In "The Annex" neighborhood - go on Bloor Street West, between Bathhurst and Christie is Koreatown - Umji is on the left side of the road if you are coming from the east, on to your left if you are walking from the west.
Enjoying a long history in Toronto, one of the most popular casual, quick service Korean eateries that lives up to its name.
Service is alwaysattentive and very polite. It is a family business - the warm smile of the graceful lady with glasses gives the food a touch of "homeliness", and the young male servers are always smiling when you ask for a refill of water.
Their quite extensive menu is very promising - I have tried a variety here and my personal favorites include
1. Bulgolgi and spicy stir fried octopus combination The bulgolgi marinade is authentic, beef used is always tender. Their stir fried octopus is spicy enough with a good degree of sweetness, blended with a hint of sesame oil - great when mixed with the bed of white short grain rice served.
(Or you can order separately - just bulgolgi beef or just spicy stir fried squid, it's even cheaper - just that I like both)
2. Original pork bone soup This is one of their signatures. Generous meaty chunks of pork bone simmered for hours in rich spicy gochu-based (gochu = Korean chili pepper) broth.
Their banchans change, but their white cabbage kimchi is always there and it maintains a consistent quality, with a crisp bite and refreshing tang to it.
Prices are dirt cheap - an average entree ranges from $6 to $10. For less than $20 I garantee you to leave very satisfied. Remember to pay your tips as it is not included - a general practice of Korean restaurants in Toronto. Generally people leave a tip of about 10-20% depending on your satisfaction level. I always leave 20% here because the food is too cheap and the servers just deserve so much more!