I asked for Korean Food one night, and this is what my dear Food GPS points me towards. Let’s dive right in; Samsoonie Noodle and Rice, a restaurant tucked away in a corner of an oddly shaped plaza. These places usually scream, “I’m delicious, come to me!” Let’s find out if that’s the case.
While we were brainstorming ideas for our Friday lunch, my co-worker recommended Yakinikuya for their lunch sets. They’re a Japanese BBQ place with some Korean influence. It was the only real rainy day of the month that day and the restaurant was empty. All the lunch sets come with a bowl of miso soup. By the way, their online menu isn’t quite updated.
I discovered Haroo two years ago and that’s pretty much where I go for Korean food if I don’t want to go downtown. It’s tucked in a corner next to Deer Garden on Alexandra Road.
Happy December! I can’t believe Christmas is only 24 days away! I’m trying to get Christmas-y now and I just decorated my staircase with purple and gold foil garland.
Long post ahead!
For my friend’s birthday, we decided to celebrate at Sura Korean restaurant in Richmond. It’s located where Tropika used to be inside Aberdeen mall. I’ve never been to their location in downtown before but the reviews for the Richmond location were really bad… so I was just crossing my fingers and hoping they were wrong.
The servers will bring your food over on a small cart with all the food on it instead of carrying each plate. For the Bulgogi Bibimbap, they mixed it tableside and they ask you how much hot sauce you want mixed in too. Since we had a lot of people sharing I didn’t end up trying a lot of this dish but it tasted standard.
My friend and I were really not sure what to eat so we decided that the best strategy would be to walk up and down Alexandra Road until we saw something we liked. This actually worked for us haha We found Hanok Korean Restaurant and for some reason I’ve never noticed it before! It’s in the small plaza beside Jang Mo Jib. I also noticed that Kam Do Restaurant has been replaced by a different restaurant. Perhaps they moved?
We were interested in trying this Korean restaurant because we had previously been to Haroo and we really liked it so we wanted to compare and try other Korean options in Richmond. The interior was fairly large and spacious with a lot of wood motifs.
I of course I had to order the Bibimbap. Anything else just didn’t seem right to me. This bibimbap had a nice assortment of veggies, egg and well, more veggies! Not that I minded! I did find this dish lacking in flavour, I ended up using the hot sauce which actually wasn’t that hot either so it wasn’t that helpful. Overall it was still not bad but could be better. If you like your egg more runny then you might not be as happy though. However, I really don’t have a huge egg preference so it was fine to me. In fact, I mostly eat them scrambled in case you wanted to know.
We also had some kimchi, seaweed and potatoes as our side dishes. The kimchi felt like it needed to be marinated longer, the seaweed was ok and the potatoes weren’t too special. The Spicy Rice Cakes was one of our side dishes and it was not that spicy and a little too soft for me and not chewy enough.
Okay nothing was particularly outstanding here it just seemed pretty mediocre to me. Keep in mind that it was $8.99 though. Or it could’ve also been the items we ordered weren’t that special. The verdict is that Haroo is much better but I wouldn’t mind coming back and giving them another try. The lunch specials are a good deal too.
Okay I haven’t really ventured into Korean food much, mostly because all the Korean restaurants are either downtown or in Coquitlam/Burnaby. However, I did hear about Haroo through the food blogger grapevine and it was conveniently located on Alexandra road next to Deer Garden. It is fairly small inside and reservations are recommended. I had a small group for my birthday so I thought this place would be perfect.
We started off our meal with the usual side dishes (sorry no pictures) as well as a salad and Korean style congee. On the menu it says that you can only get one refill of the side dishes. We were too full from our meal though so we never refilled it anyway.
I didn’t think it would be THIS big though! There was a lot of seafood incorporated into the pancake and the pancake was quite thick too. I like the crispy batter but I’m not sure if some people will say if it’s too thick or not. I really enjoyed this though! It didn’t feel too greasy either. The pancake was served on a rack on top of the pan, perhaps so that the bottom will not become too greasy? I think this is one of the best seafood pancakes I’ve ever had though!
Of course we can’t get Korean food without ordering Bibimbap! We chose the Bulgogi Bibimbap I believe. Served with plenty of veggies, this was a very satisfying dish. The bulgogi was lightly marinated and not overcooked or dry. It also came with spicy sauce on the side in case you needed that extra kick to your meal. This is more like a personal sized bowl but of coures you can share as well. You really can’t go wrong with bibimbap! =D
Next we had the Spicy Pork which also came with a fair amount of veggies and topped with some radish I believe. I’m not sure since I didn’t really eat that part hehe. I loved this dish too it was fairly spicy and the pork was very tender. This dish came with a bowl of rice which would be great for soaking up the spicy sauce! Our food came quite quickly after we ordered and we were really impressed with their speediness.
Finally we had another one of my favourites, Japchae or Korean Glass Noodles! Yes okay almost everything we ate was my favourite lol ^__^ Don’t worry everyone else liked the food too! The noodles were soft and sort of like vermicelli but thicker and bouncier? I just loveee these noodles! As with the other dishes, there were also veggies mixed in as well. Yay for veggies!
We had also brought a cake and we asked them to put it in the fridge for us but we were informed that there would be a 15% charge for cutlery for the cake. O__O But we didn’t have a choice since we already brought the cake right so we obliged. I assumed they would cut the cake for us too but we were only provided with the necessary cutlery so I’m not sure why they need to charge us an extra 15% for that! There is also a limit of one credit card transaction per table as well and a minimum charge of something like $10 per person. However, many dishes are ~$18 so that shouldn’t be a problem even if you were sharing.
Besides that, we were all very satisfied with our meal here. The dishes are great for sharing as well and if you’re not too hungry you can always get the personal sized bibimbap or tofu soup dishes. This is my new go-to Korean restaurant for sure (so far at least!) Also there aren’t many in Richmond so it’s a good convenient place to check out.
I biked the seawall with my coworkers!!! It only took us an hour plus stopping for pictures so it was faster than I expected and renting wasn’t so bad either $10.64. =) Maybe I’ll do it again before summer is over.
Obviously we got food after and since the bike rental place was on Denman, we decided to go on Robson for some Korean food! It was a nice day so we decided to sit on the patio.
They had a deal for unlimited all you can eat of some hot pot dishes for $13.95 but we didn’t go for that.
I haven’t had Korean food in a loooong time and I wanted Jap Che! This one has beef in it and a lot of veggies like onions, zucchinis, mushrooms, carrots, green onions and spinach leaves lining the sides of the plate. I wasn’t expecting this much sauce with the noodles though. I would have preferred it more dry like at some other places but it was still ok. It had a lot of beef and mushroom flavour. It was pretty big and I couldn’t finish it. It was $14.99.
My friend’s kimchi fried rice. This was $9.99
Seafood pancake. Typical seafood pancake I think! This was $8.99.
My friend ordered this rice meal with spicy chicken and cabbage but she asked for it to be mildly spicy so it didn’t have any flavour… :S Also it was slightly dry too. This was $8.99.
Beef bibimbap! A popular Korean dish I would have ordered it but I had just had one the week before. Look at all those yummy ingredients! This was $9.99.
I noticed there were a lot of flies hovering by the patio though but none actually came near the food. The waitress also let us split the bill even though we had a shared item.