Ddoo Gau Bee serves a varied menu of Korean and Japanese cuisine.
I came here for dinner with a family friend because he craved some BiBimBop. The last time we went to House of Tofu Soup next door, he said it was fantastic, but I was in a hurry and couldn't afford the wait time there.
We were seated and the restaurant was pretty empty so we received pretty good service. However, the tea that was served was always just barely warm.
We ordered the bibimbop and a sushi combo. The rice dish did not have much flavor even with the sauce. Also, he was confused at how eventhough the stone bowl was hot, the rice was just warm and never developed that crispy rice shell - very disappointing. My sushi...well, there's nothing much to say about it.
As for the ambiance, they really need to invest in some new seating. Almost every booth seat was ripped, not so pleasing to the eye.
On the plus side, their prices are great. Unfortunately, the food wasn't so much - sorry. So if you're not so worried about having hot tasty food - you'll find good value here.
Had dinner a while ago, and unfortunetly came on the weekend, so missed their $20 for 5 item special. I found their menu pretty confusing and the descriptions of their food difficult to really know what i was ordering. The combos also seemed mostly in korean. I asked the waitress for opinions, and she responded with foreigners usually like these things, while gesturing to a few things. I'm like sure, i'll get those.
I got a noodle dish with black bean sauce, a seafood pancake and some stir fried beef. I found the beef a little tough, the black bean sauce noodle almost empty of contents except for a heavy black bean taste. The seafood pancake was okay, but overpriced.
The place was clean and pretty comfortable.
I may try again if i go during monday to thursday to try the 5 items for $20 special, otherwise I would not go again.
This place does Korean and Japanese food, so I didn't have huge expectations for my lunch. Fusion places usually disappoint. I think my first impression set the tone for the meal. I got seated right away by the friendly server, but had trouble when I asked about any daily specials. I don't speak Korean, so I just had the menu to rely on. I ordered a box combo with sushi and tempura. It was all competently prepared, but nothing special.
The ambiance was nothing special either, but at least it was reasonably clean. Service was prompt, and I have no complaints.
With so many other places that I have yet to sample in the neighborhood serving Japanese or other Asian cuisines, I doubt I will be back.
The pictures of the food on the outside of the restaurant looked nice-wish the food we got actually reflected what we thought would be good Korean food. An indication of the poor food selection was the 2 tiny plates of small dishes - one was the yellow pickle and other other was Kimchee. In most Korean places, you're given a better selection of small plates, at least four different ones! My hubby ordered this yummy spicy Korean Noodle and I had some kind of stirfry seafood veggie with rice. While the noodle was quite tasty and good in portion, the rice dish was so sad. Didn't taste very Korean I thought. The menu is huge but looks like a Japanese/Korean smorgasbord. The place was packed when we went on a Tuesday night, but service was non-existent. It took us forever to flag down someone to take our order and get tea. We were so surprised with this place because there are so many good Korean restaurants in this area - wish it could have been more. =(
Was here with my Korean bf and I have no idea what he ordered. Whatever it was, it was huge. On one side for both or dishes was the black bean noodle, which was okay. I've definitely had better. The other side was this noodle in spicy soup, which was also okay. His other side was this fried rice covered with a thin fried egg, I found it really oily. Everything was okay, nothing outstanding though. We also had a side of the spicy deep fried dumplings/gyoza maybe? which weren't bad. I would come back and try some of their other dishes cause the entire meal was very inexpensive.
I just want to say a few things before I start my review, firstly, I'm not a Korean food connoisseur, nor do I claim to be; I've only been here once; and I'm not too hard to please.
That being said, I tend to be a bit leary when I try Korean/Japanese restaurants because I had a bad experience before (it was a korean made chicken teriyaki), but generally most sushi that is made in the lower mainland is either by places like this, or made by Chinese people LOL.
I thought since we were in a korean place, let me order korean food... unlike the majority of my table mates who went for typical Japanese dishes, which they serve. I must say the chicken teriyaki box (sans rice I believe) was quite large for 10-10.95$. If you don't eat too much, thats enough to share for 2 people, and yes, even without the rice.
I went for jap chae, which I somehow thought was a staple korean thing, but was oddly in their "delicacies" or speciality section. It was a lil pricy at 15$ but when we got it, it was huge bowl/big serving, that honestly would be god to split between 3-4 people. I thought it was not too salty or underflavoured (like the review below me), and the veggies were nice. I generally like the natural taste, and personally thought it was balanced.
We also order some roll sushi combo which took a while, and it was pretty cheap for 2 rolls but by the time we got it I was already full from the Jap Chae!!
From my personal experience, I found the service to be pretty good, and none of the servers (mostly guys) were slacking, Everyone was busy and tried their best to cater to everyone in the restaurant, which is fairly big in size.. and was pretty packed for a Sunday evening.
It's good for group of friends or families, as the tables tend to be for bigger groups, or for smaller groups. The decor is decent, after all as long as it cleans and it doesnt hurt your eyes too much, what does it matter how pretty the interior is, you're here to eat the food!
Like I said earlier, I'm not too hard to please, so I was generally pleased with everything. The food serving was good, and that's coming from a girl who can eat more than a regular girl AND guy can (yes I know disturbing) so you can definitely get your money's worth, thats where true Asians like myself gravitate too!
I recommend you try it out, and hope you have as good of an experience as I did!
This is a good place to go if you're looking for cheap and tasty japanese or korean restaurant. On Monday-Thursday, they have a special all day long where you can order 5 dishes for $20. Great value for dinner for 2. The portion are big enough to fill you up to the brim. I recommend the kanpoongki (spicy chicken), they are excellent. The barbecue dishes are very good as well. The japanese dishes are decent, not as good as the korean dishes. I wouldn't go there specifically for the japanese food alone. Ambience is okay...it's a family restaurant. Service is quite good. The food comes out fast and the servers are friendly. They are open until 10pm. One downfall to this restaurant is that they don't serve free appetizers like other korean restaurants do. They only give two kinds of pickled vegetables (not kimchi) and I wouldn't eat them. Can't have everything i guess.
The ratings for value and food are based on PREVIOUS visits where I actually received food. Service is and always will be horrible in this place but this time I didn't even get what I ordered. Literally nothing but tea and side dish on the table.
I visited this place on a Sunday afternoon with my boyfriend and we were pretty much the first table there for lunch. Therefore I assumed that service will be quick and we will receive our food orders first before other customers that come in after us.
WRONG. SUPER WRONG.
First of all, the tea they gave was cold. This was still tolerable, though I wished I had at least warm tea served, but I thought I could just ask for a hotter pot.
Right after we sat down and started studying their crazy mess of special deals and combos pasted next to your table, people started pouring in. We decided to quickly flag down a waiter so we could place our order. After we did so, the waiter returned with our plates and ONE side dish. This, so far, was still reasonable. I've been here before with 3 people and we got 3 side dishes so I reasoned that less people would entitle us to less side dishes. WRONG. I noticed quickly that other parties of two received at least 3 side dishes. Fine, I'm patient and still thought this was tolerable since I could ASK for some more and reason with the waiter.
It eventually got busier and a large Korean family came in and sat near us, and later on another party consisting of Korean individuals sat behind them. Basically everyone around us has also ordered, and are starting to receive their food. Where was ours? The Korean tables practically got what they ordered immediately. Others around us eventually got their food as well and we were there long enough to have watched them order AND eat. Later on another group of koreans came and the same thing happened.
During this whole ordeal, we've asked the waiter a couple times for more tea, more side dishes, which never came. Hot tea, side dish refills, attention, service, food, everything ALWAYS went to the tables consisting of Koreans. We obviously got frustrated when everyone was eating and we were not and that was when the servers started to ignore us when we tried to call for them. My boyfriend managed to flag a waiter down and asked howcome everyone is eating already when we ordered and got here first? The waiter said 'just a moment' and ran off. When another waiter finally came with something that resembled our food, he placed it down and ASKED US if this was what we ordered. It was not. So I pointed onto the picture and said THAT is what we ordered. He got all pissed and took it away while the waiter that took our order yelled something in Korean which I assumed meant "that's not for them and it's not what they ordered".
We watched them serve food to several other tables and finally got fed up and left. We should have left a long time ago.
Service here has always been the worse I've ever been treated and now I wonder why I returned. Maybe for the portions I used to get for the price which is pretty much the ONLY good thing I can say about this restaurant. That is if you receive your food.
Well recommended restaurant when you're tight on budget and as hungry as a hungry man! The portion is massive and the quality is decent. It is owned by Korean and filled with Korean no matter what time of the day it is. That's certainly a great indication! I had the black bean noodle and Korean soft seafood soup noodle before, and both were marvelous especially for the price I paid. Come with a family or a big group of friends so you can order more and try different dishes.
I have been going here for the past couple years because it was pretty good before. Now its completely turned around, and I will not go back. The food that we ordered( I don't know what they were called) were either still cold inside(uncooked), too salty, too spicy(I know Korean food is spicy but it was like worse than drinking tabasco). Even the normal small portions of side dishes sucked. When we asked for more side dishes(they're free) the waitresses too so long to bring them back. Service was slow, and they were not friendly at all. value is ok because portions were fair. the restaurant sucks don't go here
So I went here on a Friday night based on the reviews I read on this website. They have their own website with an online menu, so I looked through it and decided what I was going to order before I went there.
The place was pretty busy, but we got a table within 5 minutes. Most staff are running around, so you might have to wave them down, but that's not a big deal. We were seated, and then after a few minutes, we ordered.
One thing I'd like to mention, is that the portion of some of their noodle items were huge! I was thinking of ordering 2 portions, good thing I didn't, because one was probably enough for 2-3 people. In addition to two noodle dishes, we ordered some spicy chicken dish which was pretty good, a BBQ beef dish, which came with rice and soup, which was pretty good too, and finally spicy tofu dish. I didn't bother ordering any Japanese dishes, because I went here to try Korean food.
Overall, this is a good restaurant with good portions and decent prices. Will visit again.
My friend was a fresh graduate today, so we decided to have lunch on north road after the long torment of pictures taking.
Ambiance: decent, very spacious, suitable for family gathering
Service: We were being ignored since we were sitting close to the right hand side of the counter. The staffs tended to wander in the middle of the store, and we were hardly able to gain their attention.
Food: We had a big group so we broke down into small groups in term of food sharing. My group had ordered ginseng chicken, jap chai(potato noodle), stone rice, and seafood pancake. Compared to other restaurants, this dish of jap chai was tasteless. The chief put too much onion on the dish. Nevertheless, the portion was very big in size.
I noticed the other people on our table had black bean paste noodle and some other kind of noodle.
The serving spoons for the noodles were too big in size in comparison with the bowl for eating. I noticed the people on our table were having difficulty to place the noodle on their bowl.
I've been here countless times over the last few years.
I either dine at Ddoo Gau Bee on Monday -- Thursday for the 5 for $20.00 special (so worth it, yumyumyum) or I dine on the weekend with my boyfriend and order a chicken teriyaki box! Fish instantly makes me vomit so I'm not sure if they fish is good at this restuarant, but overall its "Good."
Food: solid good but sometimes the rice comes out a bit cold.. not even warm..
Service: the staff is friendly but one time my boyfriend and i came into the restaurant and expected a hostess or server to seat us.. the restaurant wasn't full and we stood there for 8 minutes (i timed it) without anyone greeting us or directing us to sit down or wait.. so we left! and didn't eat at that restaurant for a couple months! but when they do notice you, they are nice and attentive.
Ambiance: it kind of has a weird theme to it (i don't know what the fake trees are for) otherwise its clean and decent.
*** If you want to try Ddoo Gau Bee, I suggest you dine on Monday -- Thursday and order the 5 for $20.00 special :)
I am Korean and I took few of my non-Korean friends to this restaurant for dinner. I've been there few times before, and each time the food seems to get worse and worse.
The waitress was polite and soft-spoken and she tried best to help us.
We order variety of things - bbq, noodles, sushi, sashimi and grilled dishes. All the cooked food we got were COLD and sashimi we got was FROZEN....
My friends did not eat very much and asked if this was normal for Korean food.... Obviously, I was embarrased and complained to the staff... We returned several dishes back (which were barely touched) and the owner of the restaurant was pissed off at us!!! How rude!!! She basically argued that we were wrong and we should pay for all the food we sent back to the kitchen.
There are several good Korean restaurants in North Rd area - Insadon is one of them.
If you are a Korean, please don't take your non-Korean friends here.
If you are not Korean.. I think it's better to go elsewhere.
If you don't belive my review and still wish to venture into this place... all I gotta say is.. good luck!
First time to go here with my friend. We ordered the Mild Seafood Noodle Soup, it doesn't taste seafood at all, bland, the soup is like a plain water and only 1 shrimp, 1mussel, lots of tiny octopus and white onions. The Seafood Pancake again has only few small octopus and small shrimps that's it for the seafood. The Bibimbap not convinced with the taste and we're not satisfied with the 3 foods that we ordered compared with other Korean Restos that I've been in the lower maniland.