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Potter's Garden Korean BBQ

5599 Kingsway
Burnaby, BC V5H2G3
Tel: (604) 431-0208
Neighbourhood: Burnaby South


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No good
By applepie of Burnaby (129 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - 11:40am [Dine in]

I looked from the outside and saw mostly Korean patrons, so I decided to try this restaurant. The place is spacious and looked decently clean, that is, until you go to the washroom. I ordered a beef ribs soup with rice and side dishes. All were pretty tasteless, and I suspect the (cold) side dishes were not clean as I experienced some discomfort later in the evening. Service was no good either. There were only two servers in the whole restaurant. Everything took a long time -- ordering, tea refilling, getting the bill. And it's hard to get the attention of the servers since they were both so busy. Needless to say, I will not be returning.

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Not as good as I hoped
By 8there of Vancouver (66 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 31, 2011 - 3:09pm [Dine in]

Went for a lunch on a weekday. Walked in at a few minutes before noon and the place was completely empty. In fact, the whole time we were there only three other customers came in, and two of them were together.

They do have a decent lunch special menu. I ordered soondubu (tofu seafood hotpot) which was not bad. It was not spicy at all though, which was disappointing. Others ordered dolsot bibimbap and pork bone soup with potato noodle. Side dishes were kimchi, which had a nice tang to it, a rather tasteless dish of kelp, and some marinated bean sprouts. None of the sweet potatoes that I like. The food is ok, not bad but not great. Lunch specials are a decent value though at around $7-8.

Being so empty, service was not bad. Tea was promptly brought when we were first seated, but we never got refills. Ringing the bell for the bill was quick. Overall not a bad experience, but there are tastier Korean places to eat close by. One person commented that the Korean variety/singing show they were showing on the tv got really annoying.

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Waste of your money and time
By clumsywaiter of Metro Vancouver (22 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 9:16am [Dine in]

We tried this restaurant on the recommendation of a coworker.

There is nothing I can say here that will add to what the other reviewers have already said.
The service is poor and the dishes are tasteless.

Our go-to dish is the cow/ pork bone hot pot - while the bones and meat where plentiful, it is bland and tasteless. Dol Sot Bi Bim Bap was not hot enough, hence the rice didn't crisp very well.

If you want decent Korean food, go to Jang Mo Jib down the road, it is much better.

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MSG overload.... I will not return.
By dennybee of North Burnaby (6 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 21, 2011 - 12:57pm [Dine in]

I hate to give them a bad review.
I mean, the food was tasty. Juicy fatty, delicious galbi (shortribs) marinated in a sweet sesame soy - rich with flavour... It was the aftermath that changed my overall opinion.

My Fiancé and I arrived at around 8pm for a late night dinner. Looking back I wish we had gone earlier.... (I'll get into this later...). I ordered the Spicy Pork bone Soup as my appetizer, the BBQ Marinated short ribs and the BBQ pork, chicken and beef plate combination.

We waited for about 10 mins and then they had arrived w/ a cart filled with all our food and equipment and the little side dishes that were very very tasty.

The waitress set up the stove and turned it on, she then grabbed the tongs and started piling on our short ribs on the cold grill. So much for the searing eh? she piled on vegetables and crowded all the meat.. i mean - what happened to "cook yourself?"... I wasn't impress by this and neither was my Fiancé. Upon close inspection of the plate of meat, we noticed there was no chicken nor pork. Just a few little piles of beef. (all that was left for us to cook ourselves). We rang the handy dandy bell at our table and the server came back. I asked her if that was our order. She smiled and left. Came back, said sorry and took our plate.
5 mins later she arrived and returned out plate with a few little mounds of chicken on it.

She came back a few seconds later with the appetizer pork bone soup. The bowl was hot, the soup was hot, but the pork bone/meat was cold! I think it was started to warm up in the hot broth but it was really hard to juggle eating the meat before it burnt and got cold sitting on myrice while eating the pork bone soup... I really wish it had arrived as my appetizer.... and wish we coudl have eaten it first and taken our time w/ cooking - if only they gave us that chance to let us cook when we wanted to!

Well - the meats were tasty - there really wasn't a lot, but all in all it was filling w/ the rice. The broth of the soup was nice and tasty and when warmed up the pork meat was nice as well!

We paid the bill - came to around 50.00 with tax for two people. Stuffed? Yea - I'd say so....

We went home, went to bed around 11:30 (I know, you don't want to hear the details) - but we woke up at 2am, again at 3am, then 5am, and then 6:30am. Why you ask? MSG sleeplessness! We couldn't sleep! The meat and soup were chock full of MSG and we were beyond dehydrated all with a migraine to boot!

The food was tasty, the service wasn't the best but the MSG aftermath has ruined all possibility of ever stepping into the restaurant ever again. I will not return!

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Not as bad as the reviews below say!
By captainkimchi of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, December 28, 2012 - 1:45am [Dine in]

I used to take the 106 and it always passed by this korean restaurant in which I found the name unusual. However, I decided to look it up on dinehere.ca and the pictures looked quite appetizing! Decided to give it a try and I was not disappointed! I really enjoyed the ttukbaegi bulgogi and lunch hour makes a lot of things super cheap.. starts from 11 till 3! In my opinion, eating here during lunch hour will be the most worth it. Oh and in addition, they play kpop live performances from a while ago because it's most likely recorded.. so if you're a fan you will enjoy it but if you don't like kpop at all you will be very annoyed.

Ok about the food! The thing I always get is ttukbaegi bulgogi and it's pretty much soup with bulgogi (korean meat), japchae noodles, green onions, carrots, onions, and a few ricecakes with an egg boiling on top of all of it because it's in a stone bowl. It comes with rice as well as side dishes but then again side dishes are always included! They consist of kimchi that they give you scissors to cut because it's very long, beansprouts and seaweed.

Service isn't too bad either there are only like 2 waitresses working but since the place isn't too big they can easily see you. If not, there are those buzzer things you can press.

Thanks for reading this, hopefully it's not a crap review and seriously I really love coming here!

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Not as good as it used to be
By kimchigirl of Vancouver (Killarney) (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, October 23, 2010 - 11:35pm [Dine in]

Since the recent change in ownership/management, I've been to this restaurant a few times. Sad to say, the quality has been going downhill. On this visit for lunch, I went with my mother, who was feeling a little under the weather. We were seated quickly and tea was brought promptly. I ordered the kimchi chigae (a kimchi stew with kimchi, pork, tofu, and SPAM). My mother ordered japchae with rice (stir-fried glass noodles with veggies and beef). These items were part of the lunch menu, so the prices were very good; $6.95 for my kimchi chigae, and $7.95 for my mom's japchae. As per the norm at almost all Korean restaurants, there was only one server. However, it wasn't very busy, so the waiter wasn't being run off his feet. He was very efficient and polite. The tables had those little cordless doorbell thingies that you press when you need to call your server. He came immediately whenever someone rang the doorbell. Our table didn't have a doorbell but this was not an issue, as he was always nearby, but never hovering. My kimchi chigae was delicious. It came with a bowl of rice. It was bubbling hot and spicy, with a touch of sourness from the kimchi. I was worried about the SPAM, but it was not an issue. There was one slice of it, and it basically absorbed the flavours of the rest of the stew, so I liked it! My mom's meal, however, was a different story. She didn't like her japchae at all. She said that the noodles, which are supposed to be kind of soft and melt-in-your-mouth, weren't. I had a taste, and I found the noodles to be al dente. Korean japchae should NEVER be al dente. The side dishes, which you always get when you have Korean food, were quite boring. There was the ubiquitous kimchi, a seaweed salad (which tasted too fishy for my taste), and some bland sauteed bean sprouts. But my kimchi chigae was so tasty that I didn't even have any of the sides, except to taste them. About the ambiance, it was kind of "meh". There was a TV on the wall showing Korean pop stars doing their thing, and some prints of foliage scattered about the restaurant. The washroom was clean. The tables were clean, and were bussed as soon as diners left. So it was a good experience. Not the best Korean dining experience I've ever had, but far from the worst.

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Horrible experience
By foodie896 of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, February 14, 2013 - 1:32pm [Dine in]


I came here for lunch by myself. After standing there for two minutes with no one to greet me I say "Hello" and a waitress comes out and seats me.

I am the only table in the restaurant.

After waiting for almost ten minutes with no sight of her, I walk back up towards the kitchen/front desk and place my order. I had to ask for tea.

The food took way longer than it should have and after placing the food on the table I don't see her for the rest of meal. Refill of tea? Forget it.

I go up to pay and honestly, I think tipping is well-deserved by people in the service industry WHO PROVIDE A SERVICE. The set up of the place was basically like a mcdonald's aka self-service place. I don't tip at mcdonald's. I ain't gonna tip here.

She then says "Excuse me, no tip?" Amazing! she speaks!

I said I didn't think the service was that great. She said "It's not just for me, it's for the kitchen too". Unbelievable.

I said no thank you and left. Needless to say I will not be coming back. There are far too many OTHER great Korean places on Kingsway than to waste time here

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