Lims Chicken Toronto
Lims is the first ever Korean fried chicken chain, with origins in Korea reaching back to 1977.
The first Lims was established in the basement of a department store by Yu Seok-ho, who began frying chicken when studying abroad in the States. Fried chicken was initially introduced to the region during the Korean War in the 1940s and 1950s.
Confines are humble, though this is in keeping with the vibe of this neighbourhood where casual but great food is often served in a more relaxed, stripped down setting.
The original style is the best deal on a whole chicken at $27.99, essentially the only variety that isn't smothered in a sticky sauce.
The meat is relatively juicy, and the skin is more thin and crispy rather than thick and crunchy like American-style fried chicken. This style is also served with a small dish of salt and pepper that adds more flavour to the chicken.
A hot flavour ($29.99 for a whole chicken) is super saucy, and isn't to be confused with a "spicy" flavour which is apparently more hot and sweet, whereas this flavour is more straight hot and spicy.
The garlic soy variety ($29.99) is great for garlic lovers, as it's totally covered in large garlic slices that add a bold hit of flavour to a sweet and salty soy sauce.
A green onion flavour ($29.99) is probably the most unique option here, heaped with ribbons of sharply aromatic green onion. Even without eating a little of the raw onion with the chicken, a distinct green onion flavour permeates the sauce.
Pickled radish ($1) is a mandatory palate cleanser meant to be eaten in between bites of chicken, balancing out the heavy grease with acidic crunch.
A plate of fries feels a little overpriced at $5.99, but makes for a classic greasy, starchy accompaniment to a fried chicken feast that breaks up the onslaught of meat.
Maybe I'm missing something, but next time I'd pass on a side dish of coleslaw, basically just thinly shaved cabbage drizzled with mayo and ketchup mixed together.
Pitchers of beer starting at $17.99 are an economical and refreshing drink choice, though for a similar price you could opt for a bottle of soju in about a dozen varieties.
All batters and powders used to make the chicken here are imported from Korea.
You can also order half chickens, just wings or just drumsticks for lower prices, but a whole chicken and pitcher of beer for two for around $50 isn't a terrible deal. What's intriguing is whether that deal can stack up against other fried chicken places KFC and White Brick just steps away.