst.

Much like the name, they hope to be a resting place in the heart of downtown, offering good food and a true Korean experience.

Housed in a spot that was briefly brunch restaurant Misty, warm exposed brick walls line the long space, inviting you to sit under glowing chandeliers.

The team are focused on delivering classic Korean food in modern ways. The menu consists of unique expressions of flavour combinations across drinks and food. 

The food menu offers elevated familiar favourites ranging across noodles, rice cakes, kimchi, and meaty mains; star ingredients you'd anticipate, highlighted in modern ways. 

Japchae and Rice ($22.99) has slippery glass noodles pan-fried in soy sauce and sesame oil with peppers, onion, and wood ear mushrooms.

comma torontoThe Sweet Pumpkin Salad ($9.99) is a creamy and dense small plate to share. Japanese kabocha is covered in a mountain of sauce and nuts. 

comma torontoA must for any Korean meal, there's a red vegan kimchi ($7.50) and a non-spicy white kimchi ($7.99) to choose from to refresh your palate in between bites.  

comma torontoInstead of plain rice, try the Shiraegi Bibimbap ($7.99) which is dried, pan-fried cabbage greens and dried seaweed flakes served with a fragrant perilla oil and bibimbap sauce.

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The Spicy Garlic Fried Chicken ($28.99) is a must order for the table. It comes with seven pieces of fried chicken and potato wedges covered in a sticky red sauce that is slightly sweet. 

comma torontoA large part of the menu is dedicated to tteok-bokki, a spicy Korean rice cake dish. Totalling at nine options, there are vegan substitutions available for more than half. 

The rice cakes are done long like noodles here and the texture is akin to a gnocci. The Rosé Tteok-bokki ($24) has fish cakes, broccoli, onions, mushrooms and garlic in a house made rosé sauce.
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Bound to be a crowd favourite, the Short Rib Patties ($26.99) have two juicy patties marinated in a soy sauce mix served with grilled grapefruit and a tangy scallion salad.

comma torontoFrom the drinks menu, the Kimchi Caesar ($18) swaps out the usual hot sauce for bright red run-off kimchi juice, bacon, chopped chunks of the fermented cabbage, and a parsley garnish. The spice is milder than you'd think and very light on the tongue. 

comma torontoAn easy, sweet and sour drink is the Crème Brûlée Whiskey Sour ($17) and features a toasted top just like the dessert. 

comma torontoThe endlessly trending espresso martini beverage gets an earthy profile to it with Comma's spin.

The Black Espresso Martini ($16) uses black sesame, a commonly found ingredient in Korean cuisine, and activated charcoal for an extra dark drink. 

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Run by a mother-daughter duo, Victoria and Emily Kim tell blogTO they hope to spread "K-culture" through flavour, one dish at a time. 

Though Toronto's Korean food and culture scene is already impressively bountiful, Comma is rejuvenating this foodie strip of our city with bold creations. 
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Comma is located at 490 Queen St W.

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Fareen Karim


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