Momofuku – Daishō ★★★

Price: $200-600 for large formats

This review of Momofuku Daishō is really long overdue. I dined here a while back as a group of four and since the menu apparently changes daily, note that whatever we ordered might not be available.

Our group chose the fried chicken, which we had to tear in pieces and wrap in falafel bread with some vegetables and dipping sauce. It was filling but the chicken was kind of tough, so nothing really to rave about. To quote what one of my dining companions said about the experience, “it’s a bit like paying $50 each for some fried chicken.” The drinks were good though, pictured below is an ice tea and an alcoholic milk-sake mix.

As for the presentation, I couldn’t get over the plates they used. They look really similar to what A-OK Foods uses and identical to the plates from Odd Seoul. Definitely not what I expected when dining at an upscale establishment and in a way diminished their image a bit.

For the restaurant service, staff was friendly but pretty slow. We had asked one of them for an extra order of food and they totally forgot about it. We were left waiting for half an hour till we could flag the next person and ask again. It was rather frustrating.

Overall thoughts? Momofuku might be THE place to be during big events like Tiff for celeb spotting and having business dinners to wine and dine clients but personally, it won’t be on my favourite restaurant list anytime soon. Perhaps foodies will have better luck with the Noodle Bar on the main floor, which I hear has some yummy buns in their side dish menu.

If you are planning a visit, Momofuku is good for dinners with friends or coworkers. Main floor has enough seating for large groups, but I would double-check capacity because it gets busy in the evenings.

Location: Third floor. 190 University Avenue, Toronto, ON M5H 0A3
Telephone:  (647) 253 – 8000
Hours: Monday to Saturday – 5:30 pm to 11:00 pm and Sunday – 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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