Oddseoul

Toronto is a beautiful mosaic of different cultures. Most major cities seems to have a Chinatown, but I can only think of a few that can boast having a little Italy, little Portugal, little India, Koreatown, Greektown (the Danforth), little Poland (Roncey), and more recently little Tokyo (Bay and Dundas). There are also many other cultures mixed in throughout the city. The diversity of art, music, and food is one of the reasons I love this city. The other fringe benefit of having these cultures intertwined is fusion. I love fusion food! It takes the best of certain types of cuisine and mixes it with the best parts of another. One of the best examples of this is Oddseoul, started by two Korean brothers who grew up in Philadelphia. The Han brothers have managed to find that perfect blend of Korean and American flavors.

First up, Buffalo fried tofu. The warm, soft and silky tofu is encased in crunchy breading and is tossed in a light, buttery Buffalo sauce. It’s garnished with asian accents like sesame seeds, pickled radish, and scallions, and accompanied by a cool, creamy ranch sauce.

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I love Philly cheesesteaks and I love bulgogi. Oddseoul’s bulgogi cheesesteak is a winner and “must-try”. This picture probably isn’t the best but trust me when I say it’s packed with flavor. The beef is marinated in that bulgogi marinade and comes out bursting with flavors. The fried onions, American cheese, grainy mustard and mayo give it a Big Mac-like American classic flavor. The addition of Kimchi gives it a bite that rounds out the flavor bomb. All of this, on bahn mi bread. Perfection!

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O.S. Korean fried chicken wings. Now I love Korean fried chicken (the better “KFC”)! These wings come out piping hot (which in the world of deep fried food I find is one of the most important factors). I call it Korean red sauce but my Korean friend tells me it’s called gochujang. This is a slightly less spicy version than most spicy KFC incarnations in the city. If you like your spice, eat it with the garnish of jalapeños. If it’s too hot, you can cool down with the side of pickled veg. Once you move past the sauce and the crispy outer layer, you get into the juicy chicken meat. Crispy on the outside, soft and juicy on the inside. This is always a formula for success in my books. This is once of those instances where I find myself licking the plate after it’s all gone.

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Next is the smoked pork belly mandoo. Like the above, crispy on the outside with juicy, meaty pork belly on the inside. The contrast is nice with the wings above. The wings have more sauce (which is delicious) and is “heavier”. The thin wrap has a nice crunch and the fatty pork belly is literally bursting with flavor (the fat juice coming off the pork belly).

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Next are the tempura prawns. Nice breading, good crunch, and nice plump shrimp. The creamy spicy mayo is excellent. There are a lot of places that serve this dish though. I would say this is above average but if you can only order a limited number of fried items, I would go with the wings or the dumplings above.

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One of the “must-try” dishes is the “Loosey”. It’s basically a burger served on slices of white bread. This simplification does not give it justice. First off, the beef. High quality, perfectly seared to lock in the flavor, juicy and perfectly seasoned. The cheese, shredded lettuce, ketchup and mayo (again reminding me of Big Mac sauce) are burger classics and all of this is sandwiched between two slices of white bread, speckled with sesame seeds, buttered and lightly toasted. This may be one of my favorite burgers in the city.

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They serve large dishes meant for sharing. Pork neck or chicken saams, kimchi and pork belly rice bowls. On this particular night we ordered beef short rib wraps. The beef is cooked to a perfect medium rare, the crunch of fried onions and fresh scallions add texture and a hint of coolness that cuts through the richness. The sauce is also rich and tasty without taking away from the flavor of the beef.

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The special of the night was a glass noodle dish cooked in soy and seasoned with more spices that my palate could differentiate. It was delicious! I thought it would be a little salty but this isn’t the case at all. Like all the dishes at Oddseoul its perfectly balanced, packed with flavor and fun to share.

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Aside from the food, this is a fun spot hang out and have a few drinks. The house cocktails are creative and delicious. Some are pretty potent too. They also have a great selection of tall boys for great prices. On the weekends, the narrow room is packed with patrons, the drinks are flowing, the music is blaring, and the kitchen is pumping out so wicked awesome food.

Oddseoul

90 Ossington Ave.

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~ by jlowjlow on April 2, 2017.

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