Nak Won

Nak Won is one of the more popular Korean restaurants on Yonge and Finch. I have been to this location about three times in the past year, and it's been busy virtually every time. One of my friends works in the area, so he and I decided to grab dinner here one night (Thursday). 

There are several reviews online that states that the service provided at Nak Won are usually minimal, poor, and rude. I do agree that the service was relatively minimal (gave us a menu, took orders, and then brought food to the table), but our waitress' attitude was pleasant. My friend and I weren't rushed to leave by the staff even after we paid our bill.


The meal started off with small dishes of complimentary bachan. One of the great things about Nak Won is that they offer a wide selection of bachan; kimchi, white radish, seaweed, glass noodles, beans, fish cakes, and bean sprouts.

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Kalbi is usually the classic staple for me; a dish that I'd have to try at least once at every Korean restaurant that I eat at. Looking through their menu, I opted for the LA Kalbi Jungsik (seasoned marinated, and BBQ beef short ribs served on a hot plate with rice) ($12.99). I thought that the dish was mediocre and that many of the pieces contained a lot of fat which I did not like at all. Instead of being savory and tender; the LA kalbi lacked major flavor.


RATINGS:

Quality of Food: 3.4/5
Service: 3.6/5
Overall Dining Experience: 3.4/5
Price: $ || Online Menu

Address: 5594 Yonge St. North York, On M2N 5S2

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Barberian’s Steakhouse


Barberian’s Steakhouse is a traditional steakhouse that opened in 1959, and has been serving the downtown core of Toronto ever since. The restaurant inhabits an old 1860's house so much of the décor inside of the establishment retained that old-fashioned feeling.  


The ambiance of Barberian’s Steakhouse was good as the place offers a cozy and warm dining experience. My companions and I were quickly seated and got a table in the middle of the room for a party of four. 


The meal started off with complimentary garlic bread with butter, and some cooked vegetables. I snacked on the garlic bread as I looked through their dinner menu. Additionally, the menu offers a good selection of steaks ranging from $40.00 to $60.00+.


For my main course, I ordered the Surf & Turf (Filet Mignon & ½ Live Lobster); the menu says "market price" so I didn't know the actual cost of the dish before ordering. It came out to be $77.60, so it was a pretty expensive meal. However, it was a very delicious one, and I enjoyably devoured my dinner.


The filet mignon was a thick piece of beef that was gently browned and seasoned with the steakhouse's signature spice. The spice that was used at Barberian’s Steakhouse really added flavor to the steak. My dish also came with a side order, which I chose fries (as I usually do). Unfortunately, I did not like the fries as it was a little dry.


The lobster portion of the meal was huge, and it had a lot of meat. The chunks of lobster were absolutely delectable, especially when dipped into the hot butter.  


My boyfriend ordered the 16 oz rib steak ($44.00) and he thought that it was delicious as well. I didn't try his plate so I can't comment on his cut of steak.


I rarely drink alcohol, but did find that the wine list was impressive. The entire wine booklet was extremely lengthy and extensive. However, I couldn't help but ordered a glass of red wine ($16.00) to drink with my meal .... unfortunately I forgot the name of the wine.


I ordered the New York style cheesecake ($9.75) for dessert. The flavor of the cheesecake was well balanced (not overly cheesy) and rich in texture.


The one stand-out thing that made my dinner at Barberian's Steakhouse memorable was the sheer professionalism of the staff. They provided exceptional service, especially our sever, Fraser, who was great. He was prompt, friendly, and attentive despite having other tables to attend throughout the restaurant. At the end of our meal; he gifted us a bottle of Barberian’s Steakhouse's signature spice which was appreciated. 


Additionally, he also gave us a quick tour of the wine room that was located downstairs of the Barberian’s Steakhouse. It was quite a sight, as the room displayed more than 1000 different wine bottles (some bottles were priced at $1000 each).

Overall, I had a great night, and would definitely recommend Barberian’s Steakhouse for dinner. This place has top notch service and the food was delicious. 


RATINGS:

Quality of Food: 4.5/5
Service: 4.7/5
Dining Experience: 4.5/5
Price: $$$$ || Online Menu

Address: 7 Elm Street, Toronto, ON M5G 1H1

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Vargas Steakhouse & Sushi

This post is long overdue but better late than never. I spent the Canada Day long weekend with some friends in Montreal, QC. Some of the landscapes in the city were really breathtaking but my main focus was on the food. I spent my last night in Montreal eating at Vargas. The restaurant was only an 8 minute walk from The Marriott Chateau Champlain (where I was staying), so it was pretty close by. I was not in the mood for a very long walk anyway :P 


Vargas is a steakhouse and sushi restaurant located in downtown Old Montreal. I was a little skeptical of the idea at first since the two were a rather odd but interesting combination. Stepping foot into the restaurant; I found the interior very spacious and well decorated with modern pieces. There was also an outdoor patio, where most of the customers that night were seated. The four of us opted for indoor seating instead.


Our waiter for the night came over to hand us the menus and brought us glasses of water. We were given a few minutes to decide on our meal for the night. I thought that our waiter was friendly, witty and helpful as he did check up on us throughout the night without being overly imposing. He evened suggested my boyfriend and I to get a dish called The Lost Paradise ($16.00). The dish is described on the Vargas' menu as a creation of "red tuna, spicy crab, avocado, tobiko, smoked salmon topped onto four pieces of salmon tempura leaf". The Lost Paradise was delicately prepared by the chef, and the ingredients that were used taste extremely fresh. The red tuna and smoked salmon were really soft in textures which contrast well with the crunchy tempura leaf. One word = delicious!!


For my main course, I ordered the 18 oz rib steak ($36.00) and had it cooked medium. The food took a few minutes to arrive, and I was pretty much starving. When it arrived, it came out piping hot, and it was huge in size. I thought that the steak was juicy, tender, but a little salty. I chose fries as my side order (as usual). Their fries were cut rather large, but it had a very crispy crunch to it, and it was soft on the inside. I actually liked their fries a lot due to its crisp.


My boyfriend ordered the Caribbean rock lobster tail ($45.00), which was an 14 oz tail with garlic butter. The lobster was pretty large, and the meat tasted so delicious with the butter. My two other friends ordered the chicken teriyaki ($17.00), and braised lamb shanks ($27.00) respectively, and the both of them appeared to have enjoyed their meals. Overall,  I had a nice dinner, and it was a great way to end my trip in Montreal.


RATINGS:

Quality of Food:4/5
Service: 4/5
Dining Experience: 4/5
Price: $$$$ || Online Menu

Address: 690 René Levesque W, Montreal, Quebec, H3B 1X8