The last time I went to an Owl of Minerva Restaurant & Bar was more than a decade ago (wow…) back in university at the downtown Chinatown location with two friends. Since then, I haven’t really paid much attention to this family-friendly Korean franchise restaurant. I guess I didn’t have the best impression after going there after my first visit so it didn’t stick out as a place worth returning to in my mind.
However, when I went for a dinner with two friends this past Monday at the Markham location of Owl of Minerva (located in the First Markham Place plaza), I was very impressed!
The three of us happened to all order the Pork Bone Soup (KamJaTang) that night. Although it was a Monday night, there were a decent number of people dining in. (I actually recall this restaurant previously being that of the now defunct [for good reason] Lemon Tree, a Vietnamese restaurant — I recognized the layout.)
We were served the banchan first. They only served three types of banchan here: kimchi, pickled radish, and pickled seaweed. They were decent and the kimchi wasn’t even spicy at all.
Our three stone pots of PBS arrived soon.
I was so impressed with the taste of it! I haven’t had Pork Bone Soup in a while but I loved this one because the pork was so tender and fell easily off the bone, the broth was very delicious (I asked for mild spice), and it was just an overall very satisfying and delicious bowl! It was served with white rice. There was a huge single piece of potato inside the soup too.
I didn’t end up finishing the PBS and luckily had some tupperware inside my car so I could pack it away without asking for a disposable container. Yay! 🙂
For $9.99, it was such a great and cheap meal. I’m totally coming back for more PBS in the future here! 😀 I had forgotten how delicious it can be.