Restaurant Omma
By YP Contributor

Authentic, Flavourful Korean Cooking

At authentic-yet-hip Korean restaurant Omma, all dishes are personally prepared with the utmost care according to legendary recipes by chef-owner Mi-Kyum Kim, and with good cause. “Omma means ‘mom’ in Korean. We serve affordable family cooking, to share with friends. I am always here, I taste everything and plate all the servings. This is how I ensure consistency from one visit to the next,” she explains.

Omma means ‘mom’ in Korean. We serve affordable family cooking, to share with friends. I am always here, I taste everything and plate all the servings. This is how I ensure consistency from one visit to the next. - Mi-Kyum Kim, owner
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Catching the Next Wave of Asian Cuisine

Omma opened its doors in 2011, after many years of soul-searching on Mi-Kyum’s part. She needed to be sure that Montreal was ready for a Korean restaurant, since at the time, that cuisine was still rather obscure in the city. But the move turned out to be the right one: since opening, Omma has been in full sail. “We can see a bit of a trend; there was Thai food, then sushi,” she says. “Korean cuisine is still evolving throughout the world. Korea is working hard at the moment making its culture and its cuisine known globally.”

With lighter fare, and a menu featuring less deep-fried items, Omma distinguishes itself from the Mile End pack. Diners can discover or revisit the culinary side of Korea through grilled and marinated meats, as well as specialties such as bibimbap and traditional kimchi. “Our customers are trying to eat healthier, and our cooking is indeed less fatty," explains Mi-Kyum. "They also get to discover new tastes, and there’s no better discovery than our national dish, kimchi, which is reputed to be good for digestion, as well as high in Vitamin C.”

The atmosphere is familial, with Mi-Kyum’s son and daughter both assisting their mother in running the restaurant, where hospitality and inventiveness are golden rules. The menu changes with the seasons to keep the offer fresh. “We’re constantly creating new dishes, new specials, and by continually tweaking the menu," says Mi-Kyum. "We have all the mainstays, of course, but we try to make more stews and roasts in winter and tartares and salads in summer.”

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Fresh, Healthy Menu Items

Word of mouth has been a boon to Omma, attracting foodies not with flashy marketing, but by serving honest-to-goodness dishes. “We never season with MSG, for example,” says Mi-Kyum. “We have good turnover, which means our ingredients are always fresh. For example, fish comes in every other day. You can taste this commitment to freshness and our customers keep asking for more.”

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