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KOKO! Share Bar

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81 Yorkville Ave
Toronto, ON  M5R 1C1

(416) 850-6135

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October 26, 2018

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Specialties

Japanese Signature Share Dish TEMAKI
Platter of:
Assorted Daily Sashimi, Shrimp tempura & Panko encrusted Soft Shell Crab, Grilled Vegetables.......
(served w/ sushi rice, crisp nori, creamy-garlic, spicy mayo, sweet soy)
ShareBar first, hands on, create your favorite combination, wrap, roll, share

Korean Signature Share Dish BOSSÄM
Platter of:
Slow-Roast Pork Belly, Spicy Chicken... more

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KOKO! = Here, this place - Takeout & Delivery

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Editorial Reviews from the web
English
November 19, 2013

Sharing is "encouraged" at this compact Yorkviller proffering "generally" solid "Japanese-Korean fusion" eats backed by sake plus homemade soju infusions; "friendly" servers keep the atmosphere "comfortable."

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4 star rating
Delicious
October 18, 2018

I was was having a craving for something clean, fresh, and flavorful and that’s exactly what I found at KOKO! Share Bar. This restaurant was fun and inviting. I really loved the ambience; hip, intimate, but not fake feeling at all.
The wait staff was... more

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4 star rating
Korean and Japanese Food
September 02, 2018

This restaurant is small but the food was excellent. It was my first time trying Korean food and I loved it. The food came promptly and was piping hot. Our waiter got a bit distracted with other people (not customers) who dropped by so there... more

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4 star rating
Nice Japanese Korean restaurant
August 26, 2018

We went to this restaurant based on TA reviews. I liked the food and the ambiance. It’s in Yorkville so the prices are elevated. The restaurant is small so we had reserved a table. It’s very nice and cosy. The menu is really interesting with... more

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4 star rating
Hidden gem in Yorkville It’s a step down below retail
July 29, 2018

Could very well be the best-served cod in the city. Lots of miso sauce will make you even want to eat the skin. Japanese-Korean cuisine served here and intended for sharing. All the servings were extremely well presented, and I could smell the wonderful flavours.... more

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4 star rating
Amazing Bibimbop
June 27, 2018

Usually I don't eat Bibimbop out because I would mostly be disappointed. But Koko's Bibimbob was fantastic. Very succulent yet very crispy! Especially the Nurungy crust on the bottom was unbelievably delicious texture. The cozy atmosphere with good service and yet the fine art surroundings... more

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4 star rating
June 09, 2018

Came here for my friends bday dinner on Friday night. If you are desperately craving mediocre Korean/japanese food in Yorkville then try this. Otherwise, go elsewhere and expect better food at a fraction of the price.

Pros
- cute space
- lots of variety on the menu so perfect if dining with indecisive friends

Cons
- most food lacked flavour / poor execution
- pricey since we are in Yorkville... more

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4 star rating
June 02, 2018

Never even got to try the food here as the customer service was horrible. Went there for a birthday dinner that was prepaid for by the birthday girls sister and was charged the full amount prior to the dinner. The rest of the party was late and the staff had no problem with that as the payment was already processed. Once the remainder of the party arrived the staff then decided not to serve us... more

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4 star rating
Great for both Korean and Japanese food
May 25, 2018

I was looking for a central location that served good quality Korean with a sushi component on the menu to satisfy the preferences of two other family members, and this place totally checked all the boxes. It is small but comfortable (make reservations!), and the... more

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4 star rating
Wish we have bigger stomachs
May 10, 2018

Our first visit based on the positive reviews. If you don't want to be disappointed, make reservations. We saw many disappointed patrons being turned away on a Friday night. Love the decor. The local Korean art is very lovely. Beautiful seating and comfy! Service is... more

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4 star rating
Always a pleasure to drop in
April 29, 2018

The restaurant actually is Korean and Japanese.
Under new ownership now but with the same chef.
And like before, the food is delicious and the service pleasant and prompt.
We drop in now and then and never got disappointed.

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4 star rating
Very good food and great service
April 15, 2018

Long list of Korean and Sushi dishes. I have tried Mandu Soup (Korean) and I really recommended it. You will find a very clean space with nice light, very quiet and a good ambience. Also a very nice service.

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4 star rating
All good
March 03, 2018

We have been there for sushi and the quality was really good. nice, small and cosy place. i would suggest to do a reservation.

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4 star rating
February 10, 2018

Went here for my birthday dinner and was not disappointed!! I was a bit apprehensive because the reviews were not great but i was pleasantly surprised by the restaurant. I loved the sashimi, the plum wine and the bibimbap and also the service was great. Would come back here.

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4 star rating
February 08, 2018

Quick bite on a Friday just before we head to the Varsity to catch a flick.

Ordered Chirashi and sashimi lunches. Cozy tiny spot with neighbours very close to you on either side. That's how we heard the very awkward performance review feedback convo next to us . The guy was terrible at giving feedback as he did all the talking and the poor woman was silent. He would benefit from a leader... more

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4 star rating
November 26, 2017

On a recent trip to my beloved Toronto, I happened upon this little basement gem and then returned 3 or 4 times because I liked the vibe of the restaurant and the style of food so much.

The service team are all nice. The various bowls are all great. I enjoyed their spicy seafood bouillabaisse. Even the sushi is terrific, but Koko's obvious crown jewel is their Koko Korean Bibimbap which is... more

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4 star rating
October 19, 2017

Overall:
Recently went here for a family dinner. I wasn't expecting much and sadly, I should have expected even less. Save yourself and go a little farther north where the real Korean food is for 1/4 of the price.

A breakdown--

Food:
Gyoza - fried to a crisp with barely anything as the filling.

Rolls - Both the lobster and soft shell crab in the rolls we had were stale. Either they left them... more

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4 star rating
August 22, 2017

It was my first time, and will be my ABSOLUTE LAST time ordering food from here.

I was craving for some sort of Asian food and figured maybe because of the price being on the more expensive side and the images looked good that it might at least tasted decent. But, that was far from the truth. I refrain from ordering sushi because I know there are only a handful of places in the city that does... more

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4 star rating
July 30, 2017

so we got there at 6pm,when we got there the 1st waiter looked at us and told us to sit anywhere. so we picked a random table for 4 (even tho we were only a 2) since the restaurant seemed empty. And the waiter did not say anything, he said okay sit here and then he received a phone call. so 1st he didnt give us the menu when we sat down. 2nd no water or utensils were given out he was just... more

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4 star rating
July 29, 2017

Stumbled in here after equinox and it was SO delish. What a pleasant surprise. Will definitely come black and refer people here. Had the agedashi tofu, seafood pancake, dynamite roll and beef salad. The salad was the best but everything else was really really good too.

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4 star rating
July 20, 2017

Oh this is a funny little spot.
I went here for lunch a couple times for work. It was good for me to spread my wings and try the offerings of this asian fusion house.

It's a lovely space which I would expect in Yorkville. Love the choice of art and boxed chopsticks found at each table.

The food was good but not spectacular. I would say as a lunch experience in the area it is one of the better... more

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4 star rating
June 09, 2017

The physical space is quite small. But the ambience was light, cheerful and pleasant. The quality of food was absolutely superb. You can tell that everything in the dish was meticulously seasoned, and put together. We will be back!

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4 star rating
April 15, 2017

My boyfriend and I came mid afternoon for a snack. The restaurant has a nice decor and vibe to it. The service was great and the food portion was good as well. We ordered the bibimbap and sometimes the bibimbap is all rice and little toppings. KOKO has more toppings than rice, which was a nice bonus. We enjoyed our meal. However, $20 is a little more on the expensive side.

We will only come to... more

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4 star rating
April 12, 2017

The service was great, the food was excellent! I had some sashimi (very fresh), the kimchi trio (heaven for a kimchi lover), and the vegetable, dumpling & egg soup (hit the spot).
I'll definitely go back.

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4 star rating
April 01, 2017

I'll make this short and sweet.

I was here on a date a little while back and ordered the japchae and the bibimbap. We were both pretty pleased with our food which was great because we were a little restricted in terms of what we could order because of some food allergies. The food was good, nothing to rave about though especially considering the price.

The waitress was very nice and gave us... more

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4 star rating
February 13, 2017

The service was great. We managed to snag the last table available on a Friday night. Reservations are probably a good idea as the place gets busy. We had the dinner for 2 with pork belly, chicken, and bulgogi. The meats were fantastic. It came with lettuce and rice as well. We didn't have enough lettuce and asked for more, which ended up being $3 extra when we saw the bill. The bibimbaps... more

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4 star rating
December 22, 2016

Always one of my favourites when in Yorkville. Friendly family staff/owners. Food is fresh and well prepared. The sushi is excellent but the real star is the bip im bap. Kim hi is my favourite but the bulgogi is a close second. I learned this trip that they will combine toppings. Look forward to trying a bulgogi kimchi combo next time. Try this place, you will glad you did.

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4 star rating
November 06, 2016

I give this 5 stars because of the honesty of the food and humble, but impeccable service in this tiny little gem in the middle of an expensive metropolis. Koko is just what you want. Great sushi, and Korean hot pot classic Bibimbap. F@!%!*g amazing! Atmosphere is very comfy and prices are reasonable. Enjoy

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4 star rating
September 22, 2016

Koko is one of my favourite Japanese/Korean restaurants in the city. The food is consistently delicious with generous portions, and the service is always friendly. They make a beautiful avocado salad with the most wonderful ginger dressing. The sashimi is always great. Also love the spicy wok toss and bibimbap.

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4 star rating
May 13, 2016

First time I tried bibimbap was here, and I fell in love. Lived on west coast so used to good fresh food. Sushi is good here too! This is one of my favorite restaurants in Tdot!

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4 star rating
February 15, 2016

This place is awesome! The lady that works here is great and the Black Cod is probably the best in the city. I love black cod, i look for it all around the city and a friend of mine suggested this place and let me tell you... you have to try i for yourself. Enjoy

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4 star rating
November 21, 2015

This is a great lunch place in Yorkville. My co-workers and I frequently come here for bibimbap (veg, kimchi, avocado, bulgogi, chicken) because the bowls are delicious, the right size (for lunch), come quickly, and are not super expensive. The best part: they always manage to get the crispy rice just perfect!

It's also rare to have to wait for a table.

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4 star rating
June 20, 2015

Nice little joint. They serve your traditional korean fare, but with better ingredients.

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4 star rating
May 22, 2015

This place serves both Japanese and Korean food which isn't properly advertising. My friend and I kept it light after a heavy breakfast and lunch with Japanese: spinach gomae, avocado salad, miso soups and spicy tuna roll. All the food was amazing and fresh, particularly the fish. And the "citrus soju infusions" is such a tasty, fresh cocktail recommended by our lovely server Jasmine:)

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4 star rating
April 08, 2015

the bulgogi bibimbap is very delicious,but
white rice is too little。

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4 star rating
March 11, 2015

I loved that Black Cod. So soft and delicious i wish i could have this everyday! Highly recommended and the prices are more than fair for the area. Check them out

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4 star rating
January 25, 2015

I expected higher prices because of location, but with that I also hope for something a bit better. The food was just okay. Our table ordered Chirashi, an assortment of rolls and the Bossam dish. Portions were rather small and in particular, I'd advise against ordering the Hotate roll - considering the price and it being listed under the "Signature Modern Roll" section, I thought it'd look less... more

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4 star rating
December 25, 2014

Came to KOKO for lunch service on a late Friday afternoon.

Ordered two lunch dishes (miso soup and salad with ginger dressing included):

15 PIECE SASHIMI AND RICE (5/10) - Sashimi platter was an assortment of salmon, white tuna and red tuna. Pieces were unevenly cut and didn't taste fresh. The fish tasted like it has been sitting in the fridge for a while.

SPICY CHICKEN AND VEGETABLES WITH... more

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4 star rating
October 21, 2014

Cozy and someone romantic ambience, friendly staff and amazing food. I've been going there for a few years and never been dissapointed. Love their homemade soju cocktail, ginger citrus is must try as well as Black god and Bibimbab dishes. Oh and seafood hotpot too. Price is reasonable for the quality of food they deliver. Never tried japanese dishes since I really enjoy korean dishes there but... more

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4 star rating
May 17, 2014

Very cozy, friendly staff and great food. Since it's a small restaurant, it's easy to miss when you try to find it from outside. I've been there a few times but I still go back and forth in same block cuz I miss the sign ! Black cod is my favourite dish, and their sashimi and lobster Bibimbab is also very good. They also have unique cocktails - if you are coffee lover, try espresso martini,... more

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4 star rating
Great Spot
May 07, 2014

We went in looking for Korean BBQ, but it's a mix of Sushi / Japanese food with a sprinkle of Korean.Food was great, but look the menu over first.

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4 star rating
April 09, 2014

My boyfriend took me here for Valentine's day. I'm not sure if I'm giving it 5 stars because it was legitimately a good dining experience, or if it was the reason behind the dinner. Anyway, I ordered sushi and salmon assortment ($22) . My boyfriend ordered the lobster bibimbap ($22) . As a strong believer of quality over quantity, I don't think this restaurant is overpriced. The food was... more

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4 star rating
February 26, 2014

Went for lunch with my cousin today and I ordered the lobster bibimbap and she had the beef bulgogi.

The food was very bland and incredibly over priced. Atmosphere was good and service good. Food sucked. Definitely not like a traditional Korean restaurant, where the food is much better and tastier and the prices are way less expensive.

My cousin's order wasn't so great either. "This doesn't... more

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4 star rating
February 14, 2014

I'm surprised at the "share bar" label; they seem to have dropped the concept? I also think they might have lessened the whole 'tapas' angle in favour of a more traditional dining experience, which is probably a step in the right direction, according to previous reviews; they've kept the food and service, but lost the pretension.

I and a friend stopped in here randomly for a bite before the... more

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4 star rating
June 21, 2013

Located in the center of Yorkville, KOKO! Share Bar is a welcoming, warm and clean place for dinner. The menu is fairly simple with a nice selection of appetizers, sushi and a few main courses. For a team of two we had two appetizers (octopus and soft shell crab), the glazed black cod and the scallop modern sushi roll. I have to admit, the best dish was the glazed black cod which is always a... more

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4 star rating
April 11, 2013

This place is a standby for me. The sushi is very fresh, the lobster bibimbap is delicious and they have a good cocktail list.Only negative is the atmosphere can be hit or miss. Sometimes the place will be packed and other times you'll be the only people in the restaurant.

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4 star rating
February 28, 2013

Koko! Share Bar is aesthetically pleasing, clean and service is spot on :) My friend and I ordered the seafood hot pot, spider roll and pork belly ssam- all super fresh and delicious. Would definitely come back! :)

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4 star rating
January 06, 2013

Most amazing sushi. Could return again and again.

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4 star rating
December 24, 2012

Great little hidden place in yorkville! I went here for a meeting with some co-workers. For appetizers we had these delicious little gyoza dumplings. Yes these gyoza dumplings are at every japanese place but these ones are extra tiny and cripsy which I like! For the main course I had the beef bulgogi. It comes in a steaming hot bowl neatly arranged with all the ingredients...beef, rice,... more

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4 star rating
December 12, 2012

Sorry. I've been exposed to amazing Korean foods since I was young but this is a joke. Appetizers are basically banchans you get free at Korean restaurants but I wouldn't mind paying if they are amazing, which wasn't the case. We shared galbi, lobster bibimbop and seafood hot pot. They were not terrible but I didn't enjoy them either. I felt so bad for my friend whom I dragged since I wanted to... more

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4 star rating
October 11, 2012

This place is just ok to me. Been twice now and no need to go back. If you want great Korean food, try Tofu Village on Bloor.

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4 star rating
June 17, 2012

Nice atmosphere - at least at lunch. Service is friendly, and the food very tasty and a good value (especially for Yorkville)

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4 star rating
April 04, 2012

Lived in Korea, Japan; have traveled extensively, and love food, especially appreciate it when "thought and care" go into making dishes, and yes, I cook.

Having said that...we arrived in Toronto for the weekend and missed the lunch rush, began wandering around Yorkville to have lunch. We passed by KoKo and decided to go in because my son always wants Asian food. Now, as a Korean when I see... more

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4 star rating
February 16, 2012

We were huge fans of the Japanese restaurant that was formerly in this location, so decided to continue the tradition of stopping midday for an asian lunch between boutique hopping (Sprezzy is a dedicated Holt's shopper, after all) and try KOKO .We love sushi and I have a fondness for Korean, so we had hope that this might become a favorite.

Our last lunch left us most unimpressed. We ordered... more

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4 star rating
January 21, 2012

Small but nice setting, and some original, tasty and well presented meals. Nice staff and service in addition. You may still be hungry at the end of your dinner, for sure, but it may worth it to try and go there once in a while and to change from the regular sushi's places. I agree it is a little over priced however.

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4 star rating
November 03, 2011

Nothing special, despite the fact this restaurant is nestled in the heart of yorkville, the menu choice is not exciting and expensive compare to other Korean/Japanese style restaurant. I ordered the spicy seafood hot pot for $22, all the seafood in the broth (shrimp, scallop, mussel) are over-cooked and tastes like rubber. The service was good, but that was the only good thing they got going... more

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4 star rating
October 30, 2011

The better half and I tried out KOKO for dinner on Friday night, and unfortunately I can only give the experience 3 stars. I have to admit, this was a one time experience, so perhaps they were simply having a bad night, but to echo a previous yelp-er, it was overall pretty underwhelming.

Maybe because it was Friday of the Hallowe'en weekend, and they couldn't find enough people to staff the... more

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4 star rating
October 02, 2011

sucks..... imitation version of "Swish by Han" while making a mockery of korean cuisine. Opentable reviews are clearly done by staff members or friends of the owners. Portions are small, cocktails try too hard, and ambience doesn't connect. I'm sorry but if I'm paying 22$ for black cod, it better be stellar. Origin on king and church make a phenomenal miso black cod with soba noodles for only... more

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4 star rating
October 01, 2011

Very expensive for the type and quality of food served here. Our group of 3 had drinks and apps before dinner and it came up to $60++ (we each had 1 drink and only had a couple of appetizers to share between us).

I love tapas and i love korean food...you're better off in Koreatown or a real tapas bar. I can't justify paying entree prices and getting tapa sizes

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4 star rating
September 28, 2011

After multiple visits I continue to love this place.  The food is excellent.  Unique offerings, of which there is something for everyone.  Though, as the name implies, sharing is the best way to go as you get to enjoy more of the great tastes.  The service is always wonderful.Definitely be back again!

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August 21, 2011

"""The service was excellent. Our server was friendly and helpful. Atmosphere was great as well, we had a table by the window all to ourselves. We were pleased with the Sencha we ordered. However, the food was nothing special...:("""

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August 07, 2011

"""Japanese-Korean fusion, small plates, sharing encouraged. Generally excellent food, if sometimes a bit pricey ($22 for a small piece of black cod seems excessive). Very friendly service and comfortable surroundings."""

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August 07, 2011

great deal for awesome sushi

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4 star rating
July 18, 2011

Not sure why some people are giving a review of a tapas place for
serving tapas style (come on, it's called "share" bar).

If you go to a tapas place and expect you can order one dish and serve 4 people with it then you can't fault the restaurant. They didn't make you stupid. You walked in that way. Why don't you just ask your server what they recommend portion wise instead of just ordering... more

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4 star rating
April 15, 2011

This was a nice find down the street from my hotel. It is very casual and was pretty empty when we got there. I thought it was Korean but it was also fairly Japanese. I had a great glass of unfiltered saki so all was good.

The sushi was fresh and good but I've had much better. Some of the sauces on the sashimi were way too heavy. I guess they can learn from Sugarfish in LA, which is my... more

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Business Description from the Web
English
August 02, 2014

This subterranean resto manages to look elegant yet casual, with warm lighting and homey wooden tables to encourage a social experience. Korean-Japanese fare is prepared on large platters meant for sharing, with options like sashimi and sushi rolls, and specialties like the spicy seafood bouillabaisse hot pot. Lunch, dinner Tue.-Sun. Casual. Entrees: $13-24. AE, MC, V.

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November 04, 2013

This subterranean resto, located under Dolce on Yorkville Avenue, serves a modern interpretation of Korean and Japanese sharing foods, including Bossam (various meats wrapped in lettuce or cabbage with various sauces) and Temaki (sashimi, soft shell crab and tempura shrimp wrapped in nori with veges and sauces), which aren’t available elsewhere in the city. Aside from superb food created by... more

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September 14, 2013

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September 06, 2011

KOKO! = Here, this place / Share Bar = Casual, intimate, social, delicious Modern Korean & Japanese; Where the most important ingredient is Love.

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