Barrio Coreano is the latest outpost from David Sidhu, and his fourth edition to the successful Playa Cabana brand located in Toronto’s K-Town. The 75-seat restaurant marries Mexican classics with Korean influences and flavour-profiles.
The aesthetic is consistent with Mr. Sidhu’s other restaurants and features exposed brick, recycled wood, bowling alley floors, and neon lighting.
The menu, written on a blackboard, consists of small plates and various snacks that are easy to share. Some of the bocaditos like K-mex slaw, grilled calamari with burnt arbol kimchi, and watermelon sashimi are great starts. The eclectic tacos ranging from $5-$7 per are all creative and tasty. If you’re feeling hungry, the 32 oz. cowboy ribeye with Korean BBQ sauce and pineapple kimchi is a great item to share with a group of friends. The bar throws out cocktails such as kimchi sours, goji negronis, soju sangria, and a good selection of Mexican beers like DosXX, Negra Modelo, Tecate, and Sol.
Barrio Coreano, located at 642 Bloor Street West, is open Tuesday through Sunday from 12:00 pm to 11:00 pm.