On Monday, the sun was shining and the snow was melting. I was feeling celebratory and told L that I was taking my man out for dinner. I suggested BBQ. Unfortunately, Paddy’s BBQ + Brewery was not open. We opted for Seoul Korean BBQ. The rating for this place was pretty good on Yelp, so off we went. For reason that will soon follow, let’s listen to I’ve got that tune – by Chinese Man.
When we arrived, we found out that Seoul Korean BBQ has changed into an all-you-can-eat buffet style format. I dislike buffets and I prefer to order a la carte, but since L seemed excited, we stayed. For $30 bucks per person, we had the choice of the following meats: pork ribs, marinated rib-eye, pork belly, beef short ribs, beef bulgogi, spicy chicken, spicy pork, pork side ribs, and deep fried chicken.
L went to select the raw meats while I picked up banchan (small side dishes): bean sprouts, kimchi, potatoes, spinach and tofu salad, and pickled vegetables. Normally banchan is the favourite part of my meal. These side dishes weren’t well seasoned and lacked flavour. I was disappointed.
The hot food selection was vast: various soups, two types of rice, fried rice, noodles dishes, two types of fried chicken, dumplings, battered shrimp, mussels, vegetables, rice cakes, seafood pancake and many other dishes. All the hot food was cold or at best, room temperature. Of the bunch, the only one I liked was the pork dumplings and japchae (glass noodles). The shrimp was not properly deveined. I would skip the hot section.
The pork belly was flavourless and tasted like it had been frozen for too long. I did enjoy the pork ribs, marinated rib eye, beef short ribs and beef bulgogi. L liked the spicy pork and beef ribs the most. For most of the time we were there, our grill wasn’t that hot. It turned out that the gas needed to be replaced.
There were lots of groups of families and friends enjoying themselves. There was one group of older women having a hoot. They were loudly complaining about coworkers and relatives. I heard one lady say, “Oh God. But the Chinese are the worst.” There was a couple of laughs followed by dead silence.
Service was good. Someone was always around to pick up plates and answer questions or refill the tea. I can see the appeal of Seoul Korean BBQ for families that want to enjoy a lot of meat. Note that if you have any unfinished food, you’ll be charged $10.