Monday, 4 February 2013

ODDSeoul

ODDSEOUL (90 Ossington Avenue, Toronto) 

Oddseoul is a newly opened restaurant on the Ossington strip by the Han brothers (Swish by Han). The late night eatery, open until 2am is inspired by the Han brothers upbringing in Philadelphia featuring an array of Korean "snacks".  The decision to come here was last minute, thus I sadly did not have my camera (sorry for the phone photos but they are not too bad!). The interior is dimly lit, outfitted with a wood aesthetic and communal tables. It is extremely casual and a place you could find yourself drinking and grazing for the evening (which we did for about 4.5 hours). Overall a fun night with delicious Korean comfort food .. I will be back to try the squash poutine and pork belly kimchee fried rice!

** We had 3 orders of the Tempura Prawns (4 per order). SADLY my phone died and we could not capture these delicious beauties. The prawns were perfectly cooked with a robust crunch/snap to the actual prawn, very juicy and breaded in a wonderfully saucy concoction (possibly mayo/hot sauce related). I have to admit, I am a sucker for fried shrimp and these were done very well.


What we had this evening:

To drink:
Soju (featured below) as well as the Reverend Palmer cocktail (my personal favourite) and the Lady Boy.





The "Loosey"
Easily the favourite of the night. A juicy, smashed griddled short rib/brisket patty adorned with american cheese, kimchee hollindaise, pickles and buttery challah bread. The texture of the beef was crumbly, incredibly juicy and well seasoned. I could not help but have two orders. Who would not like a korean inspired big mac??




O.S. Wings
Korean fried chicken executed well. On my boyfriends recommendation we went with "half sauce" and they were still incredibly saucy even with that request! The chicken was perfectly crispy on the outside with juicy chicken meat on the inside, again with those familiar Korean flavours dominating.


 


Pork Bun
A saucy, juicy rendition of a pork bun and it reminds me so much of the Korean flavours I grew up with (particularily Daeji Goji). I found the ratio of the pork to steamed bun off, as the filling is incredibly saucy & rich and the bun cannot stand up to it. Not my favourite in the city; nonetheless it was tasty.


                                

Mackerel
Reminiscent of the classic Korean style mackerel growing up, they fire torch this rendition at your table. Well cooked and seasoned with a nice smokey flavour but my only wish was that the temperature was warmer (although this is how it is meant to be served). 

 

Yakitori & Lamb Skewer 
Yakitori (bottom) and the Lamb (on top) both skewers of meat came with an assortment of sauces and bibb lettuce to wrap. The yakitori was extremely succulent and flavourful, while the lamb had great flavour but it was a bit chewy.



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