Owl Of Minerva
5324 Yonge Street, North York, ON, M2N 5P9
The Owl of Minerva wisely specializes in one dish and one dish only.
|Cuisine Type |||Korean|
|Meals Served |||Lunch, Dinner|
|Neighbourhood |||North Toronto|
|Getting There |||North York Centre Station|
|Cross Street |||Churchill Avenue|
Profile Last Updated: April 17, 2007
The Owl of Minerva, in mythology, represents wisdom. The famed philosopher Hegel also said that the Owl of Minerva “spreads its wings only at the falling of the dusk”. The same can be said about this Korean restaurant, which is open 24 hours a day. If you seek a comforting meal after a late night partying, in the middle of the night or after cramming for exams, the Owl of Minerva will welcome you. The restaurant itself specializes in kam ja tang, or pork bone soup. Spicy, meaty, hearty and filling, it’s the perfect remedy for a cold, a hangover or a cold winter’s day.
Vegetarians, Look Elsewhere
For the most part, it’s the pork bone soup that brings in the customers, however you can order other items on the menu (of which there are few). An alternative to pork bone soup is the beef bone soup, as well as the rice dish, but they are much less popular with diners. With your meal, you will receive some banchan, or side dishes, which consist of two types of Korean pickled vegetables. The restaurant serves unlimited portions of pickled radish in large white cubes and another Korean specialty, kimchi, which is spicy pickled cabbage.
A Unique Atmosphere
The restaurant is situated on Yonge Street. Inside, wood and paper screens separate tables from each other. Korean television shows play silently from above while you enjoy your meal. No menus are required – paper menus on the walls advertise what’s available. Thermal ‘hot pot’ bowls, bubbling hot with spicy orange-red broth, are set on your table, along with short-grain rice in a stainless steel bowl. Narrow, thin Korean-style chopsticks, also made of steel, let you pick your pickles and pork with grace and precision.
Wheelchair Access: No