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On/Off is a red-lit, late-night bar and restaurant in Toronto's Koreatown North that serves up East Asian dishes and a full drink list. 

The spot with a loud, hip-hop playlist and glowing red lanterns may not be ideal for a quiet dinner, but the food menu still impresses. It's also available late until around 11 p.m. or 12 a.m. to accompany drinks. 
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The typhoon shelter chicken wings (eight pieces for $13.99) are inspired by a style of cooking that originated in Hong Kong, the name referring to the fishing boat shelters that were used in tropical storms. 
on off torontoTypically made with some sort of seafood instead of chicken, the recipe calls for a signature breadcrumb coating with dried chilies, scallions, and a mix of fresh and fried garlic.

The crunchy covering is added after the wings marinate in a secret sauce overnight for more depth of flavour. 

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The shrimp cakes ($7.99) are another must-order, lightly fried and served with a spicy chili oil and soy sauce for dipping. 

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Not quite as standout as the chicken wings, the Taiwanese popcorn chicken ($9.99) is still really tasty.

First, the chicken is marinated with soy sauce, garlic and five-spice, then coated, fried, sprinkled with seasoning and served with dried Thai basil. 

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Unagi ($15.99) is also available, grilled and served on a bed of fried rice made with salted butter. A thick and sweet soy sauce lathers the eel, which comes with a soft, almost buttery texture. 

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The menu section titled "guan guan styled dishes" features tall, narrow bowls of broth. We try the one with coconut chicken ($13.99), which has a really subtle, underlying hint of coconut and lots of chicken.

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The drink list is a mix of wine, bar rail, classic Manhattans and Long Islands and more unique concoctions like the honeymoon ($15), which is a twist on a classic sangria. 

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The boozy creation consists of Moscato rose, strawberry Soju, Beefeater gin, cherry brandy, sliced apples, orange, lemon and lime. 

on off torontoBerry party ($15) is another cocktail made with baijiu, a popular Chinese liquor, blueberries, strawberries and yogurt. Both drinks are strong, yet sweet and pair nicely with the food. 

Find On/Off, which is open from 6 p.m. until 2 a.m. every day except for Monday, just south of Finch on Yonge Street. It was a Chinese restaurant before it switched into the bar it is today. 

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Fareen Karim

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