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Guksu and Noodle

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Address: 7771 Yonge St, Thornhill, ON L3T 2C4
Phone: (905) 771-7777

Something different is Guksu and Noodle, specializes in Korean noodles, served in both hot and cold.  We see many ramen joints popping up across the GTA, so I was very eager to try the Korean noodles to compare and contrast with Japanese ramen.

Service was slow, due to lack of helpers.  Priorities were wrong and noticed a lack of coordination.  Tables could not be cleaned right away, so guests were served late, which could be a turn down.  Taking orders could not be done together with cashing a table out.  Everything had to be done one at a time.  So, getting someone to take my order HAD to be done after they get someone else’s bill, take the money and bring the change back to them.  I was not impressed by the service because getting the helpers’ attention was longer than anticipated.  Waiting for food to arrive was another agony.  My order took one hour to be served, even when the restaurant was just barely full.  This is something they also need to reflect on.

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The side dishes were quite astonishingly limited and small.  They only served tart kimchi and sweet pumpkin puree.  Be prepared to empty stomachs because these snacks were not enough to make the wait satisfying.  I did not want to refill much because what if I got full from eating too much side dishes and could not enjoy the main dishes?!?!

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Fruit Bimbim Guksu ($10.50) is cold wheat noodles with spicy fruit sauce topped with seasonal fruits and fresh vegetables.  I felt like I was sitting in a lush green garden while eating the noodle salad.  Fruits and vegetables comprised of radish, tomato, watercress, Korean turnip, carrot, blueberry, pineapple and apple.  Everything was so crunchy and fresh to the bite.  I loved the mixture of flavours, though distinct, yet very clean and clear.  The sauce was mild spicy and when mixed with the sweet fresh toppings, the al dente noodles came to life, offering a sweet zesty taste, which was very appetizing and enjoyable.  This was a refreshing and creative option, and the best to have it in the summer.

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Chicken Guksu ($11) is handmade wheat noodle in homemade chicken broth, topped with marinated thin sliced chicken breast and various vegetables.  This noodle soup felt so homey, very hearty.  The broth was just amazing, a simple, yet strong chicken flavour and not as oily as one would assume, nor salty.  I like how they put the hot sauce on the side instead of inside the broth, so you can try a bit of different flavours and not everything likes their noodles spicy.  The chicken breast was so tender and juicy, while the vegetables were crunchy.  The chives acted like a spice, adding new levels of flavours to the soup.  Everything tasted very organic, just so fresh and with plentiful ingredients to make you full.  Noodles were obviously homemade, as you can see the different thicknesses in the strands.  They were done just al dente, and maintained the the same texture and springiness after soaking in the broth for some length of time.  This is a must go to noodles at the restaurant!  I actually wish I was able to pack the broth home, or wish they sold the broth separately.

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Kimchi Soo Yuk ($12) is grilled pork belly with kimchi and served on top of a salad.  This was quite oily.  You can see the oil seeping out as the dish sat longer on the tabletop, quite disgusting.  Towards the end, everything was swimming in a layer of oil.  Nonetheless, it tasted decent enough.  Though, I wish the pork belly was softer and with a melt in the mouth texture.  I thought this cooked dish was a bit salty for my liking and the kimchi became salty and tart as it cooled down, which was quite weird.  The fresh bed of salad, which the pork belly was sitting on top of, end up being cooked in a slick of oil.  It was kind of disgusting after a while.  To be honest, there is improvement to their cooked entree dishes,  nothing spectacular.

I really liked the noodles, and was definitely worth the enjoyment.  At least there is something light and different, compared to ramen.  I highly recommend trying their cold noodles.  BUT, do expect the wait time to be long.

Ratings

Food 4/5
Service 3.5/5
Ambiance 3.25/5

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Wish Restaurant

Address: 3 Charles St E, Toronto, ON M4Y 1R9
Phone: (416) 935-0240
Website: http://wishintoronto.com/

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Tucked on a side street off the big intersection of Bloor Street and Yonge Street, you will find an attractive gazebo-like entrance to Wish Restaurant.  You can find a paid parking Green -P around the neighbourhood, but beware of all the condominium construction across the streets from the restaurant.  The prime location and the future opportunities look quite promising for successful business, UNTIL, a developer decides to buy the land, strip it down for new living space.  But, for now, the restaurant looks really cute with the patio and very welcoming.

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It was so cute, cozy and dreamy inside, though somewhat tight.  I love the full white atmosphere, so airy and makes me feel like I am floating in the sky, or sleeping on a cloud.  Mirrors were their accent pieces hanging on the wall to make the space look more open and wider to the eye.  You would find yourself very relaxed in the restaurant.  The owners really maximized their seating space to the max, because there were a few awkward seats, under the stairs, a three-some table on an angle facing the mirror column.  I was annoyed looking at my own reflection constantly for the couple of hours I was there.

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Apple Walnut Steel Cut Oatmeal Pancake ($15) was topped with salted butter and cider syrup on the side.  I was a little disappointed that no fruits or salad came with the pancakes.  This was a full carb breakfast diet, which was very fat.  This was just too much pancakes, 5 large pieces!  My heart kind of dropped when it arrived.  Lesson learned, always order some fruits and vegetables on the side.  It was quite dry and bland, turning soggy after some exposure.  However, I did bite into small pieces of walnut occasionally, but not finding the apple bits.  Overall, pancake was a pancake, nothing spectacular or screamed amazing.  Neither the butter nor syrup could liven up the pancake.  One last thing, I could not justify the cost of the pancakes; they were not worth it.

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2 smashed avocado on rye toast with heirloom cherry tomatoes, goat cheese and poached egg ($18) was definitely more mouthwatering.  Avocados taste good with anything!  So basically, this tasted like guacamole, with stronger cheese flavours and larger tomato pieces.  It was not as mashed or finely ground, but I liked the overall texture because there was more feel to it than the paste-like dip, causing more desire and enjoyment to the food.  The eggs were runny, though with a rubbery white.  With the runny yolk, it added more liquid and sweetness to the underlying ingredients.

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Eggs in Purgatory ($17) is baked eggs, poached soft in a stew of peppers, chilies and tomatoes, studded with scamorza cheese and grilled baguette.  This was the best brunch option of all that was ordered.  The name was attractive and matched the appearance, how things look tortured in burning fire.  The sauce was aromatic, full of sweet and tangy tomato flavours.  However, the eggs were a bit overcooked, harder than I would like it to be.  This dish of food had a bit of everything from every food group, your daily vegetables, protein, wheat, and dairy intake, hence, quite a healthy choice.  It would be a shame to not lick your dish dry and immerse all your taste buds with the sauce.

Wish gave me an airy feel and the atmosphere set up your mood to the food that is served.  There is a wide selection for everyone and the menu changes every season, while having a couple of stapled items.  Remember to reserve your tables for brunch, otherwise, you will regret it because I know I could sit there for hours and chat.

Ratings

Food 3.75/5
Service 3.5/5
Ambiance 4/5

Wish Toronto Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato