Little Korea is another in my list of recent revisit posts. It’s a good 6.5 years since I last visited. I decided to stop by recently for an early evening meal.
The restaurant wasn’t very busy when I arrived, and I had no trouble getting a table. They weren’t overly busy the whole time I was there, but there were three or four tables filled at all times.
I wanted an appetizer to start the meal. I was a little undecided between the dumplings and the spring rolls. In the end I chose the spring rolls, because I thought they would be a little lighter than the dumplings. I was quite happy I did. The spring rolls were good and crispy with plenty of vegetable filling.
For my main dish, I chose the Beef Bulgogi with Noodles. I was quite impressed with how tender the beef was. It is melt in your mouth tender. The dish was reasonably spicy, but certainly not challengingly so.
The main dish comes with three sides: Sprouts, Kimchi, and Potatoes. You can get one refill of your sides with your order. However, the sides weren’t any better than they were when I visited several years ago, so I stuck with the one order.
On the whole I would say there is some improvement over the intervening years. Given the rising cost of food, the prices are quite reasonable. The service was very good. On the whole, not my top choice for Korean food, but worth the occasional visit.
Little Korea is a new restaurant in an old location on Ellice Avenue. The building was formerly home to Choice Sushi. While Choice Sushi features a number of Korean Dishes in addition to the Sushi, Little Korea doesn’t offer any sushi on its menu. Instead it sticks to other, traditional Korean cuisine. Choice Sushi also ran a lot of specials on it’s sushi making it a bit of a bargain dining option. While not particularly expensive Little Korea doesn’t yet seem to be offering any such specials.
Little Korea at Lunchtime
I made my first visit to the restaurant along with Rev Tanis Kolisnyk. Tanis is deacon at St. Philip’s. Summer was over and it was time to get caught up and do some planning for the fall and early winter. We arrived just before the noon hour, and so the place was pretty much empty.
We were greeted by our server and shown to a table by the window which allowed us to enjoy the sun while we dined. Service was efficient and friendly while at the same time allowing us to converse without unnecessary interruption. Tanis went for the Seafood Noodle Soup, while I opted for the Dolsot Bibimbap(Bibimbob on their menu). Tanis really enjoyed the soup and found the seafood to be fresh and well prepared. As for the Bibimbap, I thought it was pretty good, but not the best I’ve had. My Bibimbap did come with a little bowl of Miso Soup. I enjoyed the soup and liked the fact that there were lots of little tofu bits in my serving.
My second time to Little Korea, I decided to go with the Beef Bulgogi. The beef was quite tender and the sauce was reasonably spicy. The sauce was also very tasty. I’m glad they gave me a spoon along with my chopsticks. This saved me the embarrassment of licking the sauce off my plate in the middle of the restaurant. I received the same side dishes that we had on my first visit. they are the one, slight letdown. None of the three have any stand out flavour.
While I miss the opportunity for bargain sushi meals, I’ll be happy to pop into Little Korea as the opportunity presents.