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Offbeat Oct 26, 2010 09:43 PM

I have lived my entire life in Calgary and have seen many restaurants come and go. Some good, some bad, but what I have never seen in this city is a good authentic korean place. Does anyone know where I can find one?

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    piano boy RE: Offbeat Oct 27, 2010 12:07 AM

    I grew up in Edmonton and didn't appreciate what a treasure a good Korean restaurant really is until I moved here.

    The one I go to is Hankang in the strip mall beside Northland mall. Just east behind the gas station.

    3616 52 Ave. NW

    It's a little westernized, mild kim chi and the likes but the flavour is there and the service is excellent. Very reasonable prices as well. The Bul Go Gi is nice but try the spicier pork version. Orders come with a side of rice/kimchi/sprouts/etc. automatically.

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      Sisero RE: piano boy Dec 20, 2010 08:40 PM

      Bow Bul Go Gi House on 17th Avenue SW is really great too. Not fancy, actually a little hole in the wall, but those places are my favorite!

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        sallymah RE: piano boy Dec 21, 2010 09:16 PM

        I haven't been to Hankang in a few years, so I don't know if it's gotten better or not. But I used to go there lots and found that the tea was quite stale. Reason being, the owner recycled the tea from the teapots used. Yuck. Stopped going there since.

        Sura is ok, though expensive for it's portion size.

        Kimchi House down in chinatown (in the little mall across from Visions Eyecare) is quite good. I would highly recommend it if you work near downtown.

        Seoul on MacLeod Trail is my all time fave cuz portions and price is reasonable, and food is authentic Korean :)

        Don Day down by 7th and 7th is very good! Have yet to try to Pork Bone Soup there, but all the Korean international students seem to go there for that, so it's definitely authentic food! Warning: You'll smell like the food after (all part of the korean cuisine experience though)!

        Those are all the korean restaurants I can think of for now. Hope that helps! Happy Eating!

      2. John Manzo RE: Offbeat Oct 27, 2010 07:26 AM

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6846...

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          sharonanne RE: John Manzo Oct 27, 2010 09:32 AM

          Good to have that thread updated. 8 months ago is so last year!

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          foodkarma RE: Offbeat Oct 27, 2010 10:20 PM

          We go to Seoul on Macleod for yookgaejang (spicy beef soup) and seafood hot pot

          Lately though my fave korean restaurant in Calgary is the new Korean Village (took over Dae Jeung Geum) on 10 Ave, we like their jajangmyun and dol sot bimbimbap

          An added plus to Korean Village, you can stop by Arirang and buy some korean groceries or sauces then go to the duk shop and get some fresh made duk (i.e. rice cakes).

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            pasaker RE: foodkarma Oct 27, 2010 10:38 PM

            I love Seoul Korean BBQ on MacLeod Trail too! Their hotpots and barbecues I think are the best in the city. The only thing is sometimes I find them to be so overwhelming since there's so many groups of people going in. It's a great place for groups of friends and family to go out and eat too, but if you're looking for something more intimate of a setting I would suggest Sura Korean Restaurant at 2320 4 St NW (best to hit 4 St NW from 16th Avenue). I like their side dishes more than Seoul Korean, but the atmosphere is so much relaxed and comforting I find. They do hotpots and barbecues as well, but they also have specials on their board when you walk in and everyone is quite friendly. Just another option to the Korean scene if your looking for something a little more of a relaxed atmosphere.

            Link to their Urbanspoon review:
            http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/15/143396...

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            Seoul Korean BBQ
            4336 MacLeod Trail SW, Calgary, AB T2G 0A4, CA

            Sura Korean Restaurant
            2320 4 St NW, Calgary, AB T2M 2Z6, CA

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              foodosopher RE: pasaker Oct 27, 2010 11:15 PM

              +1 on Sura. I wish they were a bit busier so the ingredients would be a bit fresher, but great execution, nice flavours, great prices. As pasaker has noted, the banchan are excellent there.

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                ilovealbertabeets RE: pasaker Oct 29, 2010 08:37 AM

                + another re: Sura. Great banchan, and the as noted the staff are really pleasant. Has anyone been to Hankang near Crowfoot?

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                makan2 RE: foodkarma Oct 28, 2010 03:29 PM

                foodkarma, you and me both. I love Korean Village esp Dolsot Bibimbap! Try their Dogani Tang sometime - unsalted, milky tendon soup - eat with their special chilli oil and rice. Yummers!!

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                  foodkarma RE: makan2 Oct 28, 2010 07:15 PM

                  Makan - that sounds great! We'll definitely have to try it. I love gori gomtang and gomtang so I think that'll hit the spot! Thanks for the recommendation.

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                    John Manzo RE: makan2 Oct 29, 2010 07:31 AM

                    Good and cheap dolsot bibimbap at the Korean place in the City Centre food court (the building that houses Han's and Delicious Country).

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                    Delicious Country
                    303 Centre St SW #104, Calgary, AB T2P 2B9, CA

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                      makan2 RE: John Manzo Oct 29, 2010 06:28 PM

                      Thanks, John. I'll remember the next time I'm in Chinatown.

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