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New Korean in Calgary

alley | | Jul 1, 2007 07:29 PM

Seoul Korean BBQ has opened in the old Soprano's location at 4336 Macleod Trail. Had lunch there today, it has an impressive and authentic menu, lots of bbq options and combos for groups, grill at the table, eating with metal chopsticks made me feel like I was back in Pusan or Seoul. Some dishes (like spicy octopus and pork belly, and interesting soups and noodle dishes) that I haven't seen since I stopped working in Korea. Place was filled with Korean families, pretty busy for a Sunday afternoon.

Tho it has high ceilings and is airy, I would imagine it could get a bit smoky on a busy Friday or Saturday night, as they don't have fans over the bbq grills.

Didn't have the bbq, I was by myself for lunch, I tried the dolsot bibimbap (served properly in a hot stone bowl, not as hot as they would do it in Korea but they have more legal liability issues here to worry about I would think), and the seafood pancake (can't remember the Korean name, in this case a bit too much pancake, a little light on the seafood and green onion, but tasty nonetheless) and 3 side dishes: pretty good kimchi, bean sprouts and spicy turnip dish that I never did learn the proper name of, hit the spot. Free cold green tea when you sit down, full selection of drinks (licensed) including bekseju which I haven't had for a while and will try another time with friends.

The service was friendly and quite Korean, so order carefully, and things were a bit slow, so I will give it a couple of more weeks to tune up before going back with a group to try the bbq.

Promising, could be competition for Bow Bulgogi for a Korean night out, especially if the bbq works out.

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