Korean BBQ House
6111 – 28 Avenue
As I started writing this post, I noticed that fellow Edmonton blogger ‘eating is the hard part’ was also through this restaurant recently (and quite possibly the same day, a few hours apart). While he took the adventurous route, we stuck with the better known classics. Our dinner started with the same trio of banchan: savoury sprouts, sweet daikon, and spicy kimchi — all good.
I have a secret obsession with Pajon, a.k.a. Puchingae. Shokutsu probably has haunting memories of me dragging him through the streets of Seoul into the wee hours of the night, in my desperate hunt for a quality vendor (with only hours before my flight out). The hunt in Seoul was a success, but this local option was fairly basic – with green onion, squid, egg and a vinegar based dipping sauce. It is an acceptable base representation, but sadly not great.
Dolsot Bibimbap was well prepared, each component contributing to the final dish once mixed together with the spicy pepper gochujang. The hot stone bowl provides plenty of heat to generate those lovely crispy bits of rice, and to cook the raw egg presented atop when mixed.
Bulgalbi, marinated and bbq’d, cross cut short ribs. Superb. Beautifully cooked with a nice char, and packed with flavour. When it comes to Korean BBQ, my preference goes to this cross-cut shortrib (even better is the butterflied ribbon effect with a larger length of bone), as I personally like the tougher connective tissue near the bone. Am I alone on this one?
The chicken bulgogi was the weakest dish of the evening. No complaints on its base flavour profile – but it lacked the bbq notes. I will point out that we fully enjoyed this dish when we cooked it tabletop (alternative option) on a prior visit.
I like this Korean restaurant as it does carry a wide range of dishes not found elsewhere in town. Quality food, reasonable prices, and friendly service – can’t really ask for more than that.