Authentic Korean dining in the heart of Kitsilano.
My girlfriend and I dropped on by to the W.4th location as she was craving Korean shortribs one night.
Perhaps we came in during a lull as we were one of two tables occupied that evening. Nevertheless food quality should never be dependent on the amount of dining patrons present. The space is typical of any Korean place and it was tidy and due to the lack of customers not gagging of smoke.
We went with the Combo B which included marinated short ribs, pork, beef and chicken along with the usual condiments. As with Korean BBQ you do have to do your own cooking though our server did most of the work for us, whether or not due to the lack of activity that night we weren't sure, nor would we complain if someone else was doing the grilling. Shortribs were good sized, tender and with good flavour. The spicy pork easily superceded the chicken and beef for flavour but a spicier than usual. Condiments are always a nice highlight as we likened the glazed potatoes and basic shredded lettuce sald with dressing best.
Service was more attentive than what we normally expect at Korean BBQ but it wasn't a bad thing at all. I imagine your mileage would vary though.
I still find Korean BBQ to be overpriced given what you get, but for what it is it is more than servicable.
Went here for dinner due to convenient location for that day. Restaurant is nicely done up, suits the neighbourhood. At the back they have a big TV with Korean food shows playing. Awesome!
Service was good, nothing special, but expected levels from a place like this.
We were promptly seated with our menus. Menus were great, full pictures for almost everything. And we noticed they had a lot of variety. Not just the standard BBQ stuff, but various cold noodles, soups & other interesting dishes.
Food came fairly promptly, and surprise(?) they did a good job. The haemul pajun wasn't the usual giant size, but taste & texture was spot on. Deokbukki, spicy yes, but more than that, plenty of flavour to go along with it, maybe the best in town. And so it was with the other dishes, all very solid.
They don't have much competition in the area, but even so, they are easily doing a very good job. All the stuff downtown near Robson & Denman or along Kingsway might be as good. Maybe. But it's tough to beat for a clean, stylish restaurant with good quality food. Recommended. We will likely be back.
This is the second location of this Korean BBQ restaurant.
I have not been to the other one, nor am I an expert in Korean cuisine.
I tried one of their lunch specials and, for 9.95, had a good meal of marinated beef stirfry, rice, soy bean paste soup, four pickled side dishes, and a complementary appetizer (sort of like two amuse bouches).
The food was very good and the value was outstanding.
The prices seem quite reasonable. The service was good, albeit somewhat slow.
I recommend this as a good place to enjoy a good meal on 4th ave.
Preamble: weekend gathering of six to a new restaurant three weeks old
Food: appreciated the taste-testers that, while not on the menu yet, could very well be. one that was especially good had beef, shrimp, radish, carrot strips and mushroom on top of a leafy veggie that had a very good sweet and sour mix with good texture.
of the menu items, i shared a seafood pancake and spicy chicken bbq with rice. pancake had a pleasing crust overlying a slighty soft yet not greasy inner filling. the spicy chicken, although a tad oversalted, went well with the rice.
Service: very friendly and courteous throughout the meal
Value: shade over $13 each for dinner. portion size more than adequate to fill our appetites.
Ambiance: comfortable seating, cozy without being cramped. able to talk freely without lots of surrounding noise.
Had dinner with a large group the other night. Food was tasty and filling, and we had a great time. I was a bit apprehensive as the place was practically empty on a Friday night, but on the other hand we had the full attention of the waiter and waitress. Overall there are places with even better food, but I'd be happy going here if I was in the area.
-Food - we ordered LA galbi, bulgogi, and pork belly BBQ nad rice bowls for everyone, which came with a large assortment of sides (banchan). LA galbi and bulgogi were marinated well, and the pork belly was crisp and delicious! One of the sides was a fermented bean soup which was very comforting on a cold, rainy night.
-Service - was ok. It took a while for the waiters to get us drinks, and they weren't particularly friendly. But once the BBQ items came out they were attentive, grilling the meat and replacing the grills when it got black. Though being the only group in the restaurant probably helped.
-Value - like any Korean BBQ it can get pricey. They have some specials too (the pork belly was 2 + 1 free).
-Ambiance - decor is there, but it's pretty basic. The restaurant was very clean. Almost all the tables had vents above. For some reason it was a bit drafty inside, but we forgot about it once the grills (and drinks) were going.
We visited this restaurant due to "good reviews". The whole meal was a huge disappointment. This restaurant is very expensive in terms of food value. The taste was not authentic. We had 8 people so we ordered a lot of food. In the end, we all left hungry. We ordered the seafood pancake, $14.95, and it was a very small pancake about 5 inch in diameter. Another example, soft tofu stew, $8.95 each and there was only tofu inside while other Korean restaurants would add seafood or meat at same or lower price. Potato noodle with seafood, $15.95, the noodle was so little we felt so cheated. The bottom line, the restaurant is a BIG rip-off. We were there on a Saturday from 11am to 2pm, we were the only customer in the restaurant during the whole time! Was it because they have such a bad business they had to sacrifice food quality and quantity and try to get as much out from us as possible?!
Last but not least, the service was very poor. The waitress showed us her unhappy poker face the whole time. We rarely felt so dissatisfied about a restaurant but they are bad enough to warrant some warning to others on this website. In the end, they automatically charged us 15% tip because of our group size -- for such a poor service?! There are plenty of Korean restaurants out there you could try, but this restaurant certainly is the worst one in almost all areas. (If there was a bit comfort about this place -- it looked quite clean from outside)
Our group of four recently dined there. The weather was chilly, and we were yearning for a meal with warmth, full flavour, and solid to the core. Dae Bak bbq, the short ribs, were of excellent quality meat, marinated full-flavoured, and not to excessively sweet or caramely, like other inferior copy kat bbq where inferior meat is camoflagged with dense additives. The ambiance was quaint and settling. The cost was on par with local restaurant; however, with all the extras in the meal, the value was outstanding for the amount of food. Recommend it.
Ate here last week with my sweetie pie, had a fabulous time with amazing food. We each got the tofu bibimbap, which was accompanied by an appetizer tray and miso soups. Superb value, ended up at $30 for two including drinks and leftovers to take home! The service was very friendly and willing to please. A welcome addition to the Kits restaurant scene, as it is open until 11 on weekends which is later than many of our other great restaurants (that close too early for my late night eating preferences) Definitely give it a try! Thanks guys!
I'd like to add in that when this restaurant opened, I was excited beyond what I should've been, because as a Korean, I'm always hoping that a good Korean restaurant would open in Vancouver. Oh, how they've disappointed me...
The food is mediocre with Vancouver Korean food standard, and absolutely terrible Korean standard. I've had various foods there during my more-than-necessary number of visits, and I can honestly say everything was mediocre or below average. One thing that shocked me the most was the half n half Naeng Myun (cold korean noodle). The red sauce one was literally drowned in sesame sauce. One may use a teaspoon or two of sesame sauce in naeng myun to enrich the flavour, but this was just so overwhelming that I wanted to puke it out and walk away.
The service was alright. They're obviously students who were hired not due to experience, but simply because they were bi-lingual. Some were friendly, but some just didn't give a damn. In other words, they never trained their employees, and the employees came and go very fast.
As a side note, beware of the price. It amazes me how shameless they are, charging that much for that quality/quantity of food.
We ate there for the first time last night. I have never had Koren food before so I had to ask the staff for help with our selection. We wanted the none cook it yourself food to start...next time will definately do the all you can eat / you cook selection. The bottom line is...great place and food...left full and satified...fantastic helpful staff...clean restaurant.
You won't be disappointed.
Before coming here, i was a bit skeptical due to the touristy location.
The restaurant was well decorated compared to other korean places which could either be too casual or too formal. The tables were spread out apart giving more room and privacy. This restaurant is perfect for any occasion. Prices may be higher but who gives a crap. Its worth it.
My first glance at the menu already gave me a heads up. Compared to other korean restaurants, the menu contained really nice photos which enticed me to try more. Not only did the photos look great, but the food i ordered was identical to the photos. The bibimbap was not to runny, not too crunchy, and did not contain too much vegetables. I also ordered a grilled mackeral which was grilled to perfection. The side dished were served on a single rectangular dish divided into 4 squares, one with potatos, one with seaweed, the other with kimchee and beansprouts. It was the best side dish ive ever tried in vancouver. the seaweed wasnt too thick, over cooked or doused in vinegar. Couldnt get any better.
There was also a large TV that featured korean food programs. Damn everything on Korean TV looked scrumptious. The not only did the food look hot, but the actresses were hot!
The Service was pretty friendly and professional. the waitress organized everything nicely.
My first time experience was perfect. I'll be back 4 more
I went here on Friday evening with a friend, had noticed the restaurant in the 'hood and wanted to check it out. When we got there, we saw that they had posters on the windows advertising what appeared to be great deals for the bibimbap ($5.95) and the spicy beef stew (($6.95) which both came with 2 sides each (non-refillable though). We went in and it being a BBQ place, smelled the cooking coming from the other diners' tables. We were seated immediately and given menus to peruse.
Prices on the menu seemed reasonable, but we decided to give the poster specials a try. We had to wait quite a while for anyone to come and take our order, and only after we waved the waitress down. I also ordered the steamed pork dumplings (6 pieces for $6.95) and a Korean roasted rice tea ($2.45). After we gave our orders, we then proceeded to sit and wait for another long period of time. They brought the tea out first, which came in a fancy glass tea pot with a glass tealight warmer. My dumplings arrived next in a bamboo steamer. Then they finally brought my friend's bibimbap. Then finally came my spice beef stew. Not huge portions by any means but enough. We weren't expecting too much portion-wise anyway considering the price.
Sadly, the quality of the food was...meh. My friend reported the bibimbap toppings to be quite flavourless, and my spicy beef stew had about only three slices of thin beef in it with a few sparse veggies and glass noodles. Sure, for the prices we were paying, I wouldn't have expected gourmet, but if you're wanting to draw in customers with your specials, you'd better make sure the specials are at least tasty so people come back again to try other things next time. Not so here. Even the two sides were just so-so--a dish of potato that was overly sweet, and a dish of kimchi that tasted a bit strange. I'm a kimchi addict and have eaten all variety of the stuff, and this definitely didn't rise about mediocre. The dumplings were pretty good, but you could get the same quality level elsewhere, and for less cost.
The waiters and waitress all seemed friendly, but also a bit harried--our waitress served our food forgetting to give us chopsticks to eat with, and my stew was served without a spoon. The power went out in the restaurant twice for about a minute each time, perhaps a reason for why they seemed a bit stressed. Hoping to give the restaurant a chance to redeem itself, we asked for a dessert menu and were told they don't serve dessert.
Maybe the other things on the menu are better (they have an all-you-can-eat BBQ option) but I probably won't come back here any time soon.
Had the all you can eat with three types of meat. Great flavor and texture, nicely marinated. All three meats, pork, chicken and beef were tasty, the pork and beef being exceptional. Came with rice and 4 side dishes, all were good except for the leafy greens, which were just leafy greens. Service was fantastic, friendly and prompt! I like that they changed the grills often for us.
We went here with another couple to try it. We ordered the dumplings, a couple bibimbaps (you can choose the meat so we got two), beef ribs, a barbecue beef dish, seafood pancake...and maybe another dish - can't remember.
Along with these came a free side of rice with the ribs, some miso soup and the usual assortment of side dishes (marinated bean sprouts, marinated potato cubes, kimchi - of course - seaweed salad and green salad. An impressive array of free food). All of the free/side dishes were fresh, delicious, and/or hot (if they should be hot, like rice).
The other dishes were perfect, they arrived steaming and quickly. The only thing we didn't like was the thick portion of fat on the ribs. Otherwise they were flavorful and cooked to perfection. We stuffed ourselves. Yum.
The service was great. Once, as my friend asked me several times for hot sauce from the table (I was stuffing my face and not paying attention), the waitress came from across the restaurant to hand her the hot sauce. It was cute. Both hostesses/waitresses were prompt, attentive and very sweet. The hostess asked us several times if we were OK, which was nice.
The one criticism I had was the big screen TV playing a Korean food show - it showed crabs being chopped up, an octopus being chopped up - it was unappetizing for us. A music channel would be better.
Anyway, I definitely recommend it. I can't wait to go back for Korean BBQ.
we had kimchi jiggae - it was ok. nothing special. but solid.
we had the yukae jang special - $6.95 - with no refills on the side dishes. the sides dishes were ok. the soup was ok.
the la kalbi for the kids was plentiful but too sweet. also no lettuce or samjang for making lettuce wrap.
the rice was ok.
it was fine - but i wouldn't go again.
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