Kyung Bok Goong is a stylishly decorated, spotless Korean BBQ restaurant on the North Shore. The menu offers a nice selection of DIY dishes that you cook right at your table and all sorts of Korean classics.
Me and the significant came in for dinner the other night.
We live in North Van and there aren't many Korean restaurants in the area so we decided to give it a try.
We were seated quickly and there were only two wait staff on when we came in and the owner?
Some tables have a service bell so when you need the staff just press the button.
We pressed the button a few times, I think they were having dinner at the same time when we wanted to order (they sat in the front of a tv watching Running Man while eating) so it took some time for them to come and take our order and give us some tea/water.
We ordered two Tong Galbi for $28.95 per order (they told us we had to have minimum 2 orders while it says on the menu you can order one but the waitress told us that its only available at lunch when later our friends told us that they ordered one so we were kind of like ... what the heck) and we thought it would be quite a lot of meat, but to our suprise it was four longish pieces of meat and really not worth the price. The waitress had trouble trying to light the grill as well as trying to place the meat on the grill until my boyfriend told her that we can do it ourselves. I'm not sure how fresh the meat was either because it was all grey but it could be the marinade? I was really hesitant in eating it but it tasted all right the side dishes were fresh and plentiful though.
One thing we thought was weird was when the waitress stood in front of our table while we ate... it was really awkward. I'm not sure if she was watching us but it seemed like she was... lol.
Overall we probably wouldn't go back since we know we can get the same quality bbq meat elsewhere (and more quantity) as well as we were questioning the freshness of the bbq meat. Plus the staff were kind of strange.
I've been in North Van for a long time and I've always noticed this restaurant as i pass by but never dined in. I finally decided and took my friends this past weekend to Kyung Bok palace. We should have never went.
We ordered the BBQ COMBO for 4 and the amount of food we got was crappy. The amount of meat they gave us couldn't even feed a full grown man. Absolutely crappy but we were hungry so we ordered more meat which is additional 28. You'd think that's a fair amount of meat for that amount of pricing right? heck no!!! the meat they brought out was not worth the extra $28. It was insulting! I've been to other Korean bbq restaurants in greater Vancouver and for a bit cheaper, we got "all you can eat " meats!
If you don't believe me, please by all means go and waste your money and see for yourself. The taste was overall good but you can get that elsewhere for cheaper and more.
My overall rating is 1/5 only because they actually served the food.
Well I came on here and people said the food was good and my bf said the food was okay. So I go and I get the BBQ and I get the short ribs or something and the assorted meat and it all comes with 6 side dishes. well the meat was horrible. I didnt like any part of it. It's small portions if you really think about it. And its expensive. The Beef one was 19.95!!! and you get 2 rolled up peices of beef and you have to Grill it yourself on this little grill in the middle. Its like paying 20 dollars for a crappy steak very thin and it was brown. Didn't look good raw and certinly wasn't good cooked. I won't be returning.
My friend and I went there tonight since we like the other Kyung Bok Goong in Richmond. We got a table by window and ordered bbq beef. We saw owner used electricity tenis rack to catch flys in kitchen area for over 30 minutes, and we wished the dead fly will not drop into our food.
Finally we got our food served, we found their is a very tinny bug (or fly) on our lettus. Waitress was so surprised when my friend point out that to her. Since I am in restaurant industry, and I can tell their beef is not very freshly prepared on the same day or a day early. However, taste is still ok. Their side dishes are good. The beef doesn't come with rice, so we need to order seperated. They couldn't serve ice water because they said water quality is not good to serve. Well, I could tell when I saw a fly on my lettus.
However, service is good and fast. They even change our bbq rack twice during our meal.
I went with a group of 7 and we actually had to physically leave the table and grab the waitress to get tea. Our meal took over 45 min to arrive and the seafood pancake tasted fishy. The nicest part of the meal was the table in the sun. I would not go back.
This is the second time for me to try Korean food. My friend and I order a dinner combo for 2. Their BBQ and Kimchi are extremely good. However, their services are not really good. I only saw two waitress working around and the boss (I think) was just stay inside the counter. I need to get a glass of eater by myself. Overall, the food is good, the services is bad, the ambiance is Ok.
i've visited Kyungbokgoong a couple of times.
sadly i don't think their service improve over the time.
the food is pretty okay, considering my high expectation as a korean. their kimchi is better than the most. the portion is usually a lot for me - which i can't really complain.
and as long as you avoid the peak hour, it's not too overcrowded.
what really annoys me is their service... they always make excuse whenever they can't serve certain food. i don't know if there are enough waiters, but most of the time they are not attentive. it's even worse when the place is filled with people. you have to wait half an hour to get some water. (eventually i had to go get it myself.)
i know it's just a beginning for them... so i intend to wait a while. but if this inadequate service continues, i doubt if i'd want to go back.
I love Korean food, but have always been disappointed by the restaurants in BC. It's so much better in the US. Don't get me wrong, there are some good korean restaurants in Vancouver, but they usually are not consistent or the cleanliness leaves something to be desired or the service is pretty bad.
Kyung Bok is probably the best. It's clean, service is pretty good, and the food is good. They opened a second location in Lansdowne Mall, the service is not that great there, but the food is very good and it's clean.
I'm not a food expert but I've been to other "high class Korean restaurant" and I can tell you the food here is even better than those acclaimed 4-star restaurants by word of mouth. At first I was skeptical reading all the poor reviews of this place, but I did not regret trying out. Definitely will go back when I'm in the mood for Korean BBQ, especially when it comes to cheap all-you-can eat. I had very prompt service, except there are times when they don't quite understand what you need. They charged us the bill of one more person but they quickly fixed it afterward, not a problem.
I don't know about food quality or anything, the meat does not seem that appealing (but perhaps for the better so you know not a lot of preservatives are used) but the taste is next to greatness. They tend to use a lot of black pepper (hopefully not to mask the spoilage) but no food poisoning so far. Like any other Korean restaurants, be prepared to get dehydrated after your overnight sleep. All I can say is, go try it yourself, don't believe what you read (except for mine) and judge it yourself. Oh, don't bother with the sushi. We went at 8 pm on a Sunday, maybe that's when the batch is at its best quality at the time.
We had a beef soup and the seafood pancake both of which I would recommend. The accompanied 'garnishes' were very good, especially the lettuce.
The service was very poor, it took 15 min to flag down a waitress to get the bill and we did not get a refill of tea, although; I must commend the owner for explaining each dish to us and making recommendations.
The place was full of Koreans on a Tuesday night so there must be a reason that it won Vancouver Sun's "Best Korean Food 2006" award.
I recommend it for the food
I've passed by this restaurant numerous times, and never thought of going there. After a recent trip to Korea, I have developed a craving for Korean food, so I decided to give it a try.
The place is run by Koreans. Each table seems to equip with the bbq facility. We ordered the short ribs with house special sauce. Unfortunately, we were told that the bbq won't be lighted unless there is more than one order. Make sense to me. So the ribs were prepared in the kitchen and served on a cast iron plate. The marinate was amazingly delicious and the meat is incredibly tender.
The two of us were getting full after this short ribs dish and all the wonderful side dishes (4 different kinds). Don't know why but I decided to order one more dish: stir fried squid with vegetables and noodle in spicy sauce. The server asked to make sure that we can take spicy food. Very nice of her. When the dish came, it blew our minds off. The serving size is 3 times bigger than what it shows on the menu. The noodle was cooked just right; it was served cold, which went well with the hot sauce. The squid was a bit chewy. The flavour was well balanced. Another fantastic dish. We were too full to finish even half of the plate. The server came and asked again to see if it was too spicy.
We left with two full belly but leftover for next day dinner. We'll be back.
I've been to this place a few times. After the first time, unimpressed with my meal, I didn't make an effort to go back. The second time, I went with some friends because one of them had a craving. The food was better. The last time I went, again, the food was good. Service is decent. You need to be a bit aggressive here but I realize it's because they might be understaffed. It's the Korean equivalent of a diner or Red Robin's, I'd say.
I've told my parents time and time again to NOT go back to this poorly managed restaurant, but they seem to want to give them one more try for kindness sake. But no more! Last time we went during the holiday, everything about the place was STILL dissapointing. We had made a reservation for 11 people, they TRIED to stick us into the first table for 6!! Thank goodness for my dad's bluntness that we got a room (we had made the reservation 1 week ahead of time and they still got it wrong). It took them forever to give us the tea pot, which we requested 2 b/c there were so many of us, but they refused, so we kept on asking for a refill b/c one pot fills 6 cups at a time.
The bbq meat looked like it hasn't been used for months. They were cheap on the apperatives (ie. kimchi, bean sprouts) and did I mention that they were nowhere to be found when we needed service?
And worse of it all is that they used to serve the syrup rice as dessert, but no more, oh no more! After spending over $300, they said that they no longer provide 'this item". Even the cheapest chinese restaurant gives you SOMETHING for spending so much money.
I will NEVER go there again. If anything, cross the bridge to DT vancouver and enjoy the other korean restaurants who will not put you in this uncomfortable situations from the start.
It offers good authentic Korean food with all standard side dishes. I went to lunch recently, and had one of bento set, which was great deal. Highly recommended. I also love their bim bim ba (ENG spelling may be worng).
FYI - I noticed most of reviews below are quite old. I've been to this places a few years and I think ownership had changed sometime in 2007.
Korean friend of mine who was visiting Vancouver for just over 1 year said this is by far the best Korean place in all of Vancouver. He went to many places in Burnaby, Vancouver and Coquitlam. Food is ok, but I don't know what Great Korean food should taste like. I'm always curious, did we get preferential treatment because he spoke to them in Korean?