The one thing I find about restaurants in Vancouver is that although we have many Korean and Japanese places, the food's flavor as well as the atmosphere have been toned down for western taste. I did not get that impression from the Westender.
They only serve Pork Belly with an assortment of refillable side dishes and in true BBQ fashion, you cook the meat yourself at the table. Be sure to use the separate chopsticks for handling the raw meat.
For many westerners this is a little out of the ordinary, but then again this is not a western restaurant despite its name. Be ready for a new experience and be willing to step out of the box.
The service was a little disappointing in that when it was busy it was really hard to get the attention of the waitress, but once you did your refills came back out quickly.
One thing I enjoyed about the atmosphere was the Korean pop music on the screens around the restaurant. Personally nothing drags me out of the excitement and allure of dining out at an exotic or foreign restaurant than music or decor that doesn't match up.
I went there last night and orderd sam gyop sal (Korean pork BBQ) for 2. It came with soup, salad, lettuce wrap for the pork and korean appetizers for $10 each person and it will get you full, we couldn't even finish it. The food was great but don't forget to cook the meat well so you won't get sick =)
Everything tasted so good with the lettuce wrap. I recommend wrapping it with the salad, rice and the red sauce that comes with it. The service was quick and friendly. Sitting inside the restaurant was not the greatest since it can become very loud. Overall it was a good experience. Much better and cheaper than Shabusen "Korean BBQ".
Basically agree with the other reviews. Went here for supper so only had samyoksa. Not spectacular, but the quality of Samyoksa probably depends on the meat than anything else. Sides are solid with many varieties. Nice that the meal comes with a good Asian style salad and Korean soybean soup.
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I was introduced to this restaurant by some Korean students. The only food available in the evening is a korean food called "Samgyupsal", which is basically pork belly (unsalted bacon meat) that you cook yourself and wrap in lettuce. Dieters, look elsewhere.
In my several times of returning, I have very rarely spent more than $20 (including booze--korean alcohol known as "Soju"). I have yet to find another place where I can eat, get so incredibly satisfied AND be decently tipsy for a $20.
Attentive service is a wee bit sparse--it's a restaurant mainly aimed at international students, and in Korea (and much of asia), you have to call for the waitress; it's no different here. As long as you don't mind calling out, service is great.
Ambience is spartan, to be sure. For the price you pay, to expect much more is not entirely reasonable.