I have been obsessed with Momofuku since I went for the first time about a month ago. Since then I’ve gone about 3 times and a 4th time just to raid the Milk Bar (another post on that coming). Each time I’ve gone, I’ve recieved consistently friendly and speedy service and delicious food!
(This review is based on my first time there, nearly a month ago (during TIFF, actually!))
The menu changes on a daily basis, so this was the menu when we went.
Are you drooling yet? I went with one of my good friends + fellow foodie, so we were both super excited to finally try this menu. There has been a lot of hype about this place because the original one in New York is insanely popular. When the Toronto one opened up (it’s attached to the Shangri-La), there was lineups out the door. And after eating here, I can see why!
The first floor is the “Noodle Bar” and is set up like a cafeteria with a very casual atmosphere, usually full of conversation and laughter. Although it’s a fancy schmancy restaurant, it’s a place for anyone. You can come in wearing shorts and a t-shirt and still feel right at home. Staff was friendly and speedy as well.
Now, on to the food!
We decided to get an item from each section of the menu.
From the snacks: pork buns! We’ve heard a lot about these pork buns! At $10 an order, we thought damn… theybetterbegood! And they did not disappoint! The star was the insanely tender pork (2 slices!) with just the right amount of fat. It was juicy, flavourful and ohhh so moist. This dish was surprisingly melt-in-your-mouth delish (and gone too soon. I wish they served them in 3’s – it would make for a fantastic lunch portion). HIGHLY recommended.
From the noodles: crispy noodle! We weren’t sure what to expect, but were pleasantly surprised to be served this beautiful and incredibly fragrant dish. My taste buds had a party with this one! The chili-marinated shrimp were huge and cooked perfectly. The noodles and the herbs and spices were honestly magic. I was also a fan of the crispy texture of the noodles, mixed with some softer bits. I can’t choose a favourite because I really liked all of these dishes, but… this dish is what I’ve been hoping to order every other time I’ve been back and sadly hasn’t been on the menu whenever I was there (whomp whomp).
From etc: smoked chicken wings! We were happy to see that it was a pretty healthy serving of wings (after seeing only two pork buns, you know?) These wings, like the other 2 dishes we’ve tasted, were bursting with flavour. Even more awesome? They were super tender and fall-off-the-bone. But as much as I liked these, I don’t think I’d be ordering them again simply because there are many other things on the menu I’d like to try that I haven’t had before.
Lastly, from the side: okonomiyaki! For $7, we were expecting a smaller dish. We were pleasantly surprised to see that it was the perfect serving for two people sharing. (If I was alone, I would have gladly scarfed this down by myself.) I hadn’t had okonomiyaki in a really long time and this made me want to eat it everyday. The flavours, again, were amazing! The texture of the actual “pancake” was soft and moist and the toppings were perfect. (Sidebar: does anyone know where I can get okonomiyaki?? When you choose the toppings and they cook it in front of you? Thanks in advance)
Like I said in the beginning of this post, I have become obsessed with this place, so I would obviously recommend it. (With the exception of the Ramen, which I tried on one of my visits. It was good, but nothing special although it looked beautiful.) A lot of people say they think it’s too expensive, but I think it depends on what you order and if you appreciate truly flavourful dishes. Say, if you can’t tell the difference between these chicken wings and regular honey garlic wings from a bar, then yes it would be a waste of money for you.
I am looking forward to trying more of this menu! If you’ve gone before, let me know what you like and I will order it next time :) If you’ve yet to try, which of these dishes do you find most appealing? Let me know if you have any questions in the comments!
All photos on this post have been taken with the HTC ONE. (Not bad, eh?)