Address: 5 Glen Cameron Road
Price Range: $10~
1: Poor 2: OK 3: Good 4: Very Good 5: Excellent
* Specialized in Korean/Japanese seafood
* Vegetarian friendly
I first tried this restaurant back in February for the first time and have gone back more than 5 times with different people. That is what happens when you upload a photo of fresh sashimi/seafood on twitter and everyone wants to check it out.
Gonoe serves your regular sushi, sashimi and udon but that's not what people were going crazy over. It was the Korean fluke (Gwang-Uh) sashimi, sea cucumber and live octopus that people were wondering about. Fresh seafood is easily accesible and cheap in Korea where they are surrounded by ocean and I am sure that's something all Koreans miss living in Toronto. Korean sashimi, especially this specific type of fish (Gwang-Uh) is firmer in texture and very chewy.
At Gonoe they have a special that comes with a plate of Gwang-Uh sashimi, plate of fresh seafood that consists of sea cucumber, abalone, sea pineapple, live octopus and sea snail, tempura, grilled fish, spicy seafood soup, rice, dessert and bottle of soju- all for $159.99. This easily feeds 4~6 people depending on how much fresh seafood you can eat!
Salad to start
From the 5 seafood plate, my favorite is sea cucumber- it is very chewy in texture and I like it with the Cho Jang (spicy sauce). If you've never tried live octopus, it is def an experience. It is not exactly alive, they chop it up into little pieces but the legs still squirm and move around on the plate.. well, ok I guess that means it's still alive. Just be careful when you put it in your mouth because it will sometimes stick to insides of your mouth.
Giant plate of sashimi
Not only do Koreans make ssam (vegetable wraps) with meat, but with sashimi as well!
After all the seafood fest, they will then serve you spicy seafood soup, grilled fish and some rice. Time for some carbs!!
Grilled fish for you to eat with the rice and spicy fish soup... after all that sashimi because apparently you can't ever have too much seafood
If you don't drink or don't like soju, you can ask them to give you rolls instead.
Summary: This is a must try if you love fresh Korean seafood- if you haven't, it is a good place to start. There is no doubt the seafood is fresh since it is served raw and the live octopus is something to try once in your life time. Do keep in mind that this restaurant gets super busy and it seems like they never have enough servers to handle all the table. So feel free to press the bell that's on the corner of your table or flag them down (it is not rude).