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Grab Korean picnics with boozy watermelons from this downtown Montreal restaurant

Since moving to downtown Montreal from the Mile End, the Korean restaurant Omma's doing all the right dishes—plus a couple new twists.

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If there's one wonderful pivot to come out the pandemic, it's this: Booze-filled watermelons from Omma, the Korean restaurant in downtown Montreal that OG locals will remember from the Mile End.

Dubbed the subak-soju (subak meaning watermelon in Korean), it's a popular cocktail that involves a watermelon that's hollowed out and then refilled with its own juice plus a few bottles of soju. With a few umbrellas stuck into its rim and served with actual glassware that you can enjoy in the park across the street or on the restaurant's terrasse? It's perfect for two or three people, and it's only $38!

The only catch is that you need to order it 48 hours in advance—it takes time to hollow out a melon and refill it with booze, you know?

Omma
Photograph: JP Karwacki
Omma
Photograph: JP Karwacki

Alongside that, Omma can put the subak-soju together with a bunch of picnic items that range from dak nalge tigim, crispy chicken wings served with a spicy Korean sauce, and fried pajun seafood pancakes to burgers made with bulgogi. Anyone who wants original dishes that the restaurant's chef Mykium Kim is known for can have those added into the basket as well, like kimbap rolls and mandoo (fried dumplings that are filled with vegetables or beef).

Omma
Photograph: JP Karwacki

The Korean restaurant Omma is located at 51 Rue Ontario Ouest, right alongside the Quartier des Spectacles.

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