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Anyone been to Gabose for Korean? Looking for good eats in Fort Lauderdale...

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morganeats Oct 21, 2010 07:35 AM

Im going to be up in Fort Lauderdale saturday night and want to find a good spot to eat. We were thinking Johnny V's bc we like it there but Id sort of like to go somewhere different, more low key and maybe off the beat and path. Gabose is first on my list but Ive read/heard very little about it... I am open to other suggestions and other types of food (but I want more of a hole in the wall then a big fancy ordeal ... )

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Johnny V
625 East Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

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    Alfred G Oct 21, 2010 12:38 PM

    The Korean BBQ at Gabose is fabulous. I recommend it without hesitation. The rest of the Korean food is very good but I go there for the Korean BBQ. I would suggest that you make a resv for the BBQ since tables are limited. They cook the BBQ over real charcoal which is very different from any other local Korean resto. Great place -- don't miss it.

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    Gabose Korean Restaurant
    4991 N University Dr, Lauderhill, FL 33351

    1. Icantread Oct 21, 2010 06:10 PM

      very good, though I do prefer the marinated meats over the charcoal grill. Do be prepared to pay non-ethnic restaurant prices, however. Just about everything is over $10 and plenty over $20.

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        larfied Oct 22, 2010 01:00 PM

        Love Gabose! Just got written up in Sun Sentinel last week so the review might be helpful. Very good Vietnamese in Margate (Saigon Cuisine) if you're looking for another adventure.

        1. RickL Oct 22, 2010 03:34 PM

          Karen and I went to Gabose for dinner for the first time a couple of weeks ago and really enjoyed it. While many of the individual dishes are over $20, we thought the entire meal was very reasonable for what you get. We had the large Korean-style crepe with mixed seafood and scallions, a spicy pork dish, and a fish soup along with all of the sides that are traditionally a part of a Korean meal. We had food to take home and with tax, tip, and a couple of glasses of wine the bill came to less than $80.

          While I don’t know enough about Korean food to vouch for the authenticity, we really enjoyed what we ordered and we’ll make the drive from Boca again soon. The service was good and was very helpful considering our relative lack of knowledge about Korean food.

          If you want something a little further south and west, John Linn just reviewed Myung Ga Tofu & Barbecue in Weston (http://tinyurl.com/3yagahx ).

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            Raboi Oct 26, 2010 07:13 PM

            Interestingly enough, Gabose is one of our favorite restaurants over the past 8 years of living down here in Florida. While we are very caucasian, I think the wife and I are pretty good judges of authentic Korean having been eating it constantly for the past 14 years and even going so far as making our own Korean BBQ at home not to mention home made Kimchi (I kid you not)

            We absolutely love Gabose and feel it is by far the best Korean we have had in the area. Sushi Yoshi in Boca on 441 doesn't do nearly the job. Wanfu on Sample in Pompano makes a nice Jampong but otherwise its a really chinese place.

            Gabose excels at a few things. Their Korean Pancake, with seafood or scallions, is the best I have ever had and a must as an appetizer. The giganto boiling cauldrons of seafood stew are my favorite. Expensive but enough easily for two. A 1/2 Dozeon kinds on the menu and all awesome. The stir fried squid - Ojinko Bokum - is my wife new favorite. Hot, hot, and more hot with great flavor. Over rice, it is killer in more ways then one. The Japchai is by far the best version of this dish I have ever had. The Dol Sot Bi Bim Bop is also a typical great version of the classic Korean dish of leftovers.

            In terms of their table top BBQ, yes their charcoal grill is great with all the meats to choose from. To me, a bit boring, but we frequently get it as part of the overall meal for everyone to pick at. My wife feels that at least it feels healthy and is low in carbs.

            Happy eating at Gabose. Truly one of the great restaurants in Broward.

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              Buzzy2 Nov 28, 2011 07:33 AM

              I placed a detailed review under Gabose in the Chow restaurant section, so I won't copy it here, but this is one of my favorite restaurants in the US because of its authentic, homemade dishes, its 'at your table' charcoal grill option (the only place where I have ever seen this in the US) and the overall quality of the food - oh yeah, and the owners, Fred and Susan, are incredibly helpful. The food is delicious, delicious, delicious.

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              Gabose Korean Restaurant
              4991 N University Dr, Lauderhill, FL 33351

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                nhojgnos Nov 28, 2011 11:44 AM

                I am korean and this place is good, but it is super expensive.

                If you like Korean BBQ, this is as close as you will get in FL, but it is very expensive because you have to order more than for 2 to cook at the table, which is the korean bbq experience.

                A lot of people don't realize Korean food is color coded based on the nutritional content for specific organs along with how food is paired. Example, you eat red food with dark food, aka kimchi + galbi. Keep in mind, culinary standpoint, Korean entrees are not balanced because each eater adds the balancing elements in accordance with their palate. EXAMPLE - vinegar is major acid in korean cooking, we don't have citrus (updated recipes use lemon), but our main entrees wont have acid. If you want acid, you pick up the banchan with your chopsticks and eat what you want.

                Okay, that explains korean food and why the experience is based on the the consumer's palate, but it may be hard to know what will make your palate dance without a chaperone.

                Although food is great, Korean food is generally in your face with spices, so the variatian is minimal from recipe to recipe. With this is mind, you can walk to the Korean store from GaBoSe. Majority of the side dishes and things like jap chae are prepared and Faaaar cheaper. don't buy proteins here, they are the price of prime cuts, but they might have frozen boar belly (pork belly mmmm).

                Pajeon pancake, you can ask the lady to prepare the batter and pick it up, but it is pretty easy to make too.

                All in all, great food, but 5 steps is a korean store where you can walk out with way more food and have a true experience without spending 50/plate. (rather go to texas de brasil for that $$$).

                But if you really want BBQ, go to tom jenkins.... that place should be re-zoned as a crackhouse their food is sooo good.

                1. CFByrne Nov 5, 2013 08:28 AM

                  Reviving an old thread...

                  Emily Codik just wrote up a detailed rave review on Gabose...

                  http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/shorto...

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