Popular Korean Eatery James Cheese Back Ribs has Opened in Toronto
In a city where people are always eager to try something new, it’s the perfect place for culinary innovators to make their mark. While over here, cheesy back ribs is almost unheard of, it’s a crowd favourite in Korea, where James Cheese Back Ribs originated. Thanks to its popularity with tourists, this unique concept traveled overseas, and now Torontonians can be the first in Canada to try it out. James Cheese Back Ribs can be found on Spadina, close to Chinatown.
James Cheese serves Korean-Western fusion cuisine, where they put a creative spin on traditional dishes. The restaurant worked with Executive Chef Graham Pratt from The Gabardine to come up with a menu that would suit the North American palate. Many of the ingredients are imported from Korea, and everything is handmade in-house every day.
If you’re considering a trip to the popular restaurant, we suggest trying some of their appetizers before the main event. Recommended items include the seared pork belly ($8.70), fried corn squid ($9.20), and fried chicken wings ($7.90), which is the second bestselling item.
Of course, no trip to James Cheese Back Ribs would be complete without ordering their most famous dish. This giant platter comes with racks of ribs, a heap of mozzarella and corn, and five seasonal sides, all to be cooked on a portable stove.
When you order their ribs, you get dinner and a show. The staff cook the food right in front of you, and when the mozzarella melts to the perfect gooey consistency, they expertly wrap it around the ribs and serve them hot off the pan.
The laborious process of preparing and season the ribs leaves a huge impact on the taste. The sweet and slightly spicy marinade penetrates every part of the rib, and when paired with the richness of the mozzarella and the sweetness from the corn, it becomes a heavenly combination. All the sides are tasty, and compliments the ribs. This dish is every bit flavourful as it is indulgent, and it’s great for sharing.
Visit James Cheese Back Ribs at 409 Spadina Ave. from 5pm to 11pm daily.
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Lisa is a journalism student at Carleton University and an aspiring travel writer. When she’s not struggling with writer’s block, she loves hitting up the hottest foodie spots around the city and taking photos of everything.