I've written a bit about my first visit to this tiny Korean place in the retail level of the new Tarjan Point condos (downtown west end, at 10th St and 6th Ave SW- Matsarang is on the 10 St side, south of 6th); I had a bulgogii-dakgogi combo and was very impressed at the value and the deliciousness... Today I went for lunch and had the bibimbap, and I am writing to confirm that this place is an absolute gem.
Bibimbap is a bowl of rice topped with various veggies, sometimes with beef (Matsarang's is, with shreds of the same absolutely delicious beef that is their bulgogi, not just unseasoned ground beef as you sometimes get with bibimbap), and topped with a fried egg. You squirt some korean chili condiment (it's mild) on top and nosh away. Matsarang give you four ramekins of side dishes- a very small cup of soup- first time it was a kind of thin rice porridge with potatoes, very nice, but today was a beef broth with a few shards of green onion and a tiny smattering of cubed potato- didn't look like much but MAN it was delicious, rich loud flavour and a bit spicy- I could have eated a big bowl of this stuff. Then comes the main dish, a generous bowl of bibimbap, featuring the aforementioned bulgogi beef, fried egg and in the bowl are various veggies including what appear to be the spinach-like "mountain vegetable" that I've had at Soba Ten- not just the western stuff (carrot, broc) you sometimes see in the bowl. Namul- the little side dishes of kimchee and other goodies- are also on offer, and you get three dishes at Matsarang ($1.50 for seconds)- today it was a serviceable kimchee, savoury bean spouts w/ green onion, and a little something special- the third ramekin had both a toonie-sized piece of omelet and two of stunning, custardy green onion pancake.
All this for $9.95- great quality, fast service, lovely people, large portion... Only complaint is that the place is minuscule but I doubt there would be a problem finding a seat on a saturday (closed sunday). Weekday lunch is as I have found a little too crownded. They're open for dinner M-Sat when prices are a couple of bucks higher but with more sides too.
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