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Yeon serves elevated Korean set menus inspired by the traditions of Jeonju, a city in Korea near Seoul.

Two multi-course Korean court cuisine menus are priced at $35 and $98 per person.

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The former centres around upscale Jeonju-style bibimbap, and the latter is more of a series of small plates.

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Both menus begin with a welcoming dish of dehydrated veg and fruit. Ours includes lotus root, fig, sweet potato, thick salty sheets of seaweed, and most interestingly, jujubes (a sweet date-like fruit).

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Daeha Naengchae is apparently a take on "a major royal court dish." Slices of scallop, octopus, Korean pear and persimmon are stacked on top of each other, topped with a large prawn and dressed with a pine nut citrus sauce. 

The combination of ingredients feels unlikely but works pretty well, almost like an artsy surf and turf.

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Gu Jeol Pan translates roughly to "platter of nine delicacies," a popular royal court appetizer.

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Tiny piles of impeccably sliced beef, shiitake, zucchini, cucumber, carrot, egg white and egg yolk are meant to be wrapped up in chewy little crepes and dipped in a mustard vinegar sauce.

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A Modeum Jeon course is also part of both menus, a chef's selection of pan-fried items. Today's are a crunchy, mild lotus root, a lovely shrimp with chive, a very fishy oyster and a spicy chive salad.

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Tang Pyeong Chae feels similar to japchae with beef and veggies, but with chunkier noodles made of mung bean jelly. A mustard vinegar dressing for this course is a little more citrus-y than the one served with the crepes.

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Junbok Jim sees simmered abalone presented in its shell with barley, mushroom and raw ginger root, plus funky black garlic on the side.

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Galbi Gui is a standout, so pace your eating before this point. Grilled beef short rib with a pear marinade is tender and flavourful, presented minimally with single pieces of oyster mushroom and asparagus.

yeon torontoBibimbap directly follows the Modeum Jeon on the $35 menu. Jeonju-style presentation dictates the way the dish is deconstructed into a bowl of seventeen ingredients, rice, egg, bulgogi, chili paste, soup and pickled side dishes, diners intended to mix everything together.

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A special Goongjoong Sinseollo dish for two is available only on Fridays and Saturdays in limited quantities for a $58 upcharge.

Yeon Toronto

Ingredients like pan-fried abalone, beef, fish, shrimp, veggies, shiitake and meatballs are arranged symmetrically so two people can share.

Yeon Toronto

Both menus finish off with Korean tea and refreshments. A rotating tea such as omija berry is paired with rice cakes stuffed with red bean paste, shortbread with honey, a persimmon walnut roll, and jujube and ginger jelly bites.

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Wine, beer, Korean liquor and a range of traditional hot and cold beverages are available to pair with your meal.

Yeon's 32-seat space is compact but sophisticated thanks to dim lighting and a heavy colour palette.

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Photos by

Hector Vasquez


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