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Apr 29, 2012 06:30 PM

Where is the best Korean BBQ restaurant?

not so much expensive, quality food with good ambience?
any suggestion?
i want TRUE/Traditional Korean BBQ.

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  1. I think for Korean BBQ, you get what you pay for. TRUE Korean BBQ places do not come cheap. What do you consider inexpensive?

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      1. Seor Ak San was recommended by friends and I found their Kalbi to be decent. It is not pricey as well (they are more popular for bibimbap but their Spicy Kalbi was good)

        1. Sariwon is good. Yonge north of Steeles. Not all you can eat. Not cheap either but great food.

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          1. re: chefhound

            I think all the all-you-can-eat ones are run by Chinese.

            Didn't know Seor Ak San does BBQ, I like that place, will try it some day.

            1. re: Teep

              Not all of them are Chinese

            2. re: chefhound

              Tried Sariwon recently. There were three of us so we had the YangYumKalbi (sweet and fabulous), the ZuMulLuk (beef in sesame sauce - good but not as tasty as the Kalbi) and the SaengDeungSim (fresh sirloin - tender but not very flavourful). We only stayed away from the BulGoGi because you have to get 2 orders and we were hoping to maximize variety. Pork belly was another option but we were worried we'd be slayed by the richness.
              Our suspicion is that if you like variety this is not actually your best choice of restaurant, since the meat comes in pretty big quantities and there aren't that many options. Is the inclusion of chicken, lamb etc, a non-Korean take on Korean BBQ? (If so, that's unfortunate!)
              I'm attaching photos of the BBQ menu since we couldn't find any legible copies beforehand, and would have benefited from a preview. Hope it helps others who are interested.

            3. Looking for updated recommendations. Downtown-ish preferred.

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              1. re: biggreenmatt

                Bump. Apart from sariwon (which I've tried), do any korean bbq places stand out?

                1. re: 7smcb


                  Really curious if there are any updated recommendations in the north York/Markham area

                  1. re: disgusti

                    Chingu at Highway 7/West Beaver Creek. Seems to be Korean-owned. Very good AYCE, my only complaint is small portions meant constant re-ordering from waiters.