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Oh Geul Buh Geul

Posted by Staff / Listed on April 7, 2014 / review policy

Oh Geul Buh GeulOh Geul Buh Geul is a Korean restaurant for the truly indecisive. The restaurant's offerings span the gamut of Korean cuisine. Stews, noodles, barbeque and virtually everything in between make an appearance on the menu. Located two doors down from the popular Owl of Minerva, Oh Geul Buh Geul runs on a different philosophy, choosing an expansive menu over a handful of specialty dishes.

Oh Geul Buh GeulLike many Korean restaurants, half of the seats are made up of private dining booths, with regular dining tables filling out the rest of the space. The TV is always blaring K-Pop performances. The tables and booths at this restaurant have a button to call a server, ensuring efficient service.

Oh Geul Buh GeulWhile complimentary Kimchi is standard fare for Korean joints, this place's reputation is founded on their absurd assortment of side dishes. We counted ten including the scallion pancake. These side dishes are great to munch on before the main orders come in. The spicy glazed potatoes and glass noodles were particularly satisfying.

Oh Geul Buh GeulMy three dining partners and I had come with big appetites, so we opted for the BuDae Jongol which literally translates to boot camp stew. ($25, $30 with a bottle of soju) The dish derives its name from the Korean War as it began as a method for locals to re-purpose discarded pork products from American boot camps.

This stew consists of pork belly, spam, hot dog slices, rice cakes and kimchi and comes topped with a brick of instant ramen noodles and a handful of watercress and enoki mushrooms for good measure. This is honest, low-brow comfort food and your doctor's worst nightmare.

Oh Geul Buh GeulMy friend who avoids red meat ordered the Soon (soft) Tofu Stew with a side of grilled yellow croaker ($15). The fish was nicely charred, well seasoned and served on a hot plate. The stew is intensely spicy, with the smooth silken tofu cutting the heat and the occasional oyster offering a nice seafood flavour.

Oh Geul Buh GeulOur final dish was a Korean street food favorite. Ddukbokki consists of white rice cakes fried in a sweet and spicy pepper sauce. Fish cake, onions and glass noodles round out the dish. This one seriously brought the heat. The chewy rice cakes are good for mitigating the burn.

Oh Geul Buh GeulAfter a couple of shots of soju, Korean rice wine ($5 with the Jongol) my friends and I had filled our bellies and cleared our sinuses. We were sweaty, stuffed and satisfied so we picked up the cheque, ate our complimentary orange slices and went on our way.

Oh Geul Buh Geul TorontoWriting by Walter Yoo



Foodie / April 7, 2014 at 10:14 am
My wife & I love this place! Very true about the absurd amount of banchan (small side dishes). Even when it's only the 2 of us, they give us 8-10 banchan plus the pancake, all before the meal! They even allow us to refill up to 3 of the banchan. Suffice to say, we barely have any room left in our bellies when our main dishes come.

Excellent place, great value, highly recommended!
kioch / April 7, 2014 at 11:39 am
doingitright / April 7, 2014 at 12:08 pm
Im surprised you guys didnt squeeze this restaurant in the "Top 10 cheap asian eats in Scarborough" or "10 dirty cheap eats in North York" LOL

Anyway, The jja jang meun here is one of the best. Hands down. The price plays a good part and they dont use huge amounts of onions like the other places. That is the only thing I order here TBH.

Love Korean food 2 / April 7, 2014 at 01:54 pm
You go to Eee Nam Jang and Cho Sun Oak for great Korean food in North York, no msg, no recycling the side dishes, clean etc...
Will NEVER eat here again / April 7, 2014 at 05:50 pm
Had the worst experience the last time I ate here, just this past summer. The waitress refused to take any of our orders (not even drinks) after we told them one person in our party would be extremely late and asked us to start eating without them.
I'm Chinese, and my two other friends are Filipino. The minute my Korean friend finally arrives, and starts speaking to the wait staff, it was a complete 180. They were so nice to us after that. I will never come back here again. Extremely terrible service.
Greatfood / April 7, 2014 at 08:34 pm
Great place for Korean food, been here many times because I live close by! Last time when I went (about a month ago) was with my boyfriend when it was super busy. The grandma who served us was so nice and friendly to us. She made sure we were satisfied and always gave us a friendly smiling (and we both aren't Korean). Love the amount of banchan they give us as well!! can't wait to go back again.
abc123 / April 8, 2014 at 03:18 pm
Stop deleting my comment BlogTO. This place is disgusting. I agree with the one comment above, if you're in North York and craving Korean, go to Cho Sun Ok. The Owl is okay only for their one dish.
Philip replying to a comment from Will NEVER eat here again / April 10, 2014 at 08:00 am
Makes sense they would tell you to start eating without them; you said they would be extremely late - if you don't start eating before they arrive, then that means you are occupying a table that other potential customers could use, which equals a possible financial loss to the business. Businesses like restaurants need a lot of turnaround with customers in order to be profitable. The more customers they get, the more orders are placed, the more money they make. A group of 3 people ordering a couple of drinks and just sitting there for about 30mins (or more, or however long you waited for your friend) is exactly what they DON'T want or need.
Karen / January 17, 2015 at 05:50 pm
When the fried chicken arrived, it was a big colourful plate of chicken with lots of sweet and sour sauce on it. It was good and definitely spicy.

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