Miga BBQ, Toronto

Toronto is not low on Korean restaurants. But Miga, Little Korea’s latest outpost, is geared toward a more diverse demographic, not that the new Toronto restaurant is exorbitantly priced; it’s just more lavish, more inviting and, well, just more fun.

If a restaurant could impress by size alone, Miga , boasting 8400 square feet that span two floors (private rooms and Karaoke on the lower level), would definitely inspire accolades – especially given the times. Still, to state the obvious, if all a restaurant has to offer is its size then longevity is impossible.

Having said that, Miga does have quite a lot to give. Catering both to large parties and to those who yearn for some seclusion, the Korea-town restaurant is outfitted with private booth seating and expansive family-oriented tables. Being predominantly a Korean barbecue, each table comes equipped with a steal pit and grill in order for the waiter to cook tableside.

But function does not supersede form here. Rather, Miga’s space is carefully considered – a coolly modern environment juxtaposed with traditional Asian accents. Black marble tables contrast to walnut stained oak paneling; a warm hearth underscores bleached out marble flooring; and Asian accent pieces and greenery provide a little clemency in a space that could easily fall into sterility.

As for the menu, Miga’s roster pretty much runs the gamut of Korean eats, specializing in hot stone pots and of course barbecue. That said; the barbecue card does have a few surprises, including beef tongue, duck breast and the house specialty, short ribs marinated in soy sauce, apples, lemon, wine and a secret spice blend.

For now, the private karaoke rooms in the basement only have a limited selection of libations, but the Korean Hite beer is a must according to general manager, Raymond Seo . That said, in the coming months mixology will enter Miga since the restaurant plans to hire a bartender shortly. Watch out: I heard drinking soju mojitos is a surefire way to make you belt out Neil Diamond tracks like there’s no tomorrow. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

584 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON
Mon. – Thu. 11:30am – 10:30pm, Fri. – Sun. 11:30am – 12:00am
Cuisine – Korean
Area – Annex
Price – $$ (Affordable)

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