CHEF NUIT REGULAR, KIIN & PAI “I love the ’70s-inspired space and the hip-hop music in the background — it’s a great place to hang out.”
POST CITY’S TAKE: Found on a still-kinda-forlorn stretch of Bloor West, Seoul Shakers has all the trappings of a Leemo Han joint. Along with bartender Inh Huh, the restaurateurs behind the vivacious Pinky’s Ca Phe have opened up a space that is a feast for both the eyes and stomach. A retro vibe permeates the long room, accented with beaded fringe and hanging faux ferns, and neon signage lends everything a reddish hue.The cuisine is Korean by way of South America. Corn tortillas are vessels for pineapple and gochujang al pastor marinated pork neck.The iceberg wedge salad comes gussied up with fermented Korean pear, shreds of radish, roasted brown rice and Stilton cheese and is finished off with a gingery dressing. And a riff on a chopped cheese sandwich piles roast kimchi atop a chopped ground beef patty with pickles, cheese and plenty o’ sauce. Bar stool seating may alienate an older clientele, but this is a haven for cool kids anyways. Don’t even think about trying to make resos. 1241 Bloor St. W.
L–R: Roast kimchi chopped cheese, Bloordale’s new kitschy-chic haunt