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Korean BBQ?

Hi guys, I just moved to Cgy from Edm. There was an all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ in Edm where you grill marinated meats at your table. Is there something similar here? Thanks!

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  1. alau2:

    Sorry, I am in Edmonton so cannot assist with your Calgary quaere.

    However, it has been some time since we last went out for Korean food in Edmonton so I thought I would ask for your recommendation....if it is in fact a recommendation....and the name of the spot you mentioned here in the "chuk".

    I am not sure that "all you can eat" is what I am interested in but any recommendations for good Korean cuisine would be welcomed.

    Years and years and years ago when I lived in the Strathearn area the Bulgogi House complete with smokey interior and JuicyFruit gum when you left was one place I went.

    Later it was "replaced" by the Korean Village, west of 99th, south of the Whitemud whose food and decor we enjoyed more.

    However it has been a number of years since we have been back or elsewhere.

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    1. re: Bob Mac


      The place he is likely referring to is Ginseng Palace, all you can eat Korean BBQ on 34th Ave, and 96/97 street? It's next to the Rattlesnake saloon.

      In terms of Korean, i like eating at the one in the strip mall on Calgary Trail S, across the Trail from the Police Station/Sam Wok, etc... same complex as Royal Pizza (eastern part of that mall). Im drawing a blank on the name of it right now, but the food and prices are both very good there.

      Alau2: sad to report, the Korean all you can eat BBQ in Calgary is not as good as GSP. A Japanese/Korean restaurant on 16th Ave N, across from SAIT (Sushi BBQ Inn i believe) has all you can eat BBQ and Sushi, but the BBQ is only ok, sushi the same. Treasures of China, has all you can eat BBQ and Hotpot as one meal (Chinatown). Those are the only all you can eat places i know of.

      If anyone knows of any others, im interested in knowing as well!

    2. Hi guys,
      Yen: Korean BBQ doesn't have to be all you can eat. I think I'd settle for a decent place that has the grills on the table at least. :-)

      As for Edmonton, the one we used to go to all the time was Korean Village, 7729-85 St. It's tucked into a residential area near Bonnie Doon. $19.95 for all you can eat but they also have menu items. Small place, nothing posh but we liked it.


      Bulgogi House is still around - Juicy Fruit and all.

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      1. re: alau2

        Sorabol used to have them, but they closed. Most Korean places i eat at are strictly service only. Hopefully someone else on this board has more info. Anyone?

        As for Edmonton, Korean Village is definitely pretty good. I liked Ginseng Palace better though... but thanks for the link to your blog. Pizza Boys sounds awesome. Im already craving a pizza boys deluxe!

        1. re: yen

          Korean Village doesn't have the grills built into the tables like some places, but they will let you cook it at the table. Personally, I find that emerging from the restaurant completely steeped in smoky garlic marinade less than desirable, and I grew up with the smell! But then perhaps I am simply an unworthy chowhound.

      2. alau2/yen:

        Looks like a visit to Korean Gardens is in order...I said west of 99th, of course as alau2 pointed out it is east.

        I will have to check out the name of the spot on Calgary Trail and maybe Ginseng. The last time I was in Ginseng it was because I was hopelessly lost in Millwoods...yet AGAIN!!!!...and got directions from a group of Korean middle aged men to find "Mr. Kim's" grocery store as in the pre-T & T days it was hard to find L.A. Styled ribs and Kochujung [sp?] to make my kalbi...love that barbequed kalbi but not the resulting mess on my barbeque [smile]

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        1. re: Bob Mac

          I have to admit that even as an Edmonton native, i've gotten lost in Millwoods a few times as well. I wouldnt feel too bad about it :)

          As for the mess on the BBQ, worth every minute scraping!

        2. I thought this thread was about Calgary?

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          1. re: John Manzo

            You werent contributing John. We got bored of waiting for you :)

            1. re: yen

              I can't! But I've had good bubble tea in edmonton, maybe I should do a double hijack...

          2. Gotta love a hijacked thread. I am reading with interest for the next time I go to Edmonton.

            1. back to calgary....found a korean BBQ place along 17th Ave SE. not an eat-all-you-can place but the grill at your table concept you were looking for is there. loved their Bibimbap and cuttlefish in spice paste. the rounds of accompanying veggies were quite good as well.

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              1. re: babettesfeast

                Do you remember what it was called? I'd like to try it out.

                1. re: alau2

                  its called Korea House, on the same block as Mayfair foods. sorry not that good with directions yet particularly in the SE area as im NW based. but what led us there was this throng of korean nationals heading there by the bus load...figure if its okay with them it must be good :)

                  1. re: alau2

                    the address of Korea House is 4019A 17 Ave SE if you haven't seen it yet. and i'm still a loyal fan. between Bow Bulgogi and this place i'm happy enough to make the long trip southeast.

                2. Thanks so much! I'm definitely going to try it.

                  1. just made it (finally!) to Bow Bulgogi and loved loved loved it. Was just like the Korean food I had growing up -- but even better. The BBQ comes with sides so it was much more economical than a lot of other Asian restaurants. It's pretty healthy food, and they tolerated my kids to boot.

                    1. I am not sure about all you can eat but on 10Ave and 13 Street, there is Korean BBQ restaurant called Dae Jang Geum. It's my fav Korean restaurant. You can table cook all the BBQ on menu. They have beef-rib, pork-rib, chicken, and I heard they were gonna add BBQ Duck as well. Tell me what you think?

                      1. Dae Jane Geum is located in SW of Calgary, beside that big Korean grocery store.
                        They give you five side dishes and this sweet Korean rice drink, I don't know the exact name I think it was sik-kay.kkkk