After living near Joons for a few years, my friends were shocked I had never tried Joons. Okay, I lied. I’ve tried their pork bone soup and bulgogi once (for take-out) and wasn’t impressed, so I didn’t feel the need to go back. I wish I had known what to order back then…otherwise I would have been a regular here!
The restaurant is located on Yonge, just north of Sheppard. Just look for the bright orange sign. They have a second location in the Bloor/Christie Koreatown which serves up the same fare.
Shortly after arriving, they served us the Korean Banchan (complimentary small dishes of appetizers). At Joons, they served us kimchi, seaweed, pickled daikon and potato salad. The potato salad was a bit of a surprise since you don’t typically see that served at a Korean restaurant. The kimchi, seaweed and daikon tasted pretty standard but I didn’t particularly care for the potato salad.
Since Joons is known for their table-top cooking, the eight of us all ordered the DakGalBee – chicken (boneless dark meat) and assorted vegetables (photo below taken by @j1kim). It’s $9.25 per order and you have to order a minimum of two orders.
The vegetables that come with it include cabbage, sweet potato and green onions. And for those of you who don’t care for meat, the menu indicated that they can replace the chicken with tofu.
You also get to choose from a selection of three sauces: the non-spicy teriyaki sauce, the “Joons Original spicy sauce” and the suicidal spicy sauce (which costs $0.50 extra). We all went with the original spicy sauce. It is, after all, the “Joons Original.”
There are a whole bunch of other items you can add for an extra $1 to $2. We added the rice cakes and mozzarella cheese, both for an extra $2 each. Since the dish doesn’t come with any carbs, I highly recommend the rice cakes. They don’t have much flavour on their own, but they have a delightfully chewy texture and taste great with a bit of sauce.
You might think the addition of cheese is a little strange (I certainly did), but it surprisingly works! The whole concoction, albeit a little one-dimensional in taste, was amazing!
Although I can only attest to the one thing we tried here, I’ve been told this is the only thing worth getting here. If you ever drop by, make sure you don’t miss out!
At a glance:
• Known for their table-top cooking
• Loved the dakgalbee with the extra rice cakes and cheese
• Cash and debit only
• A second location in the Bloor/Christie Koreatown
Ratings (out of 5):
• Food: 4.5 stars
• Service: 3 stars
• Atmosphere: 2 stars