Hit up a new-ish place (less than a year? not sure) serving Hunan food recently and had a quite enjoyable meal. Dishes from Konner hit that “spicy, but still tasty” strata of eats, which always makes me happy. Located in a gleaming and still-empty plaza (before “The Flag” plaza going North from Finch), this isn’t too hard to pick out among the empty shops.
Menu is quite extensive (12 pages long!) and offers things like stinky tofu, hot pots, and the like. I can't say if all the menu is a hit, but two out of three dishes I had were quite good and worth repeating.
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Deep fried pepper with preserved egg and sesame oil. This is a cold dish and quite tasty… but deceptively spicy. My initial notes were “not as spicy as you’d think” and then there’s this kick at the end. Nice with a hot bowl of white rice. Didn’t think the whole bowl would be finished, but that got polished off while waiting for the next dish to arrive.
Steamed fish head (Hunan Style) with red peppers. I didn’t like this one nearly as much. Came with a bowl of noodles that went well with the broth. I just felt the fish wasn’t all that tasty/fresh. Also: not a huge fish head fan.
This is the smoked bamboo dish – and despite having 12 shots of menu – I can’t pick it out from the list (if you can, let me know what it is!!). However, you want to order this! Great crunchy texture and lovely smokey flavour from the bamboo. There’s also cured fatty pork (think bacon) and charred/caramelized onions tossed in there. All giving it a really layered flavour and of course, a healthy kick of spice from the chilies. Again, so, so, good with a bowl of hot, white, rice. As a note, I didn’t think it all that spicy when I was eating it, but left-overs the next day proved me wrong. Definitely a re-order for me.
They’re open late (to midnight on most nights, 1am on Fri/Sat) and will accept credit-cards above a certain dollar amount.
Anyone else been? Any other good dishes? I've been meaning to go back, but am not in the area very often. Plus, a bonus is going to that dessert place just south of there...!
Konner Chinese Restaurant
3250 Midland Ave #126, Toronto, ON M1V 0C7, CA