Showing posts with label Momofuku Noodle Bar. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Momofuku Noodle Bar. Show all posts
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...
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...