Restaurant: Urraca Resto Lounge
Location: North York
Address: 19A Finch Ave W
Price Range: $5~10
1: Poor 2: OK 3: Good 4: Very Good 5: Excellent
* Open for lunch and dinner
* Opening special 25% off tapas menu until end of July 2012
* Serves cocktails and wine
* Most of the food is sharing style
Urraca is a newly opened restaurant/lounge in Finch area that serves up Korean flavor inspired fusion dishes. If you somewhat know me, you should be aware that I am not always too fond of Asian fusion restaurants. Initially, Swish by Han changed all that for me with their amazing meal (Check out my review here)- so now I am somewhat more open to trying asian fusion restaurants. And then Sous chef from Urraca, Alex (@Alex_aka_kidkid) contacted me on twitter telling me about the restaurant and how I should check it out one day. To be honest I had my doubts going in, but after my experience at Urraca, I am glad I kept an open mind.
I dropped by with a friend on a Wednesday night to grab dinner. It was around 7pm when I went and the restaurant was pretty empty. The waitress told us that everything off of tapas menu were 25% off until end of July because of opening special.
Tapas menu at a glance
Simple Table Setting
Lemon in ice cold water, nice touch :)
When we sat down, we were given 3 different 'appetizers' that Korean lounges normally serve (kind of like peanuts many bars offer).
They were toasted baguette, wonton chips and macaroni salad. Wonton chips were tasty (apparently they make their nachos with these wonton chips) but other two were nothing special.
Ordered: Seafood RiceCake 5/5
* Assorted seafood, chili paste, rice cakes and cheese curds for $7
* First of all, I was surprised by how big this dish was
* For $7, this was a huge dish enough for 2 people as a main meal
* It was filled with mussels, shrimps and fish cakes
* Sauce is quite spicy (even for me) and it was thick in consistency
* Topped off with cheese on top, it does even out the spiciness
* Ricecake was perfectly cooked and the green onions on top added nice touch
* This is def worth more than $7 and it's a must get!
Ordered: Urrraca Beef Taco 4/5
* 10 small tocos with Korean beef, avocado, tortilla, sprouts and cheddar for $7
* These small tacos were so adorable and easy to eat
* They are small in size but has so many ingredients and flavors
* Bulgogi pieces are well marinated and beautifully accompanied by veggies on top
* I did wish the taco shells were less soggy or a little more crunchy
* Again, another solid dish that is def worth more than $7
Ordered: Pork Belly 3 way platter 3/5
* Pork belly braised, smoked and roasted served with condiments for $10
* If I see pork belly on the menu...I have to order it now!
* Presentation of this dish is simple yet beautiful
* To be honest I couldn't really tell the difference between braised, smoked and roasted
* All the pork tasted the same to me
Broiled Pork Belly with Apple Slaw
Roasted Pork Belly with Spicy Soy Bean Paste
Smoked Pork Belly with KimChi
* My favorite 'way' was probably the roasted (in the middle) with spicy soy bean paste
* I just wished the apple slaw or kimchi had stronger flavor/marinade
* Overall it tasted a little bland to me
Just the other day I was talking to my friend telling them how I wish somebody opened a fancier Korean drinking lounge in Toronto.
I know there are regular Korean drinking lounges but nowhere that pays attention to interior and presentation of their food. But now, Urraca is here!
Summary: Urraca serves delicious food that's def worth more than what you pay for and they pay attention to details. Fusion dishes are creative but they stay true to authentic Korean flavors and I will def be back to try other items!