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I'm looking for good Korean food - exploring previous threads on this site are old so I wanted to revisit recommendations. Can anyone recommend good restaurants, ideally where I can get bibimbap (my fave) but also good kimchi and possibly BBQ dishes?

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  1. I've had a good bibimbap for lunch at the new Park (victoria ave. in Westmount) a couple of weeks ago.

    1. My favourite bibimbap is still at Kagopa on St-Jacques next to Classy carwash.

      Best kimchi and pajun is at Hwang Kum on Sherbrooke W, near Honeymartin.

      I've never been a fan of Masion Bulgogi on Sherbrooke, but some people like it.

      As for BBQ - i saw a place in Chinatown 2 that advertises all you can eat for pretty cheap (on the south side near Kazu). I've recently tired the BBQ at Chez Hwang on upper Lachine -it was decent and all you can eat for about $20/$25, no veggies though. They do serve BBQ with vegs at the Golf Simulator Korean restaurant (former Peel Pub on St-Jacques).

      The abysmal Seoul BBQ on Cavendish has switched sides of the street recently - i'm might try out the new place soon; the old location/ food was gross, and i'm hoping the've upped their game given the increase in competition in NDG

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      1. re: Arktik

        Thanks for the highlights - think I will check out Kagopa and Hwang Kum

        1. re: Arktik

          Golf place would be Shabu Shabu- some friends like it. For fancier, Atti on University that another friend likes but it's so so for me. I used to like Manna on Bishop but it's been hit and miss lately. I do like the blood sausage at Kagopa.

          1. re: chilipepper

            I like Shabu Shabu. We took the Northern Ontario part of the family there around Easter, just to rock their little world. I think they actually enjoyed it, and the kimchi and small salad at the start were again varied and excellent.
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/822534

            1. re: TheSnowpea

              "We took the Northern Ontario part of the family there around Easter, just to rock their little world"
              - thats funny as well as interesting. Can you let us know their thoughts?

              1. re: porker

                My father in law loved the various kimchis and small salad sides that they serve at the start, and the shabu2 as well. My FIL loves to cook and he's adventurous, so he really got into it. They don't get a lot of exotic foods up there, but he's willing to try.

                My mother in law seemed to enjoy some of the kimchis, and ate some of the veggies in soup... but she has a small appetite and soon declared herself too full to eat another bite. She claims she prefers 'plain food' (raw veggies, meats, broth and noodles are pretty dang plain in my books, but heh).

                She totally missed out on those big fat and delicious noodles at the end.

                1. re: TheSnowpea

                  Sounds like a good time!

                  1. re: TheSnowpea

                    I think the word you are looking for is banchan.

                    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banchan

                    1. re: SnackHappy

                      Ah! Thank you.

                      So yes, they offer great banchan at Shabu Shabu. :) My favourite last time was a wilted greens dish with crumbled tofu that was almost reminiscent of feta. .

          2. I've mostly had their excellent sushi, but Misoya in Lasalle is a very good family run place.

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            1. re: ScoobySnacks20

              Is Misoya licensed for alcohol?
              I pass this place all the time heading to/from Sami Fruit.

              1. re: porker

                I don't think so, but I usually go either at lunch or takeout.