To combat the sullen mood created by this current cold spell and accompanying detestable, slushy snow and ice. For tonight's dinner, I decided to have something fun and uplifting at this popular Thornhill Korean restaurant - an open-fire, cook yourself Korean BBQ, paired with hopefully, an array of hot and spicy Banchan ( small side dishes ).
Of the two pages of 'Beef' offering, Rosy and I decided to order the most expensive dish on the menu - Do it yourself BBQ un-marinated 'Premium Beef Sirloin'. ( $68 for 2 )
Contrary to the menu's glowing description of this ' Prime AAA cut of Sirloin ', I found the quality to be inferior, the texture lacking in tenderness and the taste lacking in beefiness. A surprising 'miss' associated with a supposedly high end grade of beef.
The garlic, sea salt and sesame oil dipping sauce was one dimensional, heavily dominated by the sesame seed component, salty and uninspiring. The other sauce, a fermented bean curd/miso paste was also rather dull tasting.
On top, I was rather disappointed by the lack of smoky charcoal aroma and taste, usually exhibited with cooking over real charcoal in an Hibachi BBQ grill.
Fortunately, what was lacking with the entree, it was partially made up by the wonderfully seasoned and tasty array of Banchan. Though limited to only six choices, however, every one was a delight. The accompanying soup, though extremely spicy was delicious and full of umami goodness.
Service, though friendly, was hindered by tonight's packed house. The result, a rather rush and partly incomprehensible description by the lady server as to how to eat the beef, condiments and wraps properly. As well, requests for additional Banchan and sauces were ignored.
If I am to return, I will definitely choose the marinated beef ribs. Hopefully, the taste will be more complex and intense. However, with so many Korean establishments scattered in this area, I'm sure there are other outfits far superior than Piggy's?!