As I was in the area for some client work at Yonge and Finch, I decided to check out the neighbourhood dining scene. After doing a bit of research online, I settled on Nak Won Korean restaurant (5594 Yonge Street). There were a number of positive reviews of it, and since I had nothing to lose, and a lunch hour to spare, I headed there in search of some great Korean fast-food.
The atmosphere of the restaurant was not too bad at all. It was traditional and had a lot of unstained wooden booths. I ordered from the lunch special menu and had the Took Baeki Bulgoki – seasoned marinated sirloin beef in a hot stone bowl served with rice. At $7.99, how could you go wrong?
When I placed my order, a symphony of little appetizers was placed in front of me, typical dishes that I generally get at Korean restaurants. I particularly enjoyed the glass noodles and my favourite ‘beans’, though I never knew the name of them. They are a bit sweet and I am hoping someone can tell me their official names (foreground of Apps 2 photo). In total, I received 9 mini appetizers.
Then came the main course. It was a steaming bowl of beef that was so massive, I could only eat ¾ of it before I waved my white flag in defeat. And I can usually eat a lot. So that is saying something. The sauce was nice and sweet, the meat was thinly sliced and overcooked as usual, but that is just how the dish is usually served in my experience. It was satisfying, but not great food. I basically cannot complain for a feast at the price of $7.99 + tax/tip and would happily go again if I were in the neigbourhood. Would I make a special trip out there? Probably not, but I would recommend it if you were hungry, and short on cash and looking for some good, basic Korean food to fill the void. Dinner prices are only $1 more than lunch.
I would like to know if anyone has any favourite Korean restaurants in that area that they could recommend. TIA.
Cheers and Happy Eating!