I met my friend K for dinner a couple Thursday's ago and we decided on Korean food to curb our cravings. It was kind of chilly, and a little rainy so heading to SongCook's was the perfect decision. We got there at around 7pm and could already tell they were understaffed, as we had to wait to be greeted by a host, followed more waiting before we were even seated.
It took at least 10 minutes to get our tea and another 10 to receive our side dishes (mitbanchan) and to place our orders.
Housemade kim-chi, sour from fermentation- just the way I like it
Yellow pickled radish (Danmuj)
It took a full 25, maybe even a full 30 minutes before
I had made the choice to wait for K's noodles to arrived before I started on my own meal, 'cause you know...manners. As a result, my food wasn't piping hot as I usually like it. I really wish they had presented our meals at the same time, even if I did end up having to wait a little longer. I mean, we waited nearly an HOUR from the time we placed our orders to actually eating, what's another 10-15 minutes. I tried to offer K some of my food, but she wouldn't have any of it. So, I told her that if she didn't eat, I wouldn't either...so I pleaded with her to...pleaaaase eat my food so I can eat too. She took a scoop of JaJang Myun, so I started on my soup, ever so slowly while we both picked at the banchan.
Once everything had arrived, there was silence at the table. We were both too busy shoveling food into our faces! I started on my spicy soup and rice and ended there. As hungry as I was, that was all I could stomach and had to pack the entire plate of noodles to go (dinner for the next night). For $13, I thought it was a steal of a deal! The soup was flavourful with just the right amount of spiciness. I loved the black bean noodles- they were the perfect texture and the sauce was balanced just right.
K really enjoyed her hand cut, made in house noodles and the dumplings that were in there. She said it had a nice broth and a decent amount of seafood including a large plump shrimp.
We've had better experiences before at SongCook's. It wasn't our waitresses fault and I felt horrible for her. I'll still return- I'm just hoping they won't be as understaffed next time! The wait time was unacceptable. We finished dinner at around 9pm.
SongCook's Authentic Korean Restaurant
6-72 Steeles Ave. West
Thornhill, ON L4J 1A1