A Taste of Korea
Friday November 30 2012
We decided to eat here spontaneously on a Friday night, we hadn’t made a reservation in advance but called at 6:30pm and got lucky that they had room for three at 7pm. Upon arrival we were seated and waited 10 minutes or so for our menus and were then served water (no ice) by the busboy. The waitress took our orders within the first half hour and we ordered our beverages with dinner seeing as we hadn’t seen the waitress before this point.
What we ordered:
Saewoo Wanja (Korean style shrimp pancake served with a mild gonchujang sauce)
Ojingeo Gui (Grilled Squid)
We all had - Bulgogi (beef) Bibimbap
Two of us had it served with a mix of Gochujang and Wafu sauce because the waitress told us the Gochujang alone was very spicy, Korean style. Our brave friend had his with straight Gochujang.
The shrimp pancake was to die for. The consistency was soft yet structured and it had a unique flavour that was mild yet fragrant. Served with the mildly spicy Gonchujang sauce, it was perfect. The grilled squid was slightly overcooked and rubbery and was served with a sauce that was sweet. The Kimchi salad was average, nothing exceptional.
When the Bibimbap came we were somewhat disappointed seeing as previously in other venues when we’d ordered this dish it has been served in a hot stone bowl with a raw egg on top that cooked as you mixed the ingredients together. Unfortunately with these Bibimbap the cold ingredients were pilled on top of the rice and the bulgogi so the dishes were luke warm bordering cold. The taste was however spot on, a medley of flavors complementing each other perfectly letting you enjoy every bite.
The busyboy refilled our water sparingly which wasn’t ideal since we were having spicy food. Luckily, we’d ordered other beverages but hot Sake doesn’t cool the burning of spice as well as water.
Overall experience: 7/10
Price: $25/person (entrée and main dish)
2077 University, Montreal, QC H3A 2M3