Hanwoori Korean Restaurant
I know it’s been less than a week since we had a yummy Korean-fest at Dae Bak Bon Ga on West 4th but we weren’t feeling like cooking tonight so we thought we’d try out Hanwoori Korean Restaurant. I’ve heard of it before and it’s only a stone’s throw away from one of our current favourite Korean places… Potter’s Garden.
The inside of the restaurant is actually a lot more spacious and bright than I thought it would be. Like Potter’s Garden, they have a couple of large flat screen tv’s on the wall but they had the screen split with a large ad showing in Korean so you couldn’t really see the variety show that was playing.
Our meal came with 7 generous Banchan appetizers including potatoes, broccoli with hot sauce, pickled veggies, kim chi, shredded radish, bean sprouts, and shredded cabbage.
The Haemool Pahjun (spring onion and seafood pancake) was one of the biggest that we’ve ever had and the seafood inside the pancake was very good too.
We ordered the Chicken Bulgogi but we weren’t in the mood to cook our own food today. Fortunately, if you only order one bbq item, they will cook the food for you in the kitchen. I thought it was cute how the chicken came out on a sizzling turtle-shaped hot plate.
We also ordered the Dolsot Bibimbap (doesn’t everything taste better with an egg on top?). The great thing about the hot stone bowl is that it creates a nice crispy crust to the rice on the bottom of the bowl.
Our meal also came with a light soup and a bowl of rice… the prices were a little expensive but there was definately a lot of food and the quality of the food was worth it.
Our server brought us complimentary Sikhye (sweet rice beverage with grains of cooked rice and pine nuts) at the end of the meal. This was a sweet and light way to end the meal and also helped to relieve some of the spiciness of the other food.
One of the things that we notice at all Korean restaurants is the little call bell at each table. I’m not sure if it’s because we’re Chinese, Canadian, or just the way that we were brought up… but we can never bring ourselves to use the call bell. Fortunately, the service from the waitress was good and the food came out rather quickly.
One of the first things we noticed was that they had a huge industrial-sized air conditioner at the front of the restaurant (which was nice on a hot summer day). We were glad that we weren’t seated at the table next to the air conditioner because we probably would have turned into popsicles.
Food: 4.5 / 5
Service: 4.5 / 5
5740 Imperial Street