Canadians have a reputation for being extremely nice and polite, and the service at Momofuku’s Kojin restaurant truly exemplified that and then some.
Momofuku has a significant presence in Toronto, with both a Noodle Bar and a Milk Bar at the Shangri-La Hotel downtown. But we have both of those in New York, so I wanted to go to the Toronto-specific restaurant: Kojin.
I was on a bit of a time crunch when I visited, and I made this clear (in a perhaps abrupt New York manner) to the hostess when I arrived. But she was not flustered by this, and rather incredibly accommodating, as was the server at the bar who took my order.
I had a few questions (especially about the corn flatbreads, which I haven’t seen at any New York Momofuku establishment). I was also curious about the chop salad, as these sometimes have meat in them, but I was promptly informed that the Kojin one does not.
However, the server did warn me that the Kojin chop salad is quite big—especially troublesome if I was in a hurry and yes, hungry but not THAT hungry. So instead, he offered to get me a half order (which came at slightly more than half the original price).
It turned out to be the perfect order. Not only was the salad that arrived still substantial (and just the right amount) but honestly, this might have been the greatest salad I’ve ever eaten. (The last salad I felt that way about was my usual order at Milano Market in Morningside Heights about a decade ago.)
While it’s nice that Momofuku has a restaurant special to Toronto, I truly, truly hope they consider bringing this salad (as well as those corn flatbreads) to one of its New York locations soon.