Hi! There Korean Restaurant
599 Bloor Street West
Price for 2: $25 (2 dolsot bibimbaps)
Other: Cash only
Hi! There is the first restaurant stop on my attempt to systematically visit all the Korean restaurants in Koreatown– and I’d say it was a good start!
The restaurant itself is tiny and cash-only. The menu is huge, with stews, stir fries, fried rice, and of course regular and hot stone bibimbap (the latter $8.99 with a variety of toppings including shrimp, squid, bulgogi beef, chicken, veggies, and kimchi & cheese).
Upon arrival, our server gave us a friendly greeting (can you guess what it was?) and brought everything with a smile and a quick explanation of what things were.
The bibimbap came with a delicious assortment of veggies (the mushrooms were particularly good) and shaved bulgogi beef (not ground beef, a pet peeve of mine). The bowl was sizzling although I didn’t get the best crust on my rice.
The banchan was quite good and generously portioned- kimchi, pickled cucumber and radish, salted bean sprouts, potatoes in sweet sauce, and what looked like cold jap chae. If I could have 6 things of pickled radish I would. But I’m not complaining.
They also served miso soup that was very heavy on the miso, so quite salty.
Overall, Hi! There satisfied my bibimbap craving at an affordable price. I felt quite smug when I walked by Ka Chi (Korean food for white people, just a few stores away) and saw the same menu item for $13.95.