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lotuseedpaste Aug 25, 2010 11:50 AM

I am planning a trip to Aurora for some decent Korean, which is not to be found anywhere near Boulder. This is a pretty big schlep for me, and I'm looking for recommendations since I will probably not be sampling more than one place. I'm intending to also make a trip to H-Mart so I can cook my own, since POM doesn't seem to carry many Korean ingredients. Table grills are nice but not necessary.

Options:
Grandma's Korean BBQ in north Aurora, closer to me but not to H-Mart?, no grills
Seoul BBQ, has grills
Han Kang Korean, maybe has grills?
P&Y - Chinese-Korean, seems to specialize in Jja jang myun
I Ga, in the H-Mart shopping center

Anything I missed? Do any of these places stand out above the rest? It has been quite a while since I had good Korean, so my standards have probably dropped a bit.

(got an error when I tried to post this, hope it doesn't double-post)

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Han Kang Korean Restaurant
1910 S Havana St, Aurora, CO 80014

  1. tatamagouche Dec 1, 2010 05:08 AM

    LSP—did you ever do a tour? What'd you think?

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    1. re: tatamagouche
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      lotuseedpaste Dec 2, 2010 10:45 AM

      Not a tour, because Aurora is just too much of a haul from here, but we did go to Seoul BBQ with half a dozen people. We had a grill table, and iirc ordered bulbogi, short rib, and pork belly on the grill, also chap chae, bibimbap, and the scallion pancakes. Nice array of banchan. I liked the scallion pancakes and bbq, have had better chap chae elsewhere.

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      mountaincane Sep 5, 2010 11:02 AM

      I've spent some time in Korea and I think Seoul Bbq is awesome. Only problem is to cook at your table they require a two dish minimum, which if you're only a couple of people is way too much meat. But the waiter made an exception for us and let us cook one at the table, not sure how often they'll do that.

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      Seoul Bbq
      2080 S Havana St, Aurora, CO 80014

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        liveloveat34 Sep 6, 2010 09:00 AM

        i've been to pretty much all of them- for BBQ i prefer Seoul BBQ, stews and other korean traditional dishes i prefer Silla. Both have a good assortment of banchan.

        Went to Sae Jong Kwan last night and felt the food was incredibly salty. I'm korean and love spice and salt but the salt in the food was over the top
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        Boulder's Korean House is awful. Really lacking in effort. I liked the Aurora Korea House for BBQ but still would give Seoul BBQ the edge...

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        Silla Restaurant
        3005 S Peoria St Ste F, Aurora, CO 80014

        Korea House
        2750 Glenwood Dr Ste 4, Boulder, CO 80304

        Korean House Restaurant
        3219 Snyder Ave, Cheyenne, WY 82001

      2. Biroldo Sep 2, 2010 04:35 PM

        I am a big fan of Silla. Kind of a hole in the wall, but friendly. Enjoy their tofu soup and cold buckwheat noodles. Great lunch specials, has grills and has barbecue assortments which are enough to feed 3 to 6 people and come with a bottle of Soju!

        3005 S Peoria St
        Ste F
        Aurora, CO 80014

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        Silla Restaurant
        3005 S Peoria St Ste F, Aurora, CO 80014

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        1. re: Biroldo
          tatamagouche Sep 2, 2010 06:43 PM

          I thought BYO was illegal here?

          Heard lots of good things about Silla. Need to get there.

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          Silla Restaurant
          3005 S Peoria St Ste F, Aurora, CO 80014

          1. re: tatamagouche
            Biroldo Sep 3, 2010 04:25 PM

            Sorry, I meant the specials come with a bottle of soju.

            1. re: Biroldo
              tatamagouche Sep 3, 2010 05:56 PM

              Oh! That could be read in 2 ways, funny.

              Korea House also comes with a bottle of soju. LOVE that perk. Will hit Silla next.

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              Silla Restaurant
              3005 S Peoria St Ste F, Aurora, CO 80014

              Korea House Restaurant
              1465 S State St Ste 16, Salt Lake City, UT 84115

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            lotuseedpaste Sep 3, 2010 06:20 PM

            Thanks! Hmmm, maybe I'll have to make several excursions to Aurora....

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            bouldereater Sep 1, 2010 09:01 AM

            I've been going to Sae Jong Kwan which is across from Hmart on the north side of Yale (next to Fascinations). Sae Jong Kwan offers grills but will also grill meat in the back and bring it to your table. Their bulgogi, kalbi, kim chi jigae, and small side dishes have been excellent. And also liked their stir fried squid in chile sauce. They used to have egg-dipped pan-fried oyster but no more since it was "too much work." The food quality seem to be on the same level or better than Seoul BBQ -- and slightly cheaper too.

            http://maps.google.com/maps?client=sa...

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              lotuseedpaste Sep 1, 2010 10:44 PM

              Thanks, I'll add them to my list. I am a sucker for squid, that sounds tempting....

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              ToddBradley Aug 29, 2010 10:36 AM

              I don't know too much about Korean food, but I'm curious what you didn't like about Boulder's Korea House or Westminster's Pho China (which - despite its name - is owned by and run by a Korean family, and has a fairly extensive Korean section on the menu).

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              Korea House
              2750 Glenwood Dr Ste 4, Boulder, CO 80304

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                lotuseedpaste Aug 30, 2010 11:23 AM

                I have never heard of Pho and China, I will have to check them out sometime.

                In Boulder, I've been to Korea House and the Healing Tea place on Arapahoe. It has been a while since I have been to Korea House, but the food there just seemed really mediocre. I think the last time, I had some kind of squid which was ok but other people in the party were not happy with their bulgogi. Healing Tea is more of a lunch cafe with an extremely limited and somewhat Americanized menu - nice if you have someone who needs to eat gluten-free (I think there entire menu is gluten-free), but I can make my own bibimbap at home.

                I've also been to some Korean BBQ place in Arvada, which was ok - might have been better if I had been with a more enthusiastic group of people, so it might be worth trying again. Although, Arvada is far enough that I kind of feel at that point I might as well keep on to Aurora if the destination is more likely to be high quality.

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                Korea House
                2750 Glenwood Dr Ste 4, Boulder, CO 80304

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                  ToddBradley Aug 30, 2010 09:38 PM

                  Here's a link to the map to Pho & China in Westminster:

                  http://goo.gl/maps/kB8z

                  1. re: lotuseedpaste
                    tatamagouche Sep 1, 2010 06:08 AM

                    Is the Korea House in Aurora related to the Korea House in Boulder? I've been to the former and found it quite good. Does have grills.

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                    Korea House
                    2750 Glenwood Dr Ste 4, Boulder, CO 80304

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                      lotuseedpaste Sep 1, 2010 10:43 PM

                      I don't think there is any relation - Korea House in Boulder is small and seems to be run by a family, no grills.

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                      Korea House
                      2750 Glenwood Dr Ste 4, Boulder, CO 80304

                      1. re: lotuseedpaste
                        tatamagouche Sep 2, 2010 06:11 AM

                        Add it to your list then...i've only been once, but thought it good, and the menu is impressive in not dumbing it down. (I *haven't* been elsewhere in Aurora, though I keep meaning to, so they may all be good about that. Looking forward to finding out.)

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