Korean BBQ restaurant
Food was good, although many reviewers tried out their barbecue items, there was only 2 of us and the list of the combinations seemed too much food. The server suggested us to a few rice/noodle items and we ordered the stone rice dish and a soup with meat dumplings and rice cakes. Both were really good, needless to say there wasn't much MSG in the food as well. Not too pricey for these two items, came up to less than 20 excluding tip. Although there's a 1.50 charge for refills of the sides comparing to other Korean restaurants, you get them refilled for free.
Service was excellent, although not many of the servers spoke English, their body language made us feel welcoming.
Remember to use their bell to seek for service, it's very efficient. We sat in a secluded corner and we weren't ignored!
Grab a group of 3-6 friends and head over to Insadong and order the BBQ combo MmMmm. It will work out to approximately $20 each (after tax and tip), but you will all be stuffed to the max. The meats are delicious (especially the beef and beef ribs), and what's great is that the waiters change the BBQ surface fairly often so that you aren't cooking your meat on a burnt surface. (If they don't, just ask them and they'll do it right away.) The only thing is, they do not bring you the rice unless you ask for it. And for Korean food newbies, those little appetizers you get are bottomless so don't hesitate to ask for more!
We ordered one of the barbeque sets. It was too expensive. I've eaten lots of bbq in Korea where beef is more expensive than Canada so for the price I was expecting more meat. Everything was mediocre except somehow the denjeong jigae stood out as outstanding. And those unique little pajeons were pretty good, too. It seemed like we were annoying the servers to get, well, some service! I think if we went back we would just order off the regular menu and stay away from the sets.
I don't often go for Korean food, but I was in the area and I thought it would be nice to try something new with my family. We had the meat dinner combo and it was pretty good. I really liked the small appetizers given with the combo. We were able to try many new dishes. I forgot exactly which combo, but four of us went and we were given with decent amount of food. I would definitely go back sometime.
My husband and I had dinner here last night and I felt inclined to write a review because of the outstanding service we received. Not that the food wasn't impressive - this is our go-to place for solid Korean food. The octopus/beef hotpot is delicious and the Korean BBQ dishes are plentiful and good value. One thing to note though, we found that when the kitchen prepared the BBQ dish, as would be the case if you only ordered one BBQ item, the dish is not very tasty. Much better to order the minimum two BBQ dishes and cook it yourself.
However, the service really stood out for us last night. (It was a busy night - the restaurant was full, but there was no wait at the door.) We had to change our BBQ grills four times and for three of those times the waiter simply had walked by our table, noticed that the grills were becoming blackened, and made the switches for us without us even having to ask. When it was clear that we were almost done our dinner and there was no way we were going to be able to finish our japche, a takeout container and plastic bag was conveniently placed at the end of our table. Neither of us had even noticed when that was done. Anytime we needed anything (napkins, water, etc), our requests were fulfilled quite quickly. We didn't have a chance to ever use the bell.
Overall, definitely recommend this restaurant!
GREAT place for friends and families! I have been there SO many times over the past 3 years that I cant remember the actual number of visits!
We have always ordered their BBQ combination trays, which includes choice of salad, soup, noodles and seafood pancake. Their meat is always perfectly marinated. I love their seafood salad and toufu soup.
Reservations are highly recommended to avoid long wait times. Service is always prompt despite high traffic.
On my last visit, I was there with 14 other people (most of them were visiting from overseas) in one of their private rooms. Everyone just RAVED about their food.
I have been in this restaurant a few time and every time I was there it was a pleasure for a spicy Korean style. The taste of the food was so impressive with a big portion of Kim chi and beef.
Shabu hot pot beef was my favorite food there and big.. even it was a small size. The taste was rich with a healthy vegetable and tasty Kim Chi ingredients. The service was fast and excellent as well.
Keep maintain the quality and services like this, I will be back again.
I used to go to Insadong all the time. I would order their Barbeque Set Dinner or I would go their for their regular meal. Their Barbeque is always fantastic and it is very flavorable. However, I recently went there for dinner and I ordered Japche and Bibimbap but it was not good. This time the Bibimbap had no egg on it - I've tasted many bibimbap from other restaurants as well as this restuarant so I know there is usually an egg. Service was good and everyone's always pleasant. Price was ok. I will be back there for their barbeque though...
My mom and I had lunch there early February and we were very disappointed with the service on our second visit. There was only one server on the floor so that explained why the service was so slow. I was requesting something from a server but then she went off somewhere while I was talking to her. We couldn't finish our potato noodles so we asked the server to pack the food. She used the same tong that touched the raw meat to pack our food. She apologized sincerely but we weren't very happy with the slow service and overall food quality. It had pretty good food portions for two people. I did not feel the noodles were worth that price. We may visit there again because our first visit was a very good experience.
Having been to this restaurant several times with Korean friends we decided to take some non-Korean friends to this restaurant for dinner. The meal was delicious. I was surprised to see some of the comments on this website and decided to document our experience.
-There was a lineup. Most people waiting in line were pleasant and friendly. We met some new people and discussed with them some suggestions on things to eat. Most people recommended the seafood hotpot. Since one member in our party had a food allergy we decided not to order this particular dish.
- The barbeque combination was delicious. The food portions were perfect and the waitress that served us was very pleasant. Some of our friends had never tried Korean food, so we ordered a smoked salmon salad. They loved it. The hostess noticed their enthusiasm and recommended a 'beef' salad. Since we had never tried that dish we ordered it and liked it as well. The korean traditional bean soup (dwenjung chigae) was very good. The side dishes were very fresh and we were surprised our Canadian friends liked the kimchi. The waitress actually asked us if we wanted more side dishes and dropped by the table several times throughout the night. She received a nice tip.
- We were happy to see the old, worn menus in that we knew that the prices had not changed. Prices/portions haven't changed since we started visiting this restaurant a year ago.
I read the reviews below and was surprised by some of the comments. We had a great dining experience.
Restaurant highly recommended.
Especially like the grill combo for 2~ 3 people because my boyfriend and I can get to try different kinds of korean dishes at one order. My boyfriend personally likes grilling the meat and eat it with a piece of raw slice of lettuce together. The hot pot combo tastes delicious as well with variety of seafood (a must for seafood lovers!) Also, I really like the idea of service bells, because customers dont have to spend time waiting to get attention, especially during peak hours. Insadong is a well-recommended restaurant for korean food lovers!
We had no trouble getting a table even without reservations. This was at 6:15 on a weeknight. The restaurant is big and airy, but it was downhill from here.
10 minutes after having a seat, still nobody came by to check up on us. I finally had to wave down a waitress, who didn't speak English. She called another waitress who took our order.
My husband quickly got his order, but after 30 minutes of waiting I still didn't have mine. And all this time, NOBODY came by to check up on us or at least apologize for the delay. Meanwhile the waitress who took our order checked up on the table behind us at least 4 times! I again had to wave down a waiter who checked the kitchen and said it would be another 5-10 minutes. I asked if they forgot my order and he denied it.
So an hour after arriving, I finally get my food, but at this point I was so seething mad that I just wanted to get the hell out of there. By the way the food wasn't even good. It was supposed to be grilled but it was so oily I wonder if it was fried.
Anyway, I don't get the concept of a restaurant that gives you RAW food that you are paying to cook yourself. What does the chef do? I guess that's why they didn't know what to do with my order - "Huh? What do you mean *I* have to cook this? That's the customer's job!". And by the way, the place was full of Koreans (I guess that's a good sign) and we were the only non-Koreans there. I wonder if that's why we were ignored?
We read some of the reviews on this site and decided to make the trip from downtown Vancouver. Sure enough, when we arrived we noticed a long line-up of people. With two hungry kids, we were about to try a different restaurant, but decided to wait for a few minutes.
The first impression was great. While the restaurant was very busy we could see that the folks working at the front desk were genuinely concerned for us. They kept checking on us and gave us regular updates as to when our table would be ready.
The food was delicious! The side dishes were by far the best Korean side dishes we've tried . The Kalbi barbeque meat was marinated to perfection and the meat quality was of high grade standard. (My wife loved the kimchi and was happy when they packed some for the trip home!)
We've been back twice and try to make a regular trip once a month. On our last outing, we tried the cold noodle dish. I've tried this before but was curious as to why Insadong's "Naeng-myun" tasted so good. The host explained that Insadong makes their noodles fresh in the back.
Insadong - Please let us know when you open the next location! We enjoyed eating fresh, delicious, healthy food!
Great dining experience!
I've been to this restaurant 3 times now within the last few months. It's pretty darn good and you can tell by how busy it is. The staff is generally young, friendly, and efficient. Great side dishes. I recommend their seafood pancake and bibimbap. I've eaten better japchae though. Their BBQ is alright.
Great atmosphere -- it looks very clean except the floor should be swept more often under the tables. Cutlery and plates are spotless though.
It's best to go w/ more than just 2 ppl so you can share the dishes and order the larger dishes.
...if you want decent priced for decent portion sized Korean food. Most Korean places give you tiny portions and charge you an arm and a leg in Lower Mainland, but this is definitely a great place to go for good Korean BBQ food. Go for the combos because they are huge and worth it (about $20 per person). Be forewarned though, you should make reservations at least a day in advance if you're going during dinner time and don't want to wait. It's the best Korean place to go to in Coquitlam, so it's always busy like mad.
I've been there twice only, if I have a chance, I'd have visit this restaurant more often. They have SO Much food that we had a hard time to finished it. Mr Cityhunter was worried that there not in buffet style, could it be enough to feed his tummy, it was proven that he worried too much!! First time we have 4 friends to visit, and we ordered the combo B, which we thought it's for dinner for 4, it includes:meat, and meat, and more meat! haha, seriously, they comes with a bowl of udon, choice of pancake and japche, unlimited refills of sidedishes, vegetable (in case you bbq it, it's for wrapping the bbqed meat, which is quite refreshing i found) some seafood (mussell/oyster) It was amazed we stuffed it all in! The service of this place i gave it a 4, because of the wait is very long. Well both times we did not make a reservation, food was very good, but we only tried their BBQ combo, ambiance is quite solid, hey, u go there for their food! just a bit smokey at the door, but u'll forget about it during the eating process. Overall is quite outstanding.
I've been to this place three or four times, and the food quality has always been excellent. The small hot pot is actually large enough to feed two people (a good mix of veggies and meats), and the sauces are amazing (one is a yellowish-orange sauce that has a hint of cheese or something; very interesting taste). The waiting time for a table is worth it. The servers don't rush you, and unlike in some other Korean restaurants, you get refills on water when you need it (just press the little bell on the table). It can get a little too warm and noisy during dinner, though.
This used to be my favorite Korean restaurant, but not any more. Went there last week with my mom for lunch. I had the grilled mackeral which came out on a plate instead of a hot castiron plate. It tasted fishy and not fresh. The beef rib stew that my mom had a ton of meat in it. I'd rather have quality meat rather than a huge quantity of ok meat.
On a prior visit with three other people, we ordered the asst'd bbq platter. On my way to the washroom I saw a raw platter with asst'd meats and shellfish just sitting bottom of the cart in the hallway. Minutes later I think I saw the same platter on our table. Halfway through grilling the meats, I plucked out a crumpled piece of paper from the platter.
This is still my family's favorite restaurant ( we're Korean by the way ), so I will just have to be extra careful what I eat there from now on.
Insadong is a very popular restaurant, even on weekdays. Reservations don't necessarily guarantee that you won't have to wait; in fact, even with reservations, expect to wait at least 10 minutes. I've tried their BBQ packages, their hotpot packages as well as ordering off their menu. In every aspect, you get generous portions for your money. I once went with 2 other friends, we all threw in about $20 dollars each; we couldn't finish the food and each of us had a good doggy bag lunch for the next day.
The service fluctuates, depending on the day of the week and the volume in the restaurant. I eventually learned a few things: you don't always have to ask the server to get something. For example, plastic bags or little paper take out boxes, you can probably get that yourself at the staff counters. However, if you're on BBQ or hotpot, the staff is pretty ardent in making sure your fire is good and your grill is clean.
One thing I've learned as a server is that you would be more inclined to be helpful and nice to those who encourage that kind of behavior! Being rude won't help. Always tip a good amount and they might remember you! Because, they sure remembered me :)
... from eating at this place last week! The amount of food that you get here is unbelievable. $59.99 for the BBQ combo for two people may seem expensive at first until you see all the food that you get.
Be prepared to smell like you sat in a BBQ smoker for hours as your clothes and hair will reek of it when you leave the restaurant. Also, if you are not prepared to wait for a long time for a table, get there early. Lots and lots of what looked like Korean visitors by the tour bus full came pouring into the restaurant at 7:00ish.
The busier the restaurant gets, the worst the service gets too. So get there early, put your order in right away and then enjoy the food.
I'd take my mom here.