Former Actinolite chef starts his own adventure with new Korean outpost

Bloorcourt is now home to a new prix fixe Korean spot, serving up unique dishes all made with locally sourced, seasonal ingredients.

The succinct four-course prix fixe menu is available for $78 and provides creative, artfully plated dishes using the bold, aromatic Korean flavours you know and love served up in a modern, industrial-meets-minimalist space.

In an open kitchen by the bar, you’ll catch chef Kwangtaek Lee putting his four years of experience at Actinolite to work.

During his time working at the Ossington strip bistro, under the guidance of owner and chef Justin Cournoyer, Kwang learned the value of creating food that both connects back to your culture and prioritizes freshness and locality.

Chicken, rice, anchovy and kimchi in a savoury broth.

These values are clearly echoed throughout the expertly curated menu which lets diners choose between two options per course, like the sea bass, daikon and plum or the Kalbi, potato and coriander. Be sure to warm up with the chicken soup, made special with rice, anchovies and green onion for a hearty bowl packed full of umami flavour. Vegan? Menu items can be modified to suit your dietary restrictions too, so the whole group can indulge.

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And if you’re looking to sweeten the deal, Orote has made choosing dessert simple with one stellar pick: brown butter cake topped with sweet potato ice cream and flecked with blackcurrant powder. This is a treat that’s unique and faintly sweet, the perfect way to balance out the palate.

The sweet potato ice cream and brown butter cake.

And for wine drinkers and aficionados alike, you can catch a buzz throughout your meal with a selection of organic, private-label wines spanning Europe. Orote has even listed pairing suggestions right on the menu so you know what sip will best complement the dish you decide to order.

No plans for ringing in 2022? Orote is offering a specially designed New Year’s Eve prix fixe menu if you’d like to celebrate with an upscale Korean dinner.

Head to the 276 Havelock Street spot from Wed – Sat 5 – 11 p.m.

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