Dae Bak Bon Ga (West 4th)
If you’re in Kitsilano and you’ve got a hankering for some nearby Korean grub, the place that you go is Dae Bak Bon Ga on West 4th… mainly because it’s the only Korean restaurant in Kits (no, seriously!).
We first discovered Dae Bak Bon Ga after dining at the nearby restaurant, Bistrot Bistro. Even though we were stuffed from our supper, we couldn’t help but notice the wonderful Korean BBQ aroma wafting through the air and were determined to return in the future to try them out.
I suppose the main reason why there aren’t a lot of Korean restaurants in Kits is because there isn’t that big of a demand for Korean food. The restaurant seemed to be a fair size but it was really dead the whole time we were there. I have to say that things didn’t start out well because we made reservations but (due to a language problem I think) they lost our reservations. Not that it mattered because the place was empty.
We picked a number of BBQ items and some cooked dishes… so many that they had to put some of our food on the table next to us because we had no room. They brought some dipping sauces for our BBQ as well as rice and a Korean miso soup with one of our BBQ combos.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a meal without all of the little banchan dishes…kimchi, potatoes, and a number of veggie dishes.
Usually when we order Korean BBQ, we cook the food ourselves. I’m not sure if it’s because it was so dead or if they do this for everybody, but our waiter actually wound up cooking all the food for us. We started with the Seafood BBQ which had shrimp, mussels, and squid with a spicy sauce to it.
We also ordered the BBQ Combo that came with spicy chicken, pork and beef along with beef short ribs (and onion and mushroom).
We also ordered the seafood japchae. The noodles were very difficult to pick up with the tongs that they gave us but it was a very yummy dish.
One of our favourite items to order when we have Korean food is the seafood pancake and this was very good… well balanced between the batter and the seafood.
As I mentioned, the waiter did all of our cooking for us. The grilled beef ribs tasted awesome and were thicker than the short ribs that came with our combo.
The only downside was that they didn’t have a large selection of drinks (no mixed drinks at all – just beer, wine, sake, and pop). Other than that, I’m not sure why this place wasn’t busier than it was.
Food: 4.5 / 5
Service: 5 / 5
1947 West 4th Avenue