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.
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?!?!
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.
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.
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.