Taking advantage of my exam-devoid weekend, I decided to participate in DTAC (oddly renamed to "Toronto Fan Days" this year) for the first time ever.
Despite it being an early weekend afternoon, all the tables were occupied. Reluctant to sit at the bar in fear of my hair and scarf absorbing greasy fumes from the kitchen, I suggested taking the baos to go.
Sriracha-slathered buns in hand, we scrambled across the street to Nohohon, hoping to sit and munch once the accompanying Japanese-inspired drinks had been obtained.
There was only one girl working behind the counter today, and she welcomed us in with a giant, bright smile.
At this point, I feel that it's important to declare Nohohon to be one of the exceedingly few food establishments in the Downtown Core to constantly maintain exceptional levels of customer service.
From their very first day of operation in late June to several brief Ritual orders to this most recent visit, I have never witnessed even a hint of ineptitude, regardless of whichever staff member is/are present. Not only are they extremely friendly, they also proudly serve customers in a positive and pleasant manner – personally delivering freshly-made drinks to the straw/napkin bar and holding the door open for customers are little things that go a long way in customer service, especially when done with a smile.
On previous (un-documented) occasions, I've had the opportunity to try their Yuzu Hot Chocolate (a wonderful citrus-y twist on a fall/winter classic) and Hot Matcha Latte w/ Red Bean (which provided instant warmth and satisfaction)
(Side note: They also offer soy milk substitutions on select menu items; I've also been notified that skim milk is soon to be added to this list as well.)
Back to the steamed baos, it felt as if the Yonge/College had prepared fluffier buns and more tender meat, as my Kalbi Bao essentially took on the characteristics of tough, leftover beef from KBBQ enveloped in a lukewarm, stale bun. In addition to this, the sauce had been smeared all over, making it a challenge to consume it with dignity.
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Sugar Marmalade isn't particularly known for fast, attentive service, nor top-notch quality, (at least not this particular location), but their Minced Meat with Rice was simple and satisfying enough to fit the bill. And, of course, access to stable Wi-Fi is always a bonus.
The holidays are almost upon us! - I can only hope that the following weeks allow for more time to deal with backlog, chores, and holstering up Christmas lights.