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Jun 12, 2012 08:25 AM

Bon Chon/Bull BBQ

Anyone been, early reports? Very curious to know how the Korean BBQ set up is. The area is in need of some good KBBQ!

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  1. I'm not sure it's actually Bull, it seems to be just Bon Chon. The Bull signs are in a corner in the basement. The menu does seem to have KBBQ though.

    1. So this place finally opened? Will be curious if the chicken really comes out the same as the other location. Harvard Sq is a heck of a lot easier for me to get to, than Allston, so it's nice to have an alternative when the craving hits.

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      1. re: kobuta

        I had a small take out order of wings. Seems the same to me. Which is to say yummy.

      2. Was pretty disappointed in dinner here the other night. The one bright spot was the chicken, which admittedly was good. But pricey! The atmosphere was... annoying, I guess. Loud club music playing (at 6pm on a Sunday), lack of response or eye contact from waitstaff and hostess, several fruit flies flitting around our table, dirty BBQ grill at the table we were seated at despite there being about 6 empty identical tables. A fried fish appetizer arrived well after the rest of the meal and main dishes, but was okay although pretty sweet/syrupy sauce. The squid with chili as well as a tofu/vegetable with udon were only mediocre, and too sweet. On the whole, I would say everything was too sweet. Especially that awful slaw-- I would make a pretty large bet that there was some sort of artificial sweetener in it, either sucralose or stevia is my guess. Plus, our total bill for 3 adults splitting a medium order of chicken, one appetizer and 2 noodle entrees was $80 which buys about twice as much food and ten times as much flavor at any number of other Asian eateries.

        So, despite tasty chicken, we won't be going back.

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        1. re: Parsnipity

          Interesting you mention the artifical sweetener in the slaw - I was at the Allston location, and the slaw was not sweet at all, but was a little garlicky, and pretty excellent. However, we also had pickled daikon cubes, which were very good, but there was something a little odd tasting about them, and I bet that it was some kind of sugar substitute. It made me think of the ginger you get with sushi that is apparently flavored with aspartame.

          1. re: nsenada

            Huh- yes, we got daikon cubes as well but I did not notice the artificial sweetener aftertaste with those. I also am not usually bothered by gari (pickled ginger) but whatever they used in that slaw lingered as an aftertaste in my mouth through much of the meal.

        2. Disappointing experience at the Allston outlet recently, clearly a precooked batch that had been sitting around awhile, as it came out a few minutes after we ordered, not the usual 20+. It was my first plate of fried chicken there that was less than stellar -- just plain ordinary, in fact. I think I may avoid lunch there from now on.

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          1. re: MC Slim JB

            I once had to send back a batch there and demand fresh-cooked, because the first batch had clearly been sitting around far too long. To their credit, they swapped them out without a fuss.

            1. re: MC Slim JB

              I picked up a small order from the Harvard Square outpost. Took about 15 minutes to get my grub and they were hot and fresh and SPICY! I'm hoping they will help to stave off this head cold I'm nursing. What I love about these wings is they definitely bring the heat. Nose streaming, eyes watering, and even hotter the next day. Has anyone else noticed this with certain Korean pepper laced food? The spice really intensifies in the oil upon sitting....

              1. re: MC Slim JB

                Been a while since I posted, but Slim, I had the same thing happen to me at Bon Chon in Allston. Ordered wings and they came out in 2 minutes, warm, but not hot. Complained and told them I'd be willing to wait 20-30 minutes for a freshly made batch. They apologized and gave me a new batch but unfortunately they came out another 2 minutes later, still as lukewarm as the first batch. I fake smiled, gave up, ate, left, and didn't go back.

                I think it happens more when it's quiet than when it's busy. Not sure though. Really irritating regardless.

              2. I had a pretty nice experience with a party of 7, about $20 per person after tax and tip. 40 wings (half-half), cooked galbi, cooked bulgogi, mandu gui, raw samgyeopsal for the grill, raw galbi for the grill, and japchae. Nothing really to complain, the food taste pretty similar to what I've had in korea. (obviously not as cheap)