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Korean Garden – McPhillips Street

Korean Garden is my second takeout only review. I am fan of both Korean restaurant and Sushi restaurants. Like many Korean restaurants Korean Garden combines both of these cuisines.

Korean Garden sushi board
My selection of sushi from Korean Garden.

Bulgoggi and Salad

Both my meals here were of the delivery variety. In the coming weeks I hope to review a couple of places where I’ve taken delivery from and used for pickup. The first time I ordered Bulgoggi and a seaweed salad.

Bulgoggi
Bulgoggi served with Noodles.

My first time ordering from Korean Garden was a bit of an adventure. I ordered on Wednesday, in advance of our noon-hour Eucharist: (pre-code red). The plan was to have the food arrive by 1:15. In the end the order didn’t arrive until 2:52 pm. This was a DoorDash order.

When I got my food, I opened the package and wasn’t quite sure what to make of it. I thought for a moment I had some odd sort of french fries. It turns out that they are a really thick noodle. They almost have the texture of a dumpling. I also enjoy the fact that they are shorter. This makes them a lot easier to manipulate with chopsticks.

Seaweed Salad.
The seaweed salad

The seaweed salad is also quite nice, but I felt it to be a little small as far as a portion size goes. On the whole this makes for a good, but not great meal.

Korean Garden: Sushi and Soup

The second time I ordered, I used the ASAP option. This time around, the order arrived within five minutes of the recorded time.

I went for a full meal this time. There were three different rolls, Udon soup, a Sunomono Salad, and Squid Ika.

Udon Soup
The size of the bowl makes the portion seem much smaller than it actually is.

Looking at the picture above, you may think that there isn’t a lot of soup. However, the bowl is a small serving bowl. The soup came in two containers. One containing the broth and the order the soup solids. The serving size itself would make for a reasonable meal for one, or as a decent portion to be shared between two.

Korean Garden sushi board
My selection of sushi from Korean Garden.

The sushi and Ika come together on one tray. The Ika is the two white pieces that you see on the top left. As far as the rolls are concerned it is a bit of a mixed bag. The salmon was reasonably fresh. I found the kimchi roll to be quite flavourful, but the kimchi lacked any real spicy kick. The Real California roll is pretty good.

The Squid Ika is pretty fresh and just the right amount of chew to it. One thing I appreciate is that the wasabi paste has plenty of kick to it. The sort that will open your nostrils and clean out your sinuses. On the other hand the ginger tasted a little stale.

Sunomo Salad from Korean Garden
Sunomono salad with a sharp vinegary dressing.

Sunomono Salad and Summary

The final item for my lunch was the Sunomono salad. The vinegary dressing on this one is quite prominent. The octopus is a little on the overly chewy side, but not too bad on the whole. There are other options as far as the seafood component is concerned.

On the whole I’m reasonably pleased with the meals I purchased from Korean Garden. Having said that, with the number of options in the city as far as Korean food goes, this one wouldn’t be at the top of my list.

The one other I would say, is that there is still a lot of menu to explore, so there may be hidden gems that are worth scouring for.

By Donald McKenzie

Anglican priest, and food blogger. This blog is focused on Food. It will feature reviews of places to eat books, and the odd recipe. I also write about what it means to gather together around food.