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Feb 21, 2009 08:13 PM

Your Favorite Korean Restaurant In Denver

What's your favorite? I have never realy tried Korean before. Where should I go?

I'm thinking Uoki on 6th for a starter.

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  1. Funny, I was just about to ask this question myself—missed your post earlier.

    I know there are a lot of Korean places in Aurora, but I'd rather not haul out there if I don't have to. On the other hand, since I'm craving something very specific—ddeokbokki—I certainly would if need be. Anyone? Lotusseedpaste, charsiu, rlm?

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    1. re: tatamagouche

      I asked a person of Korean descent this question and her reply was. . . Aurora.

      She pulled out a couple of advertisements from a Korean-language newspaper and gave them to me.

      I do not have the advertisements on hand, so I cannot tell you exactly which restaurants they are, but she indicated there are a few solid places in Aurora.

    2. Recently went to Seoul Korean BBQ at 2080 S Havana St in Aurora, and had a great time.

      Large and fancy dinning room. A big selection of about a dozen banchan (side dishes) came with the meal and were diverse and tasty. We stuck with the meat and broth dishes, and both were nice. Bill, without drinks, was about $25 for two. Pretty good deal if you count all the sides. Would be a fun place with a crowd. Other tables around us ordered the BBQ, and it looked great..

      Service was a bit slow, but very friendly and spoke decent english.

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      1. re: nateco

        Thanks! You didn't happen to notice whether they have ddeokbokki or naeng myun, did you? No matter, though, it's just nice to have a solid rec! I also hear good things about Sae Jong Kwan?

        1. re: tatamagouche

          I have to admit, I do not know korean food well enough to know certain dishes, so did not notice if those were on the menu. It was a very big menu though, and I know they had a few rice cake dishes.

          I have not been to Sae Jong Kwan.

          Another place I have been to and like was the little place just to the left of the entrance of the KOmart at 2000 south havana. It was a cheaper, more stip mall-ey space. Much less fancy with only about 5-6 banchan and a smaller menu. But very afordable, and my meal, a beef stew dish, was great. Tried to order something else at first and was given the advice that "white people do not like that," should have stuck to my guns and tried it. I assumed it was just very hot or cooked with some offal. Neither of which would bother me.

          I really think just bouncing down that section of Havana and picking places with crowds, it would be hard to go too wrong. I plan to try several more.

          1. re: nateco

            Excellent idea! Thx. for the help! Think I've just got to take the Aurora plunge. FYI,


            1. re: tatamagouche

              hi there, i just moved to boulder and have been trekking to aurora to get my korean fix (as well as hitting up the H mart)... Seoul BBQ on Havana does have nangmyun- and a pretty decent version of it. Their banchan is excellent as well- i would def try it out.

                1. re: tatamagouche

                  no prob! also shilla? on parker is really good- had a jungol there and bbq- great banchan and the jungol was one of the best i've had in CO

      2. Have a look at the Korean entries in our 2008 Denver Ethnic Restaurant Reviews by ALEDM at http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/599554 and enjoy

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        1. re: aledm

          Yes, I myself should have pointed the OP in that direction... since that was actually the thread that gave me my craving for ddeokbokki & naeng myun! Do you two recall whether any of the places you went had either of those items? Liveloveat34 gave me one solid rec...

          1. re: tatamagouche

            most korean places have naeng myun on the menu, i think i saw ddeokbokki at seoul garden and shilla (on peoria). out of the korean places i have tried out those are def at the top of my list. i'm a huge fan of haejangguk and i tried it at han kang and wasn't impressed with it or their banchan.
            i'm pretty sure shilla would have a good version of both, the naeng myun at seoul garden was very good- lots of vinegar and hot mustard for me please!

        2. Has anyone tried that new-seeming Korean place in Boulder on Arapahoe at 33rd? It seems to share a storefront with some kind of herbal tea place, but I just saw a banner in front that said Korean Cuisine. I think it is only open Mon-Sat for breakfast through dinner and also has takeout, but it was hard to read from my vantage across the intersection.

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          1. re: lotuseedpaste

            i saw that banner as well and i was wondering the same thing! i'll prob try it out this week but i'm not expecting a whole lot ...hopefully though it will be a good new addition to the boulder ethnic scene.

            1. re: liveloveat34

              I stopped by for dinner this evening. The paper takeout menus weren't available yet, so I'll try from memory:

              Breakfast is a mix of american and korean dishes - waffles, granola, korean rice bowl, korean quiche, and a few other things. I'm guessing that their main business is the lunch crowd, as the lunch and dinner menus are the same, and limited to a few basic dishes: bibimbap, ssambap, bulgogi, kimbap, udon, and a few soup noodle options. Most of the dishes came in your choice of chicken, beef, or tofu, and many are gluten free. There is also a counter with a few pastry type items - cookies, korean style? cake rolls. The lunch/dinner plates ran from $7.50 to $11.

              Since it is also a tea shop, there were teas for sale, including a bunch of "fruit teas" in jars that looked like some kind of jelled substance - I guess you mix in a spoon with hot water.

              You order at the counter, and they bring out your tray - there were maybe six to eight tables inside, plus a few small tables on the walkway in front of the store. There seemed to be only two people working there - one in the front making tea, and the cook in the smallish kitchen. The cook was receiving advice on preparing the dishes from the counter guy, and they seem to be working out some kinks still. However, they were very friendly and pleasant.

              I had the spicy bulgogi (your choice for spicy or not), which came with miso soup, kimchee, rice, and a small sort of salad of carrots/radish/etc. I'm not any kind of expert on bulgogi, but this was nicely flavored with a spicy kick that didn't overwhelm the flavors. I also had a slice of green tea cake roll, which was a greenish sponge cake rolled with a completely mysterious and slightly salty cream filling (maybe butter based?).

              Anyway, it is a nice little cafe type of place, and a welcome addition to the nearly non-existent Korean scene in Boulder. The ambiance is certainly nicer than Korea House on 28th, although not at all upscale (you are clearly eating in a tea shop, and I think they use the space for yoga classes as well judging by the crate of yoga mats by the door). With the small kitchen, I don't expect them to expand their menu substantially, but it seems like a nice place to stop by for a simple Korean lunch.