Ventured into Han Ju after passing by many times, and was particularly craving something hot on a cold, rainy day.
The menu consists of several different types of hot pot, each served with a side of rice. The menu also has bubble tea and various drinks, but I found the ambiance doesn't really add up to other Taiwanese Tea Houses. It's a fairly small space, and not really renovated. Cleanliness might be an issue as my chopsticks and the table look like they've seen better days. The pot my food was served in was a bit dirty on the side as well.
The hot pot I ordered was tasty, but had very little meat and too much of the glass noodles. Portions were smaller than other hot pot tea houses, but a couple of bucks less.
Probably won't be back.
This place...well just don't dine in because it's a wreak. Take out is a better choice.
The food isn't particularly fresh and sometimes...well...from looking at the sanitation of the place, you wonder how clean the food is. The food is extremely greasy.
ingredients are inconsistent with meats being extremely good on some days and just.....garbage leftovers on others.
taste-wise, it's not too consistent either as on some days you feel like your eating salt on rice while on others it's like boiled meat in water on rice.
I only order the rice combos there so i can't say much about the tofu hot pots but from what i have tasted in the past, it's nothing to rave about.
even if the price is cheap and the amount of food is plenty, still i think the trade off is quite unhealthy - literally.
I've been there quite a few times but the only thing I've tried was #3 on the menu (the Korean Style Noodle Pot). I love it! I have cravings for it sometimes! You can request and control the spiciness in you soup. The soup and noodles are always flavourful and hot. It's pretty cheap for $5.95 each. Sometimes my friends would get the Korean BBQ pork on rice, that looks pretty good too!
Service: I could see why some people aren't too happy with the service because more often than not, there is a long wait for a table. But that only means it's good right? I think they service is average.
Food: Great. The first time we ordered the seafood hot pot, the rice with meat and egg and the red bean dessert. Then we ordered the same thing except we switched to the Korean hot pot which was way better. Except it's just that their egg is just too small.
Service: Don't really know since I always get someone to pick it up for me.
Ambiance: A little too small.
I've been to this place a handful of times and my friends and I had a craving for it. If you're looking for great service or a nice atmosphere DON'T GO HERE! If you just want a quick bite to eat for a low cost then this is the place. I know it's not authentic korean hot pot but it's still pretty good. I either have the kimchi hot pot, noodle hot pot or the rice dish. I normally just have the mild flavour and at first you don't taste anything until you're about half way into it the soup base starts to turn red. awkward but good. Decent place since you leave pretty full.
We started going here a few years ago and it used to be really good. I’m not into the hotpot but those that ordered it would get the seafood hotpot. They really enjoyed the amount and variety of seafood. I used to get my favorite pork on rice with napa cabbage, spicy tofu, and egg as side dishes. Since then we noticed it has steadily gone downhill. I can only guess it must be new owners/management/cooks. We recently went back and still confirmed, my pork dish isn’t as moist as it used to be, the tofu not as silky, the egg overcooked, and the cabbage replaced with baby bok choi. The hotpot has steadily declined in the variety of ingredients and had a ton of noodles, hardly any seafood and only one mussel in the whole dish. It’s not the place we crave to go to anymore, but now once in a blue moon if we want to give it another try. It's still ok but given the relative decline in quality, I can't help but be disappointed.
I love to go there to eat because I really love the food, even it's not on my way to work I have to go before I go to work!
Service is no good, I guess it's ok, they just take your order, bring the the food and have to ask them for the bill and that's it. They never bring you refill or ask you anything. They never come by.
Restaurant is not that pretty inside, very average with plain wall and small tables but I come here for the food!
Cheap, yes.. good food, definitely no! Well I guess you pay little so you get little as well. The hotpots are mostly msg water. It makes you feel more thirsty after drinking it. And they are quite skimpy on the ingredients as well. As for the Korean BBQ rice, it wasn't anything special. It could easily be made at home by anyone that has a can of sauce.
My family and I have been ordering from this place for almost a year now...
The food is incredibly flavourful and the price + portion is just right. I have no complaints about the food.
Recently I went to pick up some food for take-out for someone (paying them, using someone else's money, which consisted of 10 toonies and 8 loonies). I got yelled at by a middle-aged woman to not bring so much change next time. It was not my fault because it was not even my money. She didn't look like she would listen to anything I would say next, so I just left without arguing. To say that her attitude was immature would be an understatement. The kind of yelling she did was not acceptable for customers.
That was the worst service I have ever encountered, and the stay at the restaurant was only 3 minutes! That speaks for itself.
I understand that it can be stressful working during peak hours in this industry - I've been there, trust me. However, she was not given pennies - 10 toonies and 8 loonies are not that hard to count, and if it is, then she should not be working there!
WOULD I RETURN?
The food is good - but no food would be great enough for me to go back, pay them money, just to get yelled at. Why would anybody pay money for food, just to get yelled at? That's incredibly stupid.
NOT, WORTH, IT!
I enjoy trying new things but I find myself coming back to this hole-in-the-wall when I'm in the Metrotown area. It's a small place that always seem to be busy, especially during lunch hours but its loud and crowded atmosphere makes me feels like I'm back in Asia. Simple menu with items for less than $10. I usually get the seafood hot pot with the glass vermicelli noodle in a spicy broth. I'm a healthy eater and I don't know how nutritional it is but this is my guilty pleasure.
Note: they only accept cash (there is a ATM around the corner at HSBC.
First of all, I have to say- this is NOT a korean place. I am Korean, and this is more of a korean-influenced chinese place. the most authentic thing would be the meat in the korean bbq with rice dish (which itself is not too authentic but hey, it tastes damn good). i would go back here for the korean bbq with rice for sure!! however, I ordered a kimchi hot pot once and it was terrible- sour, unappetizing, disgusting. you would be better off going to a real korean place and paying the extra couple dollars for the real deal.
Service: absolutely terrible. they are so bitter and unhelpful- I told one that I did not want the aforementioned hot pot (since it tasted terrible) and the attitude i got was basically "its your fault for ordering it"... but I didn't expect to be served something totally disgusting!
i have to say,,, the boss (that woman) is very (sigh)!
she always asks us " hey,,, not enough tips" !!!
what!? in this restaurant there is totally no service, ok?
i wait for a long time when I order my dish.
ENOUGH is ENOUGH! I wont go there twice
by the way,,,,i dont think it's a real Korean cuisine , right?
she is taiwanese !!!! ( maybe )
First bad part: We arrived during the dinner rush but I figured since we are the 3rd group, we'd get in within 15 minutes--unfortunately this turned into a full hour. What happened was, the waiter kept bumping people in front of us! (like WTF!?!) We were a group of 4, and all of the tables are in rectangles, there should be no problem seating us, right? WRONG. He first put three groups of 2 in front of everyone, because the only tables that were available could only fit 2 ppl...fine I can live with that...THEN he put another group of 2 where a group of 3 had left. This was a stupid move because the first 2 groups in line were a group of 3! Then he does it again! So, if you are counting, he just bumped up 5 groups from behind me. THEN he puts the 2 groups in front of me into the bigger tables that should fit 4. After that, we see a couple getting ready to leave, and right beside them is another couple waiting for the bill. Guess what? THE STUPID DUMB A-- WAITER SEATS THE 2 GROUPS OF TWO BEHIND ME. So in total, he let 7 groups of people in front of us... unbelievable.
Second bad part: They totally mess up our orders and then proceed to blame us for the mistake. Excuse me? We spoke in English, but we ordered in NUMBERS, AND POINTED AT THE DAMN POT. AND I SPEAK BETTER ENGLISH THAN HIM!
Third bad part: We had to ask for tea three different times before we actually got a refill (note: by the 2nd time, everyone was leaving and the restaurant was half-empty). When the waitress did come, she took our cups WITH HER FINGERS INSIDE THEM, refilled it, and then TOUCHED THE RIM OF THE CUP TO GIVE IT BACK TO US!
Fourth bad part: This is really disgusting food. The noodles were soggy and limp, vegetables had sand in them, and one bowl of soup was lukewarm!
In a nutshell: stay the hell away from this place. I don't care how cheap it is, you honestly get LESS what you pay for. You have been warned!