Friday, 18 January 2013
A small little place in the Parkdale area. The place was pretty packed and we were seated at the bar. The place was small and narrow so it was little room to navigate. It was also an open kitchen where the chef cooked right a the back of the place with the tiniest stove and oven I have ever seen. The servers were extremely nice and explained everything on the menu. I started off with the gin & grapefruit tonic with bombay sapphire, tonic and a slice of grapefruit.
As the server was explaining the menu, the crispy soggy calamari sounds interesting so we gave that a try. It was first fried and then toss in this peanut hot sauce - hence the soggy part. It was so tasteful, the sauce was amazing and the calamari was tender so not hard to chew. I wanted to lick the sauce clean off the plate.
The menu was pretty straightforward, only one main dish and then appetizers. The main today was the lettuce wrap with braised beef and smoke pork shoulder. On the side, came with rice, lettuce and condiments including kimchi. The portion was decent considering between the 2 of us, we couldn't finish all the meat. I have had lettuce wrap before but as part of a Chinese dish where I wrap the pieces of duck meat and veggies so it wasn't foreign to me. I like the pork shoulder more, lot more tender and more fat so it was juicy. Though it is the first time I have had it with kimchi and sticky rice. The rice was good to soak all the yummy pork juices.
It was a good dinner. Don't know how with just one main dish but we managed to take over 2 hours to eat it.
1320 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON M6K 1L4