I have eaten a lot of Bibimbap (meaning 'mixed bowl') in my time and I have to say that HoSu Bistro on Queen West has one of the best bowls in Toronto. Their Bibimbap Dolsot ($9.95) is served in a very hot stone bowl (ow - don't touch it ) with thinly sliced marinated beef and a lightly fried egg that you can mix into your rice or cook on the side of your bowl. It eats like a hearty meal on a cold Toronto day with shredded carrot, half-rounds of zucchini, slippery glass noodles and blanched spinach and bean sprouts. Let the rice sit on the bottom and you will have delicious crispy bits to look forward to by the end.
It's a cheap healthy meal for only $10 and includes a bowl of miso soup, garden salad, steamed edamame, kimchi, pickled radish and soybeans. I don't think they even charged me for my green tea. It's no wonder HoSu is always packed at lunch and dinner. The food is high quality and the prices are extremely reasonable. HoSu is where I go when I feel like Korean food and everyone else feels like sushi - you get the best of both worlds.
The Maki Sushi Platinum Combo ($13.95) comes fresh and fast and includes six pieces each of dynamite roll, spicy tuna and California. The lunch menu is even cheaper with over 50 items for under $10. Make sure you check out this gem when you're in Toronto's Entertainment District. HoSu is a nice change up from the poutine, burritos, hot dogs and shawarma that is abundant in the neighbourhood.
Where is the best Bibimbap in Toronto? Tell us your favourite place in the comments below - I am on the hunt!
HoSu Bistro - Korean and Japanese Cuisine in Toronto
254 Queen Street West (@ John St.)