Little Piggy's is a Korean BBQ place in the Annex. It's their second location in Toronto - the original is at Yonge and Steeles .
Inside, the restaurant doesn't stray far from the style of the area: long, large and graciously accommodating for big groups.
This is appropriate because Korean BBQ dishes are first and foremost meant to be shared. A hot plate is placed in the middle of the table and a system hidden in the table sends heat up through a special pad and gets a circular grilling plate ready for cooking.
We try the boneless beef rib and the pork belly table cooking options. At $57.90 for a meal for two, the beef is much pricier than the pork belly for $35.90, and unless you really like beef that much better, there's no remarkable difference.
Lettuce wraps have blown up, but some restaurants have taken away the complicated fun of doing everything yourself but bringing the food to the table. If needed, though, signs and attentive staff are very helpful, and will even assist in scissoring your pork into manageable chunks.
A ton of sides come with your meal. Along with the classic sour and spicy kimchi, they serve jalapenos and an awesome potato salad you might expect to find at a family BBQ rather than a Korean one.
We also try the UFO fried rice, named for the mound of rice that hovers in the centre of a saucer of steamed egg ($12.95).
Little Piggy's serves lunch specials from 11 until 4, including a silky, spicy soft tofu stew for $7.95.
They also have drinks on special every day, like a non-alcoholic grapefruit soju that's knocked from $7.95 to $5.95 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Tuesdays. If a soju bomb is more your thing, come in Thursday through Saturday for one that's just $4, down from $7.
If you don't have time to BBQ your own Korean, Little Piggy's also puts together a "Bob-To-Go" option for $6.99, a traditional Korean warm rice mixed bowl. Choose your protein, toppings, and decide between teriyaki, spicy red chilli, or hot mayo dressing, and be on your way.
Photos by Hector Vasquez