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Koryo - Korean in Lakeview

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Koryo - Korean in Lakeview

Shannon Clark | Nov 17, 2003 04:33 PM

So, the other night my girlfriend and I were in the mood for something spicy and different, but didn't want to go too far from our neighborhood (it was a damp and rainy Chicago evening).

We decided to try Koryu, on Broadway.

Koryo is a Korean BYOB place (at the moment) which opened about 4 months ago. The reviews on places such as Metromix mostly commented on the decor, with a few very differing opinions as to the food (many from people who had never eaten Korean before).

As someone who regularly eats along Lawrence ave (mostly at 24hr Korean Restaurant due the hours at which I head up there), I was curious if Koryu would stand up to Lawrence ave.

Our verdict, the food was very tasty, portions generous, service friendly and the space very attractive. Certainly a great addition to the neighborhood and worth checking out if you are, for example, going to a film at the nearby Landmark Century theaters.

The menu is somewhat of a "best of" Korean menu, a good variety of soups, a few appetizers, kalbi, bulgoki (including a cook at your table serving with lettuce etc whiched looked quite nice) and other standards such as bibimbop. Not a large menu but very nice.

The rotate the accompaning small dishes, and you may have to ask for the Kimchi. Our waitress was very willing to give us more of the dishes we liked, and as we were talking with her on the way out she indicated that if you explain that you like korean flovors she would happily serve the more authentic sides such as fish cakes etc if they have them.

I had the spicy pork bulgogi, which was very tasty indeed. My girlfriend had the beef bulgogi which was nice, slightly sweet, and a good contrast to the spice of my pork. The waitress say that their chicken bulgogi was very good, so I'll probably try their spicy version of that next time.

The bill for the two of us with a korean pear drink and our two entrees was $32. So more expensive than Lawrence ave by a few bucks an entree, but not priced unreasonablely, especially since we had enough leftover for lunch the next day.

Shannon

Koryo
2936 N Broadway
773-477-8510

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