Lim Ga Ne Restaurant – Bloor ★★★

Price: $10+

Surprised at this restaurant’s apparent anonymity as its located near Owl of Minerva and right across the famed Buk Chang Dong Soon Tofu restaurant. I had to suggest this restaurant to Urbanspoon, so for further reviews try Yelp or Google reviews. If you have trouble finding it, the outside exterior has orange signage and the interior is simply decorated with wooden furnishings. It’s a bit plain but typical of a cheap Asian restaurant, where food and affordability is the emphasis not decor.

I have been on a Korean food binge lately and came across Lim Ga Ne while in the area. Decided to come with my family because my mom wanted to try a variety of Korean dishes (she likes to cook). The first dish we received was a complimentary pancake appetizer, a nice yummy touch I appreciated. Then we had the bibimbap I usually love to order, which I sadly did not love at this restaurant. Felt it was a bit bland and missing a certain “jena se quai” – Korean style. Our third dish was hot noodles, also fine but nothing I would usually order as I typically eat that at home.

It was during this food fest that the bowls of rice my mom ordered arrived, we were given black rice aka purple/jasmine rice. For those of you who haven’t tried it, it is like sticky rice and has lots of nutrients. Black rice is something new to me as well but I would recommend trying it. 🙂

Finally we reach my last dish, the samgapsal! For about $35, you can get this combo with a complimentary stew. I chose kimchi stew because I love kimchi and thought it might taste good. I was wrong, so wrong. I would not recommend this when ordering, it tasted like kimchi and water… JUST THAT. However, the samgapsal was really good! The meat’s tender and soft, definitely filling for two or three people. Wrap up the meat with lettuce and kimchi, dip in sauce provided and let the foodie-liciousness of it take over! 😀

Service was good, my table was taking a long time to order but our server was nice enough not to show her impatience. Especially since it got noticeably busier later on.

Overall, I would definitely visit again if just for the samgapsal and rice dishes. I do suggest making reservations if you plan on dining in the evening though, I think it gets busier then.

Dress code: Casual, nice for friends and family. You will particularly enjoy it if you are familiar with the Korean language and pop culture. They only play Korean shows on their Television. No subs!! Haha.

Website: N/A
Location: 692 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON M6G 2T9
Telephone: (416) 535-0345
Hours: N/A

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Pho Hung – Bloor ★★1/2

Price: Under $15

Went with a friend to this restaurant on Bloor St. I had the vermicelli noodles with fried pork, shredded pork, spring rolls and vegetables. For a large bowl, its $11. I also had pho here and it’s not bad.

I have recently read some reviews for this place and was surprised by some of the complaints. Reviewers said they were asked to bring their own containers if they wanted to bring leftovers home or didn’t get napkins when asked, etc. That’s never happened to me before, as its expected be complimentary and standard service in a restaurant. I went here another time and my friend who ordered an egg and rice dish. She had an issue with how uncooked her egg was and I encouraged her to just ask them to recook it – which the waiter was only happy to take back and cook again.

Good for a casual lunch/dinner with friends.

Website: Not Available.
Location: 200 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON, M5S 1T8
Telephone: (416) 963-5080

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Owl of Minerva ★★★

Price: Under $15

This is a Korean restaurant chain famous for their pork bone soup. I have yet to try it but I will on my next visit. I always order my favourite dish – bibimbap and get free side dishes like kimchi and pickles. If you are not familiar with bibimbap, it is a signature Korean dish. The word literally means “mixed meal” and is served in a bowl of white rice with a fried egg, vegetables, sliced meat and gochujang (chili pepper paste). You need to stir these together thoroughly just before eating. Don’t worry about overusing the pepper paste, it usually isn’t that spicy here.

The place is kind of small but its clean. Washrooms are on the second floor and are really drafty. To keep customers entertained, they also provide two TV’s playing Korean shows and popular kpop music too.

For casual lunches and dinner with friends and family.

Website: Not Available
Location: Various locations. Review for 5324 Yonge St., North York, M2N 5P9
Telephone: (416) 221-7275

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