Momofuku Kojin

4.4
236 reviews
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Contemporary Canadian
Kojin is a celebration of the hearth. We bring together a bounty of local meats and produce to showcase Ontario farmers and purveyors.

Changing with the seasons, our menu starts with meat and potatoes and offers a range of other locally inspired dishes.

The dining room is an extension of the hearth— a warm retreat that brings the outdoors in. Inspiration comes from Executive Chef Paula Navarrete’s childhood in Colombia, spent around the grill, combined with her passion for Canadian produce.
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Toronto
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

It was a birthday dinner. We had a fabulous table - right in the corner with glass all around us and a great view of University Ave. loved the service. We went for steak and found the only choices were a 15 oz ribeye to a 14 oz t-bone. Both are way larger than we would normally order. We both ordered ribeyes. They were cooked to perfection, and were as good as steaks get, but were so large, they were cold by the time we were half way through. Don’t get me wrong. We had a lovely dinner. Just make sure you bring your appetite with you.

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NA
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Great overall but after almost 3 hrs of chatting w friends (and $500. Bill I would add) we were politely asked to leave for the next seating I suppose?... that wasn’t a great end but overall enjoyed the meal and great service.

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B
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first experience.
My husband & I had a very enjoyable lunch
The reception, service, ambience, and food were top notch.
Coming from us, this review means a lot because we eat out almost every of the week.

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KL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

More than exceeded my expectations. Great food, exceptional staff, everything I wanted.

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ME
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Beautiful setting. Particularly nice In the evg. Steaks are big enough to split for two
The bar is great and they have a counter you can sit at while they grill the food right in front of you

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WC
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great meal, creative and imaginative. Impeccable service. Maybe a little noisy, but the ambience is lively and friendly. A friend told me that Kojin is intimidating. no, not at all.

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g
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrate my husbands birthday and food was incredible. Great team and nice place to eat.

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T
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the beef drippings flat bread, ember roasted beets, 14oz boneless aged rib eye and roasted brussel sprouts. They were all absolutely phenomenal. Super delicious. Perfectly executed. The flatbread was out of this world. Perfect balance of crispy, airy abs moist. Flavour was superb. Who knew flatbread could taste so wonderful. It was our first dish and I already knew we were coming back. Beets were made so well. Balanced flavours. Tasty roasted chic peas. Steak was done perfectly too. The bone marrow butter didn’t overwhelm the flavour of the steak. You could taste quality of the cut. Service was amazing. We had a lovely time. Thank you.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A great dinner in an incredible setting. The steak was delicious and the accompanying fries in a little paper bag a nice touch to a perfect dinner

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AT
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I made a reservation at Kojin for my husband's birthday based on the recommendation of my brother, who worked as a cook at Momofuku. The overall experience was okay, and if you are a big foodie I would recommend this place for you. We didn't have the greatest experience, but i'm not sure if this was a one off or a regular occurrence. Here are some highlights:

1. The arrival of our food was strange. Our appetizer arrived at the table before our drinks - a beer and wine. My husband's main arrived far earlier than my own.

2. The tables are placed quite close together because space is limited. The table next to us must have been friends with the sommelier, because the sommelier stood between our tables and talked to the next table about 7 times. How do I know this? Because this man's butt was in my face each time, and it was UNCOMFORTABLE. I know that the space is limited, but please be aware of the other guests.

3. My steak was lukewarm and difficult to cut. The red handled knife they gave us didn't cut.

4. My husband is allergic to mushrooms, we told our server this and she assured us that there were no mushrooms in any of our meals. My husband's meal had mushrooms in it.

It wasn't a good experience for us, I probably would not go back based on this experience.

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JJ
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and ambiance. The duck was incredible. Would highly recommend Kojin.

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s
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently outstanding.

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OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was fantastic. The servers were attentive and friendly. Food was delicious and came out in a timely fashion. A++

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AL
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was impeccable! Our server was very knowledgeable and make great recommendations. The flatbread is delicious.

Overall, the food was great, however, it wasn't as memorable as Momofuku in Las Vegas.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Overall experience was good but the service could have been better. We requested our leftover steak and sides be boxed up to take home but Our server didn’t give it to us. We ordered the soufflé which takes 20 minutes to prepare and you would think the server would remember to bring us our leftovers before we paid but they didn’t. We didn’t even pay with or see our server once the steak came, which can be an indicator of where the issue started. For the amount of money we spent on the food, even if we forgot due to the time it took for our dessert to come out (it was great) it shouldn’t be up to the customer to request there leftovers that they paid for, especially since the steak was $70+ and we ate 2/3 of it.

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m
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Disappointed that our server did not take note that a guest did not eat their entree. Steak special was very grisly and fatty

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V
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent. Ambience was nice. Food was ok. The ham and pickled cherries was excellent .

Wine was lovely. Main course was overpriced for what was presented. A pork chop $46. Nothing Special.

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j
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Our third visit to Kojin. All always, service is excellent with explanations about the food and suggestions
on how to share it with a group. We ordered a bottle of Rioja which was quite cold. When mentioning this to sommelier, he said that the bottle came from the cellar, therefore was cold. No apology, he could have asked if we still wanted this bottle, being cold and offered to select another type of wine instead.

Also, sorry David Chang, we do not agree with your choice of playing "The Cure", "The Cars" quite loud at the end of of evening.

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HR
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I have dined at many of David Chang's restaurants in multiple cities and have never been disappointed. Our meal and service was spectacular as usual, and we had a great time chatting with the cooks while they worked the fires. We love sitting counter side so we can watch food prep and ask questions, and it's always well worth it, but make sure to wear layers as it can get HOT by the fireside. My one note is that the style at Kojin is a bit different than the usual Momofuku style we expect i.e. a large representation of pork, seafood, and Asian influence; this has more of a steakhouse vibe. However, if you're looking for a really savory, unctuous meal with unique and delicious beverage pairings, this is it. (And do yourself a favor, DO NOT skip the corn flatbread with beef drippings. You're welcome).

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M
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

What a disappointing experience! We checked in and were immediately given a time limit for how long we could sit at our table and it was 1 hour and 45 minutes. We are in Toronto for a few days and my boss bought a gift card for me to Momofuko online, one that was supposed to be valid in Toronto but when we tried to pay with it, we were told we couldn’t use it. I quickly texted my boss who sent a photo of the website where he purchased the gift card and it said VALID IN THE US AND CANADA. I showed it to the manager but that didn’t do anything. We had to pay for our meal and were then told we might be able to call or email “somewhere” (no specifics were given) and get it exchanged for a Canadian gift card. We live in Los Angeles so I don’t know what we are going to do with a Canadian gift card if I can switch it out, and of course there is no Momofuko in Los Angeles. A customer service minded manager would have said “we’ll accept it and make it work” or “we will figure out how to transfer it to a Canadian gift card” but not this one. He literally couldn’t care less after we paid with a credit card.

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OT
Toronto
17 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We had been wanting to try Kojin for a while and were hoping it would become a neighbourhood favourite. The food was good but the service is lacking, and service can really make or break a meal - especially in a place like this where there are high expectations - and I think rightfully so. I hope the restaurant sees this review and makes changes to the way issues like mine are taken care of.
We ordered the cornbread, sausage board, a burger and a steak with brussel sprouts and never received the sausage board. We were served the cornbread, and after about a 15 minute wait our mains came out. We let them know then that we were still waiting for the sausage board and the server (not our waiter) said it would be right out. Then a few minutes later, our waiter came out and said that he hadn’t heard us order the sausage board and asked us if we still wanted it. This made me feel like we had somehow made a mistake and I told him sorry, we would let him know after we were finished our mains if we wanted it. We did want it, but he didn’t ask us about it again and because it seemed like the waiter thought this was our mistake, I didn’t mention it again. We had heard such great things about the sausage board and I’m still disappointed we didn’t get it.
I think this could have been handled much better - after us letting the server know we hadn’t received what we ordered, bringing it out, not sending the waiter over to tell us that he “hadn’t heard you order the sausage board.”
I will probably try this place again - it’s beautiful and the food is good - but I really hope their service improves.

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DS
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Night. A perfect place to spend our anniversary. My favourite were the sauces, the chef knows her stuff!!!
and also, You all must try the corn flatbread...

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PT
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Slightly over priced for what we got but food was great

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I think food is not worth that much, two people shared the same set of dishes for 330 dollars including everything. It is overpriced, but the service is good.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Very overpriced price fixe menu on Valentine’s Day. Food was average. Quite disappointing overall.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Pork chop was excellent, sausage platter was OK at best. Did good job to acommodate special request. Some billing issues. So while there were highs, there were also lows it evens out at “good” not “great”

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GG
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the best food in the city and well worth the cost. Each time we eat here it's like a culinary journey. The chefs and staff are very knowledgeable and attentive, and I truly can't praise Momofuku enough.

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j
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Overall, i was disappointed. Some food items were tasty and great, others were cold and bland. Waitress was fine, but wine or bar guy needed training. Music was a miss match of songs, and at times made more white noise than helped. I guess I was looking more for a rock band and what we got was a few rock stars. I may not come back, but I will re read the cookbook and look at how some of the dishes should work. Next time, I will try noodle bar.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat at the counter, and had such an enjoyable experience chatting and watching the chefs cook!

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OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Noodles is good quality, everything is good except the steak

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D
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very good but nothing was exceptional or surprising.

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D
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience. What a beautiful place, great service and incredible food. Dave Chang has bloody done it again.

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F
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall food was delicious! Ambiance was more casual than expected but lively and fun. Service was great, will be back!

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P
Melbourne / VIC
22 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great view along university avenue on the over the pavement seating area, lovely food and attentive service, a good evening and will be back.

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JI
Montreal
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Each dish was well presented and had a unique flavour. I've never experienced a fine dining experience quite like this one. The quality and service for the price is exceptional!

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Denver
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific food. An awesome place.

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Menu looked enticing...food and service were good. Good spot for business lunch. I'll be back.

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LS
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent meal and service. Appreciated the attention paid to allergies. Thank you.

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RS
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding meal, sat at the chef's counter best conversation with the kitchen, we will be back

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A
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Around 8 of us came for lunch and we were super happy with our experience. The staff was superb, they went above and beyond- friendly and professional, answering all of our questions (chef came out to talk about her plants) and did not make us feel rushed even tho it was closed to closing time.
The food was amazing and you could tell it was bc of technique and quality ingredients. Some of the dishes appear to be small in portion but the bold flavours make them really satisfying. The only thing is that the general price point is a little high but I guess u can expect that in the financial district at a momofuko restaurant.

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