Cho Sun is a friendly, authentic Korean BBQ restaurant that serves up all the classics, including your own personal table BBQ.
A co-worked and I went for lunch laast week and we were greeted immediately by a friendly gentlemean and seated right away. One person gave us our menu and a 2nd took our order and the 1st person served our condiments, I can't remember who served our lunch. I'm pretty sure it's a family run restaurant and no one person seems to be responsible for a specific section. We both ordered the hot stone bowl with rice, veggies, raw egg yok, and other items with a medium spicy sauce. It was $9.95, tasty and a satisfying lunch. There's nothing special about the ambience but nothing negative either. There are lots of "hole in the wall" restaraurants along Kingsway and Joyce area; I've tried a few - just once though - and although I wouldn't go out of my way to do dinner here, Cho Sun is solid choice for lunch.
I went on a Saturday night and it was very busy. Wanting to order as soon as possible, I grabbed the menu before my friend and I got a table.
The menu showed a variety of choices from bbq plates to sushi to fried rice. However, the menu is not very descriptive. Sometimes it was hard to tell why a particular dish was so expensive.
For example, we saw an item that read, "tofu with pan-fried kimchi", priced at $14.95. On the same category, there was another entree that read something like, "Plate of Rare beef" for $10.95. So I wondered, "Why is a plate of tofu with kimchi more expensive than a plate of beef?" Since I was curious to see what kind of "exotic" tofu and kimchi I might get, I decided to order it. It turned out it was a very large dish of kimchi mixed with beef, and with tofu around the dish. Very tasty and not too spicy.
The second dish we ordered was the rice cooked in a stone bowl. The flavour was a bit bland, but not bad. It was possible that our taste buds were temporary numbed by the first dish (tofu with kimchi).
The ambiance was quite nice, but the service was not. Our tea cups were not even filled once during dinner. And it was hard to get a waitress attention.
Overall, Cho Sun offers authentic Korean food at inexpensive prices. Next time I want to go back and try their bbq dishes. It smell very good.
First time at this restaurant
my daughters and I went for late lunch on the weekend. It was 3:30pm and still quite busy.
we were seated right away. our order was taken a few minutes later
our food arrived in a timely manner.
the food was pretty good.
but the service was SLOW and non exsistent.
didn't see the "guy with glasses" as mentioned in previous posts. Thank goodness I went to the restaurant first before checking the online reviews or I never would have went!!!
So this was my first time trying Korean bbq, but it exceeded my expectations! The food was delicious. I've never grilled or barbecued so I thought I'd mess up the meats (such a girl of me!). But even I could cook the meats! The meats were soo tender! I loved the marinates. The spicy pork isn't spicy at all though. I loved the little side dishes even though I don't like kimchi. We got there at 7:10 pm or so on a Friday night, we got seated within 15-20 minutes. The service was sorta slow but we didn't need much attention since they give you all your foods and you do what you like with it. Excellent food. Atmosphere is ok, since it's smoky and very busy.
Not many restaurants require you to cook your own food, but this place does :) Makes the chefs' job easier.
Food: Most of the meat and fish you will get is raw, and you have to cook it yourself. How your food turns out is up to you. The cuts of meat seems to be well cut, and free of too much fat.
With your meal, you get a whole bunch of side dishes. These sides are also refillable for free, so you can get 2-3 bowls of Kimchi, if you so desire.
Service: Spotty, and inconsistent. You need to be somewhat assertive here to make sure that you get what side dishes, drinks, napkins you need. Once the food is delivered to you, the staff pretty much just disappears.
Value: Despite the fact you do the cooking, it's a pretty solid value. With the free sides, you can fill up quite nicely.
Ambiance: Not much ambiance, but the experience is definitely unique. Yes, cooking can be fun when you don't have to do any shopping or dishes :) Each table has a large burner in the middle and you can cook your meat as you like it.
The only downside is the burner takes up a lot of table space and it can be very cramped with all of the side dishes taking up room. Prepare to be a bit cramped and get a bit messy.
Overall: The place works because it's a different experience than other places. It's worth going once a year just for something new to try.
Went with my family and in-laws to this restaurant today. After following up a few times... majority of food came about 45 mins after we put in our order. My order of Chicken Teriyaki actually *never* arrived so I asked them to cancel it. Someone came out to apologize and offering free drinks/pop... What's the point when I'm still hungry? The food wasn't particularly anything special either. I do NOT recommend this place.
I've been going to this restaurant for many many years! Really love their food.. but never going there again.. I usually go there during dinner time.. For the last few times it was very busy. They only gave us two side dishes. The side dishes looked like they had been served to a previous customer and had the guts to give it to us! Especially the man with the glasses. The kimchi had this "chachangmyon" black sauce on it and it looked like someone had already eaten it.. because the top two layers were sort of scrunched..
If you are looking for a mid road place to eat, not overly pricey this is it. I have never had a problem with service, however I am caucasion and my fiance & mother are Korean so when we go they do order in Korean even though the meun is in both English & Korean. They are prompt and the food is great! This is not fine dining Korean just a fun place to eat. All food is fresh and the restaurant is clean.
I went recently with a group of friends for a birthday dinner. The food is always great, it IS Korean cuisine after all; but what got me the most agitated was how we were approached by the waiters and overall the people servicing us. They disregarded us whenever we asked for anything: water, more appetizers, an added order, you name it. They also didn't do anything to add to the experience of the restaurant. They weren't even that busy that night, so they could have taken the time to take notice of us whenever we needed service but they didn't. It was very frustrating because even after all of this neglect and bad service, we were eventually rushed out of the restaurant! It was a BIRTHDAY dinner. I would think it to be common to talk a little after meals and let the food digest, but a man came to 'shoo' us away and he TOLD us to pay. How rude! I used to love this restaurant because of the amazing food, especially the marination used for the meats - but I will never ever come back here ever again.
And I suggest you shouldn't waste your time here either.
I must start off by saying the food was ok, not great but not bad for the value. The service or lack there of was awful. Never having had Koren BBQ I looked forward to it as we were seated. The waiter/manager? Suggested that since it was my first time, I had better try the lunch special. So we did. he brought us a tray of sides (I had no idea what they were for) and disappeared. No explanation. My ribs showed up 10 minutes ahead of my buddy's, and we wondered if the sides were his or mine or what they were for. A semi-cold glass of water was given to us from our non smiling waitress. I was going to order a beer or tea but was not given the opportunity. The water glasses were never refilled nor were we asked how things were etc. Eating spicey food with nothing to drink and being ignored was a let down. The place did start getting busier after we arrived but hardly a justification. For the first time in years I paid the bill without leaving a tip.
Just wanted to further clarify that they do serve sweet potatoes as part of their side dishes.
I went again today and the owner was nice enough to give us free ice cream after the meal.
As usual, restaurant was operating at full capacity, there was a wait for those who did not make reservations.
I've read the reviews here and will contribute my 2 cents having gone to Cho Sun around two dozen times over the last 5 years or so with my wife who's Korean.
The food is generally very good and reliable, we've had the BBQ it yourself meat plates, the lunch specials, hot pots, the sushi, everything is well prepared generally speaking.
Most of the time the service is good and prompt, there are days when they are under-staffed, and it gets really busy. On those days it does pay to know the Korean way of doing things, which is to make yourself noticed, but in a polite way. We've never had a rude waiter but sometimes the service has been slow on those busy days.
In general, this is a solid place to go for Korean food, and it's always fun to BBQ your own meats. Although i'd recommend that you hit the showers afterwards, because their shiny ventilation systems don't seem to work well or at all.
chosun is quite far from my house so it's hard to go here frequently, but i would really like to do so.
it's hard to evaluate their service. nothing really memorable, but i'd say they are nice, pleasant and accomodating. they offer some great suggestions from time to time.
the food is well-cooked and is very delicious. i really enjoy their lunch menu! nice side dishes too.
chosun is definitely one of the most enjoyable korean restaurants... it's worth a visit.
tried this place out with a few friends a few weeks ago and loved it. The prices are a steal for the amount of food. The set party meals really fill you up. Love the marinade in the beef short ribs! YUM! You can also choose the option of having the meat cooked in the kitchen, or if you want a little entertainment, right in front of you on the grill by the server. You can also cook it yourself, which is probably the most fun. Wasn't very busy when we went (it was a Saturday night I believe), and it seems a lot of native Koreans come here, which is a good sign. Place is very clean and brightly lit, a good place to chill with friends on any day of the week.
It's one of the best Korean restaurant I have been in Vancouver.
The foods are very fresh, friendly service,reasonably priced
The manager suggested many delicious food to us
I love marinade beef and all side dishes.
I and my friends did enjoy a lots.
Would like to re-command this restaurant to my friends.
We love this place. The food is fantastic (I'm salivating thinking about the ribs burt more on that in a second).
Place is located on the north side of Kingsway a few stores east of Windsor St. Parking is easy and free. There are plenty of tables and several private booths. Service is friendly and efficient. But "so what?" you say - what about the food?
The food is delicious. I've had about 15 different items here and they are consitenly full of flavour. The marianated beef ribs (Hanwu galbi) as I said are a highlight - very tender and bursting with meaty goodness.
All main dishes are served with a number of small compimentary plates of banchan (side dishes), inlcuding kimchi, dongchimi, ggakdugi, and so on. If this doesn't mean anything to you I suggest you do 2 things: (1) go there and try it; and (2) check out "banchan" on Wikipedia.
The meat dishes (are nicely grilled and marianated in a sort of sweet-soy sauce under very tender.
I could go on but you get the picture. In terms of value for dollar Cho Sun is fantastic. I can't wait to go again!
I went there many times, i always love it.
They have a really good selection of side dish.
They serve, everything from Sashimi, Tempura, Korean BBQ, Korean soup, Cold noodle, Jabche, etc.
Great food, slow service but that's because they are so busy but it could be a little bit better.
Nice and friendly owner.
from my experience, 2-3 people, Range from $60 to $100 depending on what you order.
If you're looking for a fun way to eat out try this Korean BBQ!! My wife took me there for the first time a few days after getting married and we brought along her maid of honour before she went back to Japan. The owner was very friendly to us. He spoke fluent Japanese and when our server was unavailable he was right there to help us with anything we needed. The idea of barbqueing your order right at your table has always made for a fun night and I would recomend this to anyone!! Highly regarded is the Kimchi soup. I don't have a high tollerance for spice, this soup however was very tasty, the meat is marinated beautifully and I cant say enough good things about the food. Not a glamourous restaurant but you'll thank me for the review!
Great restaurant! The side dishes that come with the bbq combo are so generous and delicious! i like i like! I've ate at other korean bbq resaurants and their side dishes are so small and cheap. The bbq is A+ and the other stuff on the menu is good too (i especially love their prawn tempura!!!). Price is average... seafood pancake is about $9... tempura is $6... sushi is $3.50... bbq combo for 2 is $25... all is good... all is worth it. Go eat there!
The hot pot was good. Side dishes were decent. Kimchi was too salty. Potatoes were too sweet. The place was packed and was too loud.
Service was okay. We felt kinda rushed. Food came almost too fast.