Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Lunch at Toronto's Momofuku Noodle Bar

Table setting at Toronto's Momofuku Noodle Bar

Last week, me and a dear friend finally made our way to David Chang's infamous Momofuku Noodle Bar here in Toronto. The restaurant is located in the luxe Shangri-La hotel and condominium complex and lineups to get into this Asian eatery at dinnertime are beyond ridiculous, so we decided to try our luck with lunch. We arrived shortly after noon and, to our delight, had no issues getting a seating for two.
Momofuku Noodle Bar Toronto
Open concept kitchen and noodle bar
The interior was just as we expected, a large open concept space with rows of long tables and bench seating (if you're not a fan of potentially sitting at a table with complete strangers then this restaurant may not be the best choice for you). A free standing kitchen complete with chefs prepping and cooking entrees is definitely one of the highlights of this restaurant because you can see your meal being made right before you. Lots of stainless steel paired with rustic and minimal, wooden furniture definitely boosts the cool factor of Momofuku and it's hard not to get lost in the modern and sexy ambiance of the dining room.
Momofuku Noodle Bar Toronto
Seven Spice Sour Drink

Because this was our first time eating at the restaurant, my friend and I ordered a number of dishes and shared. We each started with a delightful, slushy sake-based drink called Seven Spice Sour. It had a subtle citrus kick and helped to cleanse our palates. Then, we moved on to an appetizer of BBQ Pigtails served with a side of pickled carrots and pickles. The pigtails were cooked perfectly and the meat was so tender-- it literally melted in our mouths. For our main dishes, we ordered a Smoky Chicken Ramen and a spicy pork ramen called Dan Dan Mein. Both ramen bowls were scrumptious and each dish contained it's own signature flavour profile. As you would guess, the Smoky Chicken Ramen had a hint of smoky flavour mixed with miso, and the Dan Dan Mein had a touch of heat paired with a savoury and sumptuous broth. We both agreed that our favourite dish was definitely the BBQ Pigtails, with the Dan Dan Mein coming in second and the Smoky Chicken Ramen in third. Overall, our meal was comfortingly delicious and I highly recommend eating here if you're a fan of Asian comfort food!
Momofuku Noodle Bar Toronto
BBQ Pigtails

Momofuku Noodle Bar Toronto
Smoky Chicken Ramen

Momofuku Noodle Bar Toronto
Dan Dan Mein

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