Patio season is well under way here in Toronto. And with the weather changing from raining cats and dogs to super humid afternoons, it’s always good to have a backup when you may not be feeling in the mood to dine outside. Right in the center of Baldwin Village, Hana Korea is a small and humble Korean restaurant tucked away, or should i say, below? The restaurant is actually located below street level with a simple sign above the door. If my friend and I weren’t paying attention, we definitely would have missed Hana Korea!
Little did we know: the place is packed with the lunch crowd from the hospital and university nearby! With affordable prices and good portions for their dishes and complimentary sides, we quickly understood why the place was full. Similar to the sign above the door, the rest of Hana Korea’s decor is quite simple and follows the typical Korean restaurants you may find along the streets of Koreatown, on a different part of the city. And the food? Just as good! Humble Korean restaurants like Hana Korea always remind me of a nice home-cooked meal. After a long day walking around the city, working or a tough exam, who wouldn’t want a home cooked meal? I know I would.