If you have been following along on my Instastory or Snapchat recently you would have seen that I had dinner at one of Toronto’s newest restaurants Doma!
Doma, which means ‘cutting board’ in Korean, opened less then a year ago and occupies the old Acadia space smack in the heart of Toronto’s little Italy neighbourhood at Clinton and College. The restaurant itself is bright yet intimate with its white and wood based minimal interior and 43 space seating (more seats to come with the opening of the patio this summer). Although small it is definitely cozy and great for anyone looking for a modern, refined or romantic spot to dine (Hey! That rhymes!).
The genius behind Doma is owner/chef Paul Kim, a Le Cordon Blue graduate who is originally for Seoul, South Korea. His love for food, cultural background and of course his training in french cuisine inspired him to open his first restaurant where he hoped to alter peoples perception of Korean food by adding a French inspired twist to each dish. The end result - nothing short of perfection!
Chef Paul Kim’s dishes are often inspired by seasonal ingredients and therefore change monthly with a few favourites remaining on the menu. When I went I opted for the tasting menu at $65 a person whichgives you a small sample of each dish and with 8-9 dishes making up the menu you are definitely going to walk away full!
The food itself was not only graciously plated with impeccable presentation, but the flavours were robust and symphonic. Chef Paul Kim definitely knows how to grab your attention by using natural colours from the ingredients to add dimension to the plate. Each dish was so unique and stood out in both variety and appeal from each other.
Before starting your meal consider trying one of their excellent cocktails as well (usually around $13). All cocktails are specially designed in-house and incorporate Korean Ingredients. I had the ‘In Harmony’ while my mom (always the best dinner date) had the ‘Pear of My Eye’.
All in all I am happy to report that it is definitely a spot you should not only add to your list but bump to the top! Although it can get quiet expensive ($200 for 2 people including drinks, tax and tip) it is a perfect restaurant to wine and dine someone on a special occasion, or to impress someone you know who has a passion for food.
This is not a sponsored post, I paid for my meal in full and enjoyed it thoroughly! I just wanted to pass my good experience onto you.
50c Clinton Street
Toronto, ON M6G 2Y3
+1 416 551-1550
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday | 5pm - 11pm, Sunday - Monday | CLOSED