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Great Value Sushi North of Toronto: Toro Sushi

21 May

I‘ll admit, it’s been several months since I went to Toro Sushi in Markham, but I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while now. My boyfriend and I were craving sushi. When we asked my brother for suggestions, he mentioned that most of his previous “go-to” places north of Toronto had gone downhill. However, Toro had opened recently, and my brother had great things to say about his past visit thereĀ  – they were even treating guests to complimentary raw oysters! So my entire family packed into a car and drove off to Toro for lunch.

Like many Asian restaurants that try to do it all, Toro offers not just sushi, but also Korean food. Would its large menu pass the test?

Toro Sushi - appiesWe started with complimentary Korean banchan, which included cold glass noodles, kimchee, and bean sprouts. All were yummy. And yes, we got our complimentary oysters too – 2 per person! This place gets points for free appies!

IMAG1933My boyfriend ordered a lot of sushi, including several pieces of ngiri, which Toro served on this cute fish-shaped platter. Points for presentation!

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Authentic but Average Korean: Seoul House, Toronto

15 Jun

IMG_0084We dropped in on Seoul House (3220 Dufferin St., Toronto) for lunch, because we were in the area and needed to grab a quick meal. It was a Wednesday, just 10 minutes after the restaurant’s opening hours, but there were already patrons at a couple tables.

Our meal kicked off with miso soup and Korean banchan: kimchi (not too spicy), julienned potatoes, sauteed greens, peanuts with crunchy anchovies and sweetened (way more delicious than it sounds), and strands of tofu.

Seoul House, Toronto

The menu has both Korean and Japanese offerings, but given that the owners are Korean, we chose only Korean selections. Lunch specials include a selection of Bento boxes.The bulgogi beef was tender and delicious, served with salad, yams, glass noodles, and white rice.

Bento - with bulgogi

On the other hand, the stone pot bibimbap was disappointing. There were lots of vegetables, but so little beef – maybe a teaspoon’s worth.

Seoul House - stone bowl bibimbap

Overall, we had a reasonably priced, reasonably filling meal. However, given the large selection of ethnic restaurants in Toronto, I don’t feel compelled to come back.

Below: Noodles in soup topped with egg and seaweed.

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Info: Seoul House, 3220 Dufferin St., Toronto, ON, Canada

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