If you haven’t checked it out yet, Smorgasburg is a local offshoot of an American outdoor food festival, and finds a whole bunch of tasty-looking eats crammed together near the waterfront. The vendors have been curated by food writer Suresh Doss, which means that unlike at a lot of food festivals like this, it’s a safe bet that everything is as good as it looks. And there’s a lot of good-looking food on offer, with dozens of vendors each serving up a handful of tempting dishes.
I got a couple of things from Nozomi, who describe themselves as serving “Asian inspired comfort food,” and yeah, it was top-notch.
I tried a couple of things. First up is the bulgogi kimchi cheesesteak, which is exactly what you want it to be. Sometimes fusion dishes can feel a bit like they’re cramming together two things that probably didn’t need to be combined, but everything here really works: the flavourful beef, the gooey cheese, and the zingy kimchi all go perfectly together. The soft roll does a great job of holding it all together without getting in the way. It’s a great dish.
The other thing I tried is a dish they call “pocos,” which based on my attempts to google this, seems to be something they made up. It’s basically a poke taco (it’s filled with salmon and seaweed), but with a crispy wonton-style shell instead of a tortilla. It’s super tasty, with the tenderness of the sauce-coated salmon contrasting very nicely with the crispy shell. Like with the cheesesteak, it takes something that could have come off as gimmicky and unnecessary, and makes it absolutely delightful.