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mrsparkleVancouverSince February 28, 20112 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.6)
  • Food4 (4)
  • Service3 (3)
  • Value4.5 (4.5)
  • Ambiance3 (3)

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Mondo Burger12251 No 1 Road, Richmond
Great Char on My Mondo Burger
Submitted Monday, February 28, 2011 - 10:55pm [Dine in]

I came to Mondo Burger with my burger club around noon on Sunday. There were around 16.5 of us and we had a great time.

Lots of options for burgers, and aside from the more common beef, chicken and salmon burgers there were also bison, snapper and kangaroo patties to choose from. Prices ranged from 5.95 to 8.95, and all burgers come with the standard greens, as well as the option to add caramelized onions and sriracha mayo at no extra cost. Extra add-ons, such as bacon, cheese and such are $1 each. Given the inflated prices I'm used to seeing at some Vancouver burger joints, I thought this was pretty reasonable.

I had the Mondo Burger (a basic beef burger) with the standard greens, caramelized onions, sriracha mayo and also added sauteed mushrooms, fried eggs and cheddar cheese. I have pretty high standards, and tried to keep my expectations in check, but Mondo Burger exceeded them. The patty:bun ratio was spot on - the beef patty exhibited uniform thickness and showcased a nice, carbon-laced char from the griddle. As I grabbed the burger, the squishiness of the bun revealed itself and secured the beefy cargo tightly. The juiciness of the burger revealed itself upon first bite (cardinal sin would be a dry patty) and the cornucopia of flavours melded together for awesome effect. The runniness of the egg yolk complemented the burger nicely, as did the cheese, onions and mayo. I believe the coarseness of the grind and the quality of the beef, as well as the grill cook's precise timing contributed to a great burger, which was 8.95 inclusive of the add-ons. I also added a fries sampler platter to my order. The fries were crispy but slightly bland without the curry mayo I used to dip them.

The server was unflappable and managed our large group very well. The one or two order mix ups that occurred he quickly rectified - no fuss.

If there was one area for improvement, it would be related to the open kitchen environment - a little bit of smoke built up in the restaurant from the griddle action, although at no point did this become uncomfortable/a cause for concern. I'll be back.

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Kyung Bok Palace5300 No. 3 Road, #720, Richmond
Great Value & Reliable Service
Submitted Monday, February 28, 2011 - 10:21pm [Dine in]

It's interesting to see the divergence in opinions on this site. My girlfriend and I have dined at this restaurant three times and enjoyed the unpretentious environment, excellent value ($20 for 5 dishes after 9pm) and solid food. We've been full and satisfied every time, and really appreciate the diversity we can have in a meal for two, especially since the restaurant also provides the standard banchan dishes (potatoes, kimchi, bean sprouts) with each meal.

The bibimbap, jap chae and short rib were comparable to the other reliable Korean landmarks I dined at in Downtown Vancouver. I particularly enjoyed their kimchi pork dish. None of the dishes left me thirsty and the flavours were balanced overall. As I recall there are over 15 dishes one can choose for the 5 after 9 deal.

I haven't had the AYCE BBQ or ordered from the standard menu yet. I see there are some traditional Korean soups and stews I'd like to try sometime. They have bo ssam, which is the inspiration for one of David Chang's signature dishes - can't go wrong with pork butt!

I can imagine that some people wouldn't be happy with the service, as the servers do get quite busy and it's quite a large restaurant. However, when we got their attention they were always helpful and provided what we asked for. For the prices they charged, I thought the service was quite good.

The restaurant can get a bit smokey if you are sitting close to tables that are barbecuing, so it's probably best if diners leave their wool coat/other fancy clothes in the car, lest your coat smell of beef short rib.

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