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The Best Korean BBQ in Toronto

Posted by Darren "DKLo" Susilo / March 16, 2015

best korean bbq torontoThe best Korean BBQ restaurants in Toronto take grilled meats to new heights. Choose from classics like steak, ribs and pork belly to adventurous eats like pig intestine - all cooked with an abundance of sweet and savoury sauces. (Pro tip: Stay away from wearing your Sunday best, unless you're on a dare which consists of eating that nice shirt you just got.)

Here are the best Korean BBQ restaurants in Toronto.

See also:

The best Korean restaurants in Toronto
The best bibimbap in Toronto

Posted by Darren "DKLo" Susilo. He hangs out on the Twitter and his own mansion.

Photo by Sebastian Ip via the blogTO Flickr pool.

Sariwon

Sariwon

Those in the know, know that for excellent sirloin beef BBQ, you head to Sariwon. This Thornhill establishment serves up all your usual popular options, but they also serve a "lightly seasoned" beef dish, which is great if you feel like getting a meatier flavour with less of the sweetness that usually permeates Korean BBQ dishes. Huge portions, huge banchans, and huge crowds during mealtimes - that's what it's all about here. More »

Korean Village Restaurant

Korean Village Restaurant

For almost 40 years, this old-school Korean restaurant has been feeding Koreatown local and visitors with their huge array of menu options. Among their BBQ offerings are the excellent mushroom and beef skewers, along with the fatty (but so satisfying) pork belly BBQ. Excellent service and a homey, comfortable feel round up the positives here. More »

Huh Ga Ne

Huh Ga Ne

This nice, brightly-lit restaurant is located almost smack-dab at the Yonge and Finch intersection. Be it sirloin beef or thinly sliced pork belly, Huh Ga Ne does it right and draws in the locals (who are overwhelmingly Korean), so you know it's legit. Unpretentious surroundings, friendly service - and to top it all off, it's open 24 hours. More »

Jangwon Korean BBQ

Jangwon Korean BBQ

When I found out that this place has bacon as part of their Korean BBQ repertoire, the only question left was how fast I could get here. And then of course, came the super-fun fact that it was also an AYCE place. The meats were fresh if a bit fatty (but then again, isn't that the point?) and the service is always pleasant, if a bit lacking in English. Baconator, eat your heart out. More »

Seoul House

Seoul House

Excellent, quality meats are the name of the BBQ game at Seoul House, and though there is a minimum of two orders of each kind of meat (effectively making dining for one here super expensive), it's hard to beat how succulent the ribs here are. Their gamjatang (pork bone soup) is delightfully tasty, and complements your heavy BBQ dishes nicely. More »

Piggy's Restaurant

Piggy's Restaurant

Winner of the cutest Korean restaurant award from yours truly, Piggy's serves up some of Korean BBQ's more exotic meats. The pork intestine BBQ is, to put it mildly, rather unusual (but surprisingly delicious when mixed with their special sauce), while the regular offerings like the boneless beef ribs are satisfyingly large in portion and taste. More »

Lee Namjang

Lee Namjang

Conveniently located close to the Yonge-Sheppard subway station, this cozy restaurant serves up an awesome jumuluk (sesame sliced beef) as part of their BBQ repertoire. Pair it up with an order of their excellent signature oxtail soup, and you've got yourself a winner. More »

Charcoal and Salt

Charcoal and Salt

This restaurant is tightly squeezed in between many other Korean businesses in a rather cramped section of Koreatown North, which is exacerbated by their lack of prominent English signage. Once you manage to reach this Shangri-La, however, you can enjoy their succulent and delicious galbi ribs, nicely complemented by their large selection of sizzling plate specialties like spicy chicken. More »

Chako

Chako

There is a certain amount of debate as to whether or not Chako is considered a real Korean BBQ place. But while its authenticity is questionable, the value that you get here is not. With a large variety of meats, spacious rooms with high ceilings (which cut down on the smoky smell your sweater will get post-meal), and a rather upscale atmosphere - not to mention a late night AYCE menu that rings in at about $15 - it would be morally indefensible for me not to give a nod to this chain. More »

Discussion

17 Comments

Night Owl / March 16, 2015 at 04:05 pm
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Korean Grill House!
Mal / March 16, 2015 at 04:26 pm
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Very impressed with this list over your previous Korean BBQ restaurants, but I will remind you, I don't care what anyone calls it or says it is, CHAKO IS NOT KOREAN BBQ!
Aydin / March 16, 2015 at 04:33 pm
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I'm a big fan of Arisu in Koreatown.

It's very clean, the menu is large, and the dining room is comfortable.
They have great combinations that fit any price range.
It's not All-You-Can-Eat - it's much better quality.
Oysterphobic / March 16, 2015 at 05:07 pm
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Recently had dinner at Arisu with a group of friends, two of which got violently ill after eating. We think oysters may have been the culprit so I would definitely exercise caution if dabbling with seafood. Hopefully it was just a one-off.
BH replying to a comment from Aydin / March 16, 2015 at 06:13 pm
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Arisu used to be really good and one of our favourites in Koreatown but they changed their menu (took out some nice set menus like the couples set) and last time we went I booked a booth the night before and then when we arrived they couldn't find our reservation.

So we were put at a regular table (we ordered a BBQ set and it's too crowded for tables) across from an empty booth. We sat for almost an hour looking at the empty booth but they told us they couldn't give it to just two people. Just before we left they gave the booth to two women who hadn't even reserved the booth. Completely ruined the experience. Chalk it up to incompetence or worse, but never again for us.
Basement / March 16, 2015 at 10:10 pm
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the bbq at Seor Ak San is very good. It's as good as korean village restaurant and its about half the price. their side dishes are really good there and everything is super fresh. most people don't order the bbq but i always ask for half pork belly and half beef or short ribs and its about $40 all in and its more than enough for 2.
not toronto / March 16, 2015 at 11:10 pm
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richmond hill is not toronto
Frank Johnstone IV replying to a comment from BH / March 17, 2015 at 01:09 am
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You have me worried about going. Can anyone recommend a friendly place that does not impose strict rules on how and where to sit, the types of food you can order, how to eat it? Some of friends have had nasty experiences that resulted in shouting matches with servers. NO TIP, but that's another horror story.
Basement replying to a comment from Frank Johnstone IV / March 17, 2015 at 08:38 am
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Seor Ak San. Been there probably 10+ times and had to BBQ about 4 times. It is around $30 for the meal which is enough for 2 and includes 1 meat but I always ask for half of two types of meat for the same price and I swear they give you like 2 full portions. They give you all the stuff you need like lettuce, sauce, garlic, plus a really good tofu stew. Place is solid all around.
Mike / March 17, 2015 at 11:37 am
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Chako sucks. It's over marinated and very salty. Everything tastes the same. Defintiely don't recommend going there. It's AYCE and the food quality suffers.

My go to is Piggy's when I'm uptown and Korean Village or Arisu when I'm downtown.
Sam I Am / March 17, 2015 at 01:05 pm
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Jangwon is as 'authentic' as it can be for Toronto within K-town south and I would vote for it over Korean Village (which is also good, don't get me wrong).
me / March 17, 2015 at 01:24 pm
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Korean village has ridiculous prices and the food is poor quality
duder replying to a comment from Sam I Am / March 17, 2015 at 02:04 pm
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Yeah I'd second Jangwon. It used to be called Jinmirak (same setup, and as far as I can tell, the same staff). Lots of young people and closely resembled the BBQ joints in South Korea I used to frequent. Price is pretty reasonable, too.
Andy / March 22, 2015 at 10:49 pm
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This is also a pretty good korean BBQ place in Waterloo.
http://miamiscellaneous.blogspot.ca/2015/03/fun-day-of-food.html
Chico / April 9, 2015 at 12:40 pm
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I realize some people still call the GTA "Toronto", but I really wish BlogTO would concentrate more on the city of Toronto. I'm not going to drive 30km up to Markham for Korean BBQ.
jimmy / April 12, 2015 at 09:01 am
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World class city like Toronto?
We need a better restaurant like Arisu on Bloor St especially in Korean Bbq.
They are offering truly authentic style Korean bbqs with
selections of quality meat.
Especially Galbi the beef short rib was delicious and mouth watering same as in Seoul.
Good and clean without smoky smell ,it is the another reason why I am fond of Arisu and going back again.
Eric / April 25, 2015 at 01:13 pm
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I've eaten at Arisu many times however, the one time my girlfriend and I ate there for dinner, we immediately got the runs. I haven't gone to the place since. It's probably due to their wide selection that they are unable to keep all their ingredients completely fresh. I've read and heard personally of similar experiences from friends.

Place definitely looks clean but as far as food handling is concerned, I'm not convinced.

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