It was late, we were peckish, Bubble World had a huge line-up and this was the only place that looked interesting that was open.
I had read the reviews so I was hesitant about trying this place, but was plesantly surprised. Maybe they read the bad reviews and made changes.
We aren't Korean but the server was helpful.
Most dishes are priced at around $15 and are large enough to share.
I ended up trying the seafood salad, which was yummy. It reminded me of the subway seafood and crab mix. It had baby shrimp, squid and lots of roe mixed with lettuce, veggies and a creamy mayo sauce.
They gave us a complimentary whole grilled mackarel on a sizzling hot plate. This was so yummy we wanted another one, so they gave us another one for free.
We asked about the little Korean side dishes but they don't do that here... they did give us complimentary kimchi that was a bit too sour and some soup with beansprouts and veggies.
Overall I liked this place, it may look like a Japanese tapa's place but it's different. The food's Korean and the portions are huge. I wish they did smaller tapa sized dishes because unless you go with a huge group it's hard to try their different dishes. Also, unless you want something alchoholic, their beverage selection is really limited.
All of the other clientele were Korean, so it's probably authentic.
Excellent deep fried gyozas! Skin seems breaded like Shanghai plain buns (10pc for $7.95). The batter to filling ratio is perfectly balanced--juicy & light! Seafood pancakes ($13.95) aren't too thick w/dough like most places seem to be guilty of. Sometimes the centre gets a little soggy, but still not intolerably so. I'd pass on the "hotpot" (spicy soups) ($14.95 for seafood). The rice plates are all generously LARGE portions! I mean large enough for several ppl to share. The bulgogi rice has a PILE of beef & very tastily marinated at only $8.95 served w/half a plate of rice. The assorted BBQ skewers are tasty & well worth $13.95 for 14 sticks (a pair each of pork, chicken, mushrooms, rice cakes, green/red peppers, fish cake & sliced sausages! The fried rice topped with a sunnyside egg is delicious as well! To top off all of that, most nights (or every night except maybe if they run out?) well into your meal, you will likely receive complimentary of the Rakuraku, a BBQ mackeral on sizzling hot plate free!. Lots & lots more food to share or stuff yourself silly!
Tap water in a jug so order your choice of beer/soju/pop/OJ.
If u're seated by the usual female server & u aren't given a menu right away, don't just sit around waiting for it to come--chances are, it never will--so wave her down or get one of the male servers & ask for one. The food comes quick & the service isn't snooty, it just seems absent if u aren't more actively grabbing their attention. Half (or all of) the time, when they're filling up, watching the waitress clean tables is rather shocking as everything gets swept onto the floor/benches w/her dish towel while she's in a hurry to get people seated. Good thing is, there doesn't seem to be a build-up of filth on the floor so this should mean that they do a proper job of cleaning and mopping up at the end of the night.
Visa, M/C & interac. They seem to stay busy nightly w/walk-ins. Clientel mainly young & Korean.
Granted, free mackeral is a nice touch and there hasn't been a Korean place that I've been to ever that has given that as an appetizer. However, I have also never gone to a Korean restaurant where they charge $23 bucks for essentially Kim Chee and Spam luncheon meat in some sort of nebulous soup. Amazing..
Saturday night at this Korean restaurant is okay but don't hold your breath for something special - it's not likely to be the case.
The crowd was very young as was the waiter. It was like a youth club but hey ho, if you're hungry you'll take the risk all in the name of 'atmosphere' and 'experience'. Alcohol is served and was being 'enjoyed' to the extreme.
The service was below average as was the restaurant decor. The food portions were big, tasty and good value for money - the major/only real positive factor. Our waiter couldn't tell us what we were being served, when we asked him a specific question about our dish he responded with "I don't know, I don't cook the food" and left it at that. Yes. No lie.
Tables and guests are close. It gave us a great view of a lad on a neighbouring table spitting his food out onto the floor. In case we'd missed it first time he did it about four times more and nearly hit the waiter's shoe with his last attempt. We weren't sure if he didn't like the food or the waiter's footwear and didn't wait around to ask. Nobody else seemed to mind the performance.
If you want to eat in a Korean youth club on a Saturday night this is your place. Otherwise be prepared for big portions and big problems.
After doing some shopping at Metro, my friend and I decided to come here for dinner. We ordered their bibimbap, seafood salad, and spicy chicken on a hotplate. I've been here several times before and I always order their bibimbap. I think it's one of the best I've had. Their seafood salad is not bad, but it was pretty expensive at $16. Their spicy chicken wasn't bad either but I also thought it was expensive. For drinks, we ordered soju with yogurt and I could barely taste the soju.
There is definitely better Korean food out there but I know I'll probably return for their bibimbap.
Last night I went out with my friends to Rakuraku Korean Cuisine located at Metrotown area. It was late at night so the place was pretty quiet. There were 15 of us so I expected the food to take quite a while to be ready. Surprisingly, within 10 minutes, almost all of the food was ready (with the exception of the food that is really supposed to take longer to cook). The portion was huge and the food was delicious. The only downside to the restaurant is the décor (the décor was a little bit hectic). But overall, it did not affect us to enjoy our meal
I would have to say the ambiance is probably one of their better traits. Think Japanese Izakaya but Korean style and Burnaby. Their food is not bad, but nothing outstanding either. I guess what I'm trying to say is I have gotten better for better prices elsewhere. Oh, and where's all the extra Korean condiment side dishes? I always look forward to these at Korean cuisines. Service is friendly and fast.
I came here tonite expecting some good korean food. We wanted to order beef bulgogi but they ran out and the waitress recommended their spicy pork instead. The pork was over cooked and vegetables were like mush. We ordered rice but it took over 15 min to come. We also had their gyozas which were filled with grease. When she plated the dish, one of the gyozas fell on to the table without an apology. Their service is definitely poor. I doubt i will be ever coming back here.
Highly recommend seafood pancake to anyone wanna try something new. Also the squid tampura are one of the best out there. Also they have a $2.00 Udon or Ramen, don't bother to try them :p
But their services are totally crap, let's treat your korean clients like kings/queens and ignore other races like street rats.
Also try look up the ceiling and check out those few inches dusts between their bamboos, yuck! I'm scared they will drop on my foods anytime :(
My boyfriend and I had the seafood udon and japchae. Both were really worth it for the price! Total bill came to about $22 and we were both so full, and had plenty of leftovers to take home. Before our orders came, we also got the complimentary mackeral...it was so delicious. The actual menu price is about $6 so I wonder how they can afford to give every customer one of these. The seafood udon had TONS of seafood in it...we totally were not expecting that. The udon was sooo delicious. I'd say the taste was better than that of yakiudon from authentic Japanese restaurants. The japchae was a little too soft for my taste. I prefer Cho Sun's japchae because it's more chewy. My only advice is don't let the menu scare you off ... the pictures don't do the food justice.
got seated quickly and the complementary dish came right away. my boyfriend ordered a rice dish and i ordered pretty much the same dish but with udon noodles instead. his came out in 15 minutes. after waiting for another 10 minutes, we asked the waiter about mine. he said "it's coming." so i spent the night picking at his rice while waiting for my udon. yep it didn't come at all. we had to ask them again where our second dish was, at which point the same waiter said "oh yah.." and went to check with the kitchen. after some discussions, a waitress came to apologize saying it would take another 20minutes for my noodles because "the kitchen had made a mistake." worst experience ever. in the end, i doubt it was the kitchen's fault. fucken waiter; what a dick
So a friend's friend said that this restaurant was not only cheap, but good. That's a combination that I like, but I'm reserved about it until I actually try it out myself, which is exactly what I did, woohoo!
First thing which surprised me about this place is that no panchan (those little, side dishes which are practically ubiquitous amongst all Korean restaurants) were served. No panchan - arrrgggh!!! No biggie, I'm a big boy, but I must admit that part of the joy for me in Korean food is the panchan *sniff* *sniff*
On to the stuff we got - jap chae (tasty, but I thought the noodles were a lot gooey-er than other places I've had), the beloved seafood pancake (very good), bulgogi ribs/kalbi (good, but what's with the massive bottom layer of onions? Oh, I know, it was a ruse to make the dish seem bigger than it really was, i.e. not too many pieces of meat were on the plate), kimchi stew hot pot (very good. one of my favorite dishes since I find sour, spicy dishes always whet my appetite), and seafood yaki udon (very good, but not something I would regularly order).
Like another reviewer said, I found the service to be sub-par. We found ourselves twice going up and getting chopsticks and bowls ourselves.
Would I go back to this place? If it was closer to where I lived, a hesitant maybe, but since it's not, then no, especially since my beloved panchan went missing.
This is probably the harshest thing I have ever said. When my girlfriend and me went to rakuraku it was kinda empty. We sat and the complimentary dish came, was fine and I ordered beer. So we chatted and ordered food, while our food was being served the restaurant was getting busy. A bunch of fat korean guys came looking for a place to sit. They saw us and told the waiter to ask us to move to a smaller table. So while my girlfirend and I were eating, this stupid waitress and her partner come and ask us to move while we were eating our fcukin dinner. I was zapped and lost it. I asked for the check packed my food and left. Fcukin preposterious, never want to ever go there. The worst experience I have had. Please dont go!!!!