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Savour Mexican and Korean Flavours at Playa Cabana’s Barrio Coreano

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Arguably the biggest beneficiary of this city’s seemingly insatiable hunger for tacos has been Dave Sidhu, whose Playa Cabana mini-chain has now added its third new location in less than four years. This one’s a little different, though. Plunked down in the middle of Koreatown, Barrio Coreano blends Mexican and Korean flavours to striking effect. The restaurant’s aesthetic will be familiar to previous Playa patrons, with mucho salvaged materials serving as light fixtures, signage and the like, and an overall atmosphere that is most easily described as “red.” Somewhat less recognizable is the menu: though tacos are indeed highlighted, they feature fixings like kalbi beef and grilled octopus with wasabi.  —Craig Moy

• Barrio Coreano, 642 Bloor St. W., 416-901-5188; playacabana.ca
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