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Bulgogi Brothers

Posted by Guest Contributor / Listed on October 7, 2012 / review policy

bulgogi brothers torontoBulgogi Brothers is a Korean BBQ restaurant chain that has just opened its first Canadian location in Richmond Hill. Tabletop grills set the stage for a meal composed of many cuts of beef, marinated in a variety of different sauces.

Our party of five arrive on a quiet Tuesday night. The restaurant is almost empty which doesn't create a great first impression. The upside, of course, is we get plenty of attention from our server who enthusiastically explains the menu and answers all of our questions.

bulgogi brothers torontoWe decide to share the Noon Kkotdeungsim Modeum Gui ($58.99), a combination of Noon Kkotdeungsim (aged ribeye), Unyang Style Bulgogi (heart-shaped bulgogi) and Yangnyeom Galbi (marinated beef ribs). Accompanying this are two stews: Chadol Daenjang-jjigae (soybean stew) and Kimchi-jigae (kimchi stew), and a Dolsot Bibimbap (stone pot rice), which are all offered at a reasonable price of $4.99 when ordered with any meat platter.

bulgogi brothers torontoArriving at the table first is some nourishing hot corn tea and a refillable plate of steamed Korean corn on the cob and edamame. Then comes the Banchan (free side dishes): kimchi, white kimchi, butternut squash salad, lotus root and soybean paste flavoured with hot peppers. The variety (and free refills) win us over, and it was nice to see some variation from the typical banchan served at most Korean restaurants around the GTA.

bulgogi brothers torontoOn goes the grill and our server begins cooking up an outer ring of garlic, onions and mushrooms that eventually soak up all the beautiful beefy juices. The Noon Kkotdeungsim is prepared medium rare and is reminiscent of japanese wagyu in both flavour and texture.

bulgogi brothers torontoThe Unyang Style Bulgogi is prepared in a heart-shaped beef patty and our server notes that the formation of the patties is quite a tedious task. The texture reminds me of a fairly finely-ground burger patty, and to be honest, is my least favourite item of the night.

bulgogi brothers torontoThe Yangyeom Galbi go on last and are incredibly tender beef ribs in a traditional Kalbi marinade. The meat melts in your mouth as through it were slow-cooked for hours.

The two stews and bibimbap are average at best. As incredibly tasty as the beef was, we were still feeling a bit hungry by the end of the dinner and the complementary Melona ice cream bar certainly didn't remedy that.

bulgogi brothers torontoOverall, Bulgogi Brothers serves high quality beef but I'm not convinced it's worth the price. As the empty restaurant might prove, most diners might be swayed to one of the many AYCE KBBQ (Korean Barbeque, although often run by Chinese owners) options nearby that may not match the quality, but overall deliver better value for your buck.

bulgogi brothers torontoWriting by Bryan Chang



Jeremy / October 7, 2012 at 09:40 am
Went here shortly after it opened. Was with a coworker who started to eat his corn ....and pulled a giant grub out of the corn he was eating. After we all tried not to vomit, we walked out and never came back.
Rick / October 7, 2012 at 10:37 am
Why would they build a KBBQ spot when Chako is right next door, and already well established?
Yan replying to a comment from Jeremy / October 7, 2012 at 03:03 pm
It's an East Asian version of protein. :)
Right replying to a comment from Jeremy / October 8, 2012 at 12:48 am
Sure you did...
Martinelli replying to a comment from Jeremy / October 8, 2012 at 02:18 am
Was its name Clark Nova?
TJ / October 9, 2012 at 03:05 pm
As is the case with all these restaurants in this complex before it, it is a "new" restaurant trying to establish itself while charging a premium. Do people not understand this concept doesn't work? Brazilian grill, some Italian restaurant, some quasi Marlowe wannabe (dining with night entertainment), wing place, sushi place; etc. All these restaurants have come and gone in this complex using the silly "strategy" of charging a premium price (a price above their competition) when they are a brand new completely unknown entity. The only established business that failed in this complex was Boston Pizza but they were the 2nd sports bar in the complex after an established Jack Astors had been there for many years before BP tried to come in.
Emily / October 10, 2012 at 11:01 pm
I do agree that the price is high. However, I thought the quality of the beef is superb! I probably will go back for special occasions only though......
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