Meet the owner

Barrio Coreano owner Dave Sidhu first fell in love with Latin American cuisine during his time working in the restaurant industry in New York City and Los Angeles. “Toronto really didn’t have much of a Mexican food scene at the time,” he explains. “So when I moved back, I wanted to bring something authentic to the city.” He launched his first Playa Cabana eatery in May 2011 and has gone on to establish a number of spin-off locations across the city.

“At Playa Cabana Cantina we serve the LA Truck Taco with chipotle marinated kalbi beef and citrus slaw,” Dave explains. “I was always coming down to Koreatown to buy the Asian pears we use to marinate the meat. After spending so much time here, I thought it would be a good idea to open up a new restaurant inspired by the Korean flavours of the neighbourhood.”

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November 19, 2017

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Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 18, 2017

Service was quite quick, nearly too fasy, in all good intentions tho, the cevice was the high light of the diner the grilled calamari was really good and then every body enjoyed their tacos, will defenedly be back to eat some hreat food to some trap music

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 3/5

November 13, 2017

Amazing food , tacos are best in the city.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 11, 2017

The mains took really long to arrive, over 40 minutes. At one point we had to remind the server to check if food was on its way. It was delicious when it did arrive however there seemed to be a lack of coordination between the kitchen and wait staff. Will protentiallu go again but may be on a weekenight when it is less busy

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 1/5

November 6, 2017

DONNA WAS AMAZING!!! VERY FRIENDLY AND KNOWLEDGABLE! FOOD WAS DELICIOUS!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 5, 2017

I always have a good time. Love the atmosphere and the service

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 1, 2017

Great fusion of Mexican and Korean - delicious. Great service too.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 29, 2017

Everything was great except for a miscommunication between the kitchen and wait staff delaying a food order.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

October 15, 2017

We brought our guests here because we thought it would be a fun spot. We had a nice server. However, out food took forever. Our drinks also took awhile as well. It wasn't busy when we arrived so that could not have been the issue. Our order was not complicated: everyone had tacos. But as others who arrived later were receiving their food, ours took much longer to receive. We were told they make tacos individually from scratch (I should hope so) so we all received our orders at seprarate times, very late. Food was fine. We've tried this resto a couple of times with missteps, but there are so many great Mexican and taco places now that are pretty great, no need to come back. We really tried.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 2/5

September 21, 2017

First visit, very friendly staff, great margaritas and delicious food. We will return. Perfect stop before or after hotdoc film.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 20, 2017

Amazing food, and cool atmosphere. I've always had a great experience here

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 16, 2017

Amazing! Overall fantastic! Great food, great atmosphere!!! LOVE it! Would recommend 100%

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 6, 2017

Amazing food and stellar customer service

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 6, 2017

Love it!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 3, 2017

Our server was made aware that it was our first visit to the restaurant, and she very patiently advised us on how to order and how much to order.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 3, 2017

Busy, busy hoppin place. Not for a quiet dinner, its lively and small with a hip hop soundtrack playing overhead and lots of conversations around you. Bar and dining area is busy. But, great food, excellent service and a fun and cheery atmosphere. Our neighborhood go to for the best taco you'll ever eat...the braised short rib hard shell taco is to die for, with the tres leche cake for dessert. Perfection.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 3, 2017

the manager there is always awesome! the staff pretty much knows us by name and are always insanely friendly. if you havent tried this place i suggest you do because nothing really disappoints at all

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 31, 2017

LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS PLACE. All the Playa's are awesome, but I love how different the menu is here.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 21, 2017

As taco lovers, this is one of our very favourite taco spots! The pork rib Taco and the octopus taco are such standouts! A great choice for a fun dinner.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 13, 2017

Great place, service and food. Highly recommend the cocktails and chorizo hard taco.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

August 14, 2017

Excellent atmosphere and a great place for friends. Great music playing as well! Lots of 90's and early 2000's throwback tunes

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

August 12, 2017

Chorizo tacos were the best ever, and we make our own tacos! The spicy calamari appetizer was tender, tasty and a generous sharing portion. The pork ribs fell off the bone but could have been tastier. The pear kimchi, divine!

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

August 11, 2017

Second time we've been here, and it did not disappoint. Great service and amazing food. I always recommend to my friends.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

August 5, 2017

Awesome! We loved it, but won't be sitting at the back next time, the kitchen is open and makes that spot SOOOO hot! We were all sweating buckets, the table wasn't ideal but everything else was great.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 2, 2017

Warm, friendly atmosphere. Excellent service and food delicious. ....best ribs ever!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 30, 2017

A real gem of a spot. Great service, great vibe and amazing food. They are not shy with their flavor. We have been here many times and it never dissapoints which speaks to their consultancy. Everyone we've every brought here loves it!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 23, 2017

We loved the food and laid back style of this place. Food was outstanding. We'll be back!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 23, 2017

Everything was amazing as it always is. Those fish tacos are phenomenal.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 23, 2017

Manager Adam completed our wonderful dining experience by introducing us to their preferred Tromba tequila, and a taste of mezcal. Great ending to our meal.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 16, 2017

Very good bar

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

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If you’re looking for tequila cocktails look no further than Barrio Coreano. From Strawberry Fields to Cadillac Margarita there’s just so much to chose from on the house cocktail menu. These cocktails are well suited for any menu item at Barrio Coreano.

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Latin American and Asian street food come together at this unique Koreatown taqueria from Dave Sidhu of Playa Cabana fame. Barrio Coreano turns out traditional Mexican bocaditos with a uniquely Korean twist. Chow down on bulgogi-style barbecue beef tacos, Korean fried chicken and charred calamari with kimchi. The drink menu also keeps it collaborative with tequila-based cocktails flavoured with Asian pear; be warned, the kimchee sour has a definite kick.

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Where to eat and drink in the Annex during Hot Docs

Where to eat and drink in the Annex during Hot Docs

Open until 11 p.m. throughout the week and 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, this Koreatown fusion restaurant from the wildly successful Playa Cabana family is a great spot for a bite to eat after an evening show. The adventurous and experimental kitchen turns out traditional Mexican dishes prepared with an Asian twist thanks to the addition of regionally inspired ingredients and spices. Tantalize your taste buds with kalbi beef short ribs dressed in cucumber-radish kimchi or chicken kampungko tacos, which are slathered in a chipotle-sesame gochujang salsa for a sweet and spicy finish.

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