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Location: 3A-341 North Road, Coquitlam, BC (Strip mall beside Wings)
Phone: (604) 936-0222
Hours: Mon-Sat: 9AM – 8:30PM | Closed on Sundays
- Parking in front
- Cheap and affordable
- Best Kimbab I’ve had
- Not for the large crowd
This is a hidden little gem in Coquitlam. I learned of this place from my brother who have been here multiple times. He seems to be able to find all the value restaurants around town. This was my second time back, the first time I managed to forgot to bring my camera.
First of all, this place doesn’t serve tea. It’s got something better! Broth, now I’m not sure what kind of broth this is. But I’m guessing it’s beef. The broth is just what’s needed on a cold winter day. The first time we were here, they had ran out. But this time, we came for lunch and they had it!
Most of their menus are in Korean, so you may have a hard time reading that if you don’t know the language. However, they have pictures and I think their wall menus have English translation.
This restaurant, unlike others, don’t have a wide variety of Banchan (what they call appetizers), which usually comes with your order of entrees.
I liked the Bulgogi kim bab which was a minced beef korean sushi roll. Each roll had at least 10 pieces, good enough for 2 to 4 people to share.
Al Bab is their version of the hot stone pot rice. Instead of the usual ingredients, which includes beef, cucumber, carrots, eggs. They have something a bit more exciting. They have it topped with seaweed, tuna, cheese, and masago. Everything just melts into your mouth.
And they have sauces to up the flavours of the rice. Both are fairly sweet and the red one a bit spicy but nothing exotic. The brown one is sweet to taste.
Forgot what this one was called, this is a Korean dumpling soup bowl. It was a bit disappointing because it’s only got 3 dumplings inside. But at least they were huge dumplings. The broth was clear. Didn’t think this was too much of value.
Overall, I like the food here. Especially the kim bab. The dishes are inexpensive and qutie reasonable. The ambiance is a little dull and worn on the inside, very consistent with their price point. I can see this being my regular visit Korean restaurants. Too bad it’s not open on Sundays.