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You know what time it is? FOOD FRIDAY!! Shout-out to Frances to designing the Fabulous Food Fridays logo for me.

Funny enough, today’s feature was introduced and experienced with Frances ;)

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ADDRESS: 38 Wellington St East Toronto, ON M5E 1C9
CUISINE: Korean, Fusion
PHONE: (647) 343-0268
WEBSITE: http://swishbyhan.wordpress.com/[/custom_box]

Wellington Street East is seriously the place to eat.  Swish by Han is located right next door to Trevor Kitchen & Bar, which I did a review on.  Coincidentally, Frances pointed out we should eat at Swish at Han when we were going to Trevor Kitchen & Bar for Winterlicious.

Swish by Han is definitely small and quaint and fills up very quickly, so make reservations or arrive early!  Unfortunately OpenTable doesn’t offer points when making reservations.

The Mackerel with Ginger and Green Onion definitely surprised us.  We didn’t expect it to be scorched by table side.  It was a pleasant surprise.  When mackerel isn’t fresh or prepared right, it has this really fishy taste and soft texture.  This wasn’t the case.  It was firm and the sweetness from the soy sauce with green onion and ginger counteracted any potential fishy taste from the mackerel.

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Scorched Mackerel by Table Side

Mackerel with Ginger and Green Onion

Mackerel with Ginger and Green Onion

All of the dishes are shareable, delicious, and didn’t leave you with a heavy feeling.  This is the type of restaurant where you can order multiple dishes and share it amongst your friends and this is exactly what we did.

The service is absolutely superb. The waitresses were patient and explained each dish to us along with making some recommendations. Frances and I actually sat in the restaurant for over 2 hours just eating while having great conversation. After we were finished with dessert, the waitress was so polite in asking us to leave the restaurant as there was a line-up by the door.

Sweet Chili & Garlic Prawns

Sweet Chili & Garlic Prawns

We actually noticed that the sauce in the Spicy Pork Buns and Spicy Pork Tacos were the same.  So the dishes are similar in that respect.  Both were delicious. The Spicy Pork Tacos were more refreshing with the cabbage.  But if I had to choose one dish, I would choose the Spicy Pork Buns.  The buns were so soft and just absorbed all the excess spicy sauce, making it super scrumptious!

Spicy Pork Buns

Spicy Pork Buns

Spicy Pork Tacos

Spicy Pork Tacos

Kimchi Trio & Ssäm Box

Kimchi Trio & Ssäm Box

The only dish I was remotely disappointed with was the Chocolate Truffle Cake.  It wasn’t as moist or chocolate-y as I had hoped.  Don’t get me wrong, it was a good cake, but nothing to write home about.

Chocolate Truffle Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream

Chocolate Truffle Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream

This drink was amazing!  I’m always game for anything that contains lychee and cassis.  This drink was refreshing and contained the right amount of alcohol so it didn’t overpower the drink.  It was the perfect balance of sweetness from the lychee and cassis and sourness from the lime.

SEOUL TRAIN:  Stoli Vodka + Lychee Puree + Lime + Cassis + Lychee Juice

SEOUL TRAIN:
Stoli Vodka + Lychee Puree + Lime + Cassis + Lychee Juice

Overall this was a great restaurant to go with your friends after work. There are tons of dishes to try, the service is great, and they have really good drinks.

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