swish swish swish!
When I met up with one of my oldest friends, we really debated where to go eat. We always get Korean food - so we decided to do something different for once. However, neither of us wanted a burger...Greek food...Italian food...and our hunger pangs got so impatient that we decided to just go for the usual. But then we realized that Koreatown was just too far! We wouldn't survive! The hunger! Oh no!
a visit, long ago, to Swish with a fellow food-blogging friend. Even though I wasn't particularly impressed that night, it was the closest Korean option that I could think of so we made our way over. It would have been faster to hop onto the subway to Koreatown because we ended up getting lost in the PATH. Oh PATH...our love-hate relationship continues. Looking back, the pictures actually make me laugh - we used our Blackberries to shine light onto the food to try to help him take photos for his food blog.
We started with a soju mohito, which was actually quite pleasant. I'd like to try their other drinks. From there, we had a quick chat with the waiter, who I remembered from my last visit from his distinctive glasses, and made a couple of choices...
Verdict: Modern Korean Win
He left the bottle of gochujang (pepper paste), and we promptly added more to satisfy our Korean tastebuds. The lobster meat was tender and delicious. This brought my love for bibimbap to a whole new level. Yum! If only it wasn't twice the price as Hana Korea and Etsu...I'd add it to my regular lunch nosh.
It came with a little dish of soy sauce mixed with brown sugar, and I was pleased that he left the bottle of gochujang on the table. I squirted some onto my plate and mixed it with the soy sauce to make a spicy-sweet marinade to tip my beef and veggies. Best. Idea. Evar.
Ending with a big bowl porridge
As we finished the contents, one of the brothers came by with a bowl and giant wooden spoon. After scooping out the few vegetables left in the pot, he poured the rice and scallions into the broth and mixed it until it became a porridge. After two very flavourful items, this was a clean finish although for some spoonfuls I found myself mixing more of my soy sauce-brown sugar-pepper paste mixture with it to give it more kick.
Hm! The swish was much better than I remember. Overall, my impression of Swish has much improved - the service was quicker and the food was better. Granted, the first visit was very early in their career in Toronto and this time I had a moment to speak to one of the brothers about their history. It turns how that they're from the US and are no strangers to the restaurant business. It was quite pleasant to be served and have a chat with a key player in the business - thanks!
Verdict: Modern Korean Win