Showing posts with label Momofuku. Show all posts
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Brunch culture is very popular in Toronto, where people are willing to line up for hours just for pancakes, or eggs benedict. So, it's no surprise that several restaurants in Toronto offer brunch menus on the weekends. We had the pleasure of attending a private tasting at Momofuku Daishō for the launch of their new Spring/Summer brunch menu. The new brunch menu features several take on brunch classics, but they have put their own spin on it as well. Chef Paula Navarrete helms the kitchen with her team, and they have created a variety of exciting brunch options like the Everything Bun, Buckwheat Pancakes, and Niagara Ham.


 Located on the corner of University & Richmond lies the three-story Momofuku Toronto complex. Momofuku Daishō is located on the top floor that overlooks the busy University Street. The interior was quite nice with floor-to-ceiling windows allowing natural light to seep through. I love the clean space, and the lighting allows people to capture good Instagram photos.

Please enjoy the pictures from our brunch at Momofuku Daishō.

** Pictures by Brian Lai. Visit his Instagram to check out his feed ** 


 English Muffins ($5)


Lemon Meringue Pie ($5)


Mimosa (4.0 oz) ($12) - orange, sparkling


 Everything Bun ($9) - smoked white fish, capers, dill 


Pork Sausage ($18) - grits, frisee, poached egg 


    Potatoes + Onions ($7)


The amazing brunch spread from Sunday Brunch at Momofuku Daishō. Food kept on flowing out!


The new brunch menu offers an array of sweet and savory dishes. You can also complement your meal with a glass of refreshing mimosa. Sunday Brunch is available every Sunday morning at Momofuku Daishō from 11 am to 2 pm.

** Pictures by Brian Lai. Visit his Instagram to check out his feed ** 


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Disclaimer: The food provided in this post was complimentary. However, all of the opinions expressed in this review are of my own.

Brunch at Momofuku Daishō

by on Saturday, May 13, 2017
Brunch culture is very popular in Toronto, where people are willing to line up for hours just for pancakes, or eggs benedict. So, it's ...
Earlier last month, Shake Shack collaborated with Momofuku Daisho to bring their burgers and fries to Toronto for an one-day pop-up. The event took place on Wednesday, January 18th from 12:30 PM to 6:30 PM.. Torontonians had the opportunity to try their signature burger, ShakeBurgers along with some crinkle fries. I don't think Shake Shack will be coming to Toronto permanently anytime soon, but one can hope. 


This was my fourth time eating Shake Shack, as I have had it in NYC, London (UK), and Tokyo, Japan before. 

"We pride ourselves on sourcing incredible ingredients from like-minded ranchers, farmers, bakers and food purveyors. Our burgers are made with 100% all-natural Angus beef—vegetarian fed, humanely raised and source verified. The Chick’n Shack™ is 100% all-natural cage-free chicken. Our flat-top dogs? 100% all-natural Vienna beef. Our fries are crinkle cut Yukon potatoes, with zero artificial ingredients. And our vanilla and chocolate frozen custard recipes use only real sugar, no corn syrup and milk from dairy farmers who pledge not to use artificial growth hormones." (source: ShakeShack)

Many thanks to Grace of FoodintheCity for inviting me to the media preview. There, we were treated to all of the items on the menu. Check out her recap here. 


Shake Burger ($6.39) - cheeseburger topped with lettuce, tomato and Shack Sauce


Crinkle Cut Fries ($2.99) - Shake Shack's classic crinkle cut potato fries 


Norman Hardie Cabernet Franc ($8) - aromas of dark berry and a lingering finish 



Disclaimer: The food provided in this post was complimentary. However, all of the opinions expressed in this review are of my own.

It has been quite a while since my last visit to Momofuku Noodle Bar, which you can read about it here. However, I was craving for some pork buns and decided to drag my bf along (who has never tried the place). We arrived around 7 pm on a Saturday, and all of the communal tables were taken. Our server informed us that there were two seats available at the bar where customers overlook the kitchen area; which we took as we were pretty hungry.



The menu hasn't really changed much since my last visit, but there were a few new items on the menu. He opted for their signature ramen which was the Momofuku ramen ($15) while I got myself the smoked chicken ramen. The smoked chicken ramen ($14) was decent as its broth was light and there was a lot of menma in the ramen which added some flavor to the dish. However, I was underwhelmed by the lack of noodles. For its price tag, the ramen was not very filling at all if it's just a stand-alone order. Thankfully, I had also ordered two buns dishes on the side which filled me up quite nicely.


  The highlight of the night was definitely the pork buns. The order of pork buns ($10) came in two and dressed in hoisin, scallion and cucumber. The pork buns were delicious and both pieces of pork were juicy and tender as the last time that I ordered them.


While the pork buns remained to be a popular item on the menu; hardly anyone really mentions their chicken buns ($9). Each steamed bun contains a piece of crispy fried chicken topped with bacon, pickled onion aioli, and iceberg. I loved the crispy texture of the chicken skins, and it's a melt in your mouth feeling when you bite it with the soft white buns. 

Address: 190 University Avenue (Ground Floor), Toronto, ON M5H 0A3

Momofuku Noodle Bar [revisited]

by on Friday, February 21, 2014
It has been quite a while since my last visit to Momofuku Noodle Bar, which you can read about it here . However, I was craving for some p...

The opening of the Momofuku Milk Bar was very much hyped this summer. It's a popular bakery spot in New York City, and the baked goods are now available for consumptions in Toronto. I finally got a chance to stop by to get their infamous "crack pie" and cookies this week, and I am completely sold on it.


Rather than a full-on bakery, the baked goods are stored in a refrigerated 12.5 x 6 foot cube on the second floor of the Momofuku building. Inside you will find a small selection of their best sellers from NYC which include cookies (blueberry & cream, compost cookie,
corn, and cornflake marshmallow), crack pie (slice or whole) and b-day truffles. Additionally, there are also baking mixes, cookbooks, pins and t shirts available for purchases as well.


There are various pink and metal bins that carry prepackaged crack pie and cookies on
the left side of the cube (when walking in) and merchandises are on the right.


After looking around, I decided to get the corn cookie ($2.00), compost cookie ($2.00) and a slice of crack pie ($6.00). If you love the crack pie, then there's an 10-inch crack pie for $48.00. 

 

The two cookies have chewy and soft textures which I really liked. 

The corn cookie contains sugar, butter, unbleached wheat flour, corn flour, corn powder, and eggs. 

The compost cookie contains a mixture of various ingredients including butter, unbleached wheat flour, sugar, brown sugar, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, graham crumbs, potato chips, eggs, milk powder, cream, and coffee grounds ... hence its appropriately titled name. 

 

Looking at the package, the main ingredients used to make the crack pies are butter, sugar, brown sugar, cream, egg yolks, oat and wheat flour. So based on the ingredients only, I knew that it'd be really sweet which I didn't mind as I have a huge sweet tooth.

 The sweet and buttery confection that is the "crack pie" was everything that I had hoped for and more. The pastry itself was chilled, sweet, and had a nice gooey texture that I enjoyed. The toasted crust provided a nice crunch which went well with the soft filling.

RATINGS:

Quality of Food: 4.4/5
Service: N/A
Overall Dining Experience: N/A
Price: $$$ || Online Menu

Address: 190 University Ave (second floor), Toronto, ON, M5H 0A3

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Momofuku Milk Bar

by on Thursday, September 12, 2013
The opening of the Momofuku Milk Bar was very much hyped this summer. It's a popular bakery spot in New York City, and the ba...
It has been more than a few months since David Chang brought his Momofuku brand to Toronto. I have always wanted to try the place out since it opened but there were other restaurants on my list that I wanted to eat first. About 2 weeks ago, I finally rounded some friends and we decided to have dinner at Momofuku Noodle Bar. 


The Momofuku building is adjacent to the Shangri-La Hotel and the Momofuku Noodle Bar is on the ground floor of the three-story complex. We all arrived at exactly 5:00 pm which was when they opened up for dinner, so the wait wasn't too long at all. Although, the seating wasn't too comfortable as they only have communal wooden tables with racks underneath for jackets/small bags (coat check is also available).


The menu was basically one page so the choices of food items were a little limited. There were only a few ramen options and the most staple items on the menu would be their Momofuku ramen ($15.00). Unfortunately, I wasn't feeling ramen that night so I didn't order it. However, one of my friends who did ordered it thought that it was decent, but that she had much better and cheaper ramen at other places.


One of the most recommended items on the menu would be their pork buns with scallion, cucumber, hoisin sauce, and wrapped in a white bun. The pork buns (2 for $10) did live up to the hype for me, and was definitely a personal favorite of mine. The bun was both chewy and soft. Additionally, the pork was savory, tender and basically melted in my mouth. 


Rice cakes are definitely one of my favorite Asian appetizers so I was very pleased that they offered it on the menu. The roasted rice cakes ($11.00) were cut into small pieces and topped with sesame and garnish. I enjoyed the chewy and crispiness of the rice cakes. Although, the portion was incredibly small for its price.


One of the guys ordered the cauliflower ($7.00) which I also did not try. 


For my main dish, I ordered the chilled spicy noodles ($14.00). The dish consists of cold noodles, sichuan sausage, black bean, and topped with cashews. I was a little underwhelmed with my meal as it was more salty than spicy.


Another friend ordered the hanger steak ($18.00). I tried a piece of the steak and thought that the steak was very tender. He enjoyed his meal though.

Overall, I found that the hype surrounding Momofuku Noodle Bar was pretty overrated. The food was pretty decent, but not super memorable. Momofuku Noodle Bar is however a great place to have a casual meal with friends over some shared dishes and sake. I found the service to be very prompt and the staff was friendly. I'd come back here; mainly for the pork buns.


RATINGS:

Quality of Food: 3.5/5
Service: 4/5
Overall Dining Experience: 4/5
Price: $$

Address: 190 University Avenue (Ground Floor), Toronto, ON M5H 0A3

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Momofuku Noodle Bar

by on Friday, March 15, 2013
It has been more than a few months since David Chang brought his Momofuku brand to Toronto. I have always wanted to try the place out since...