Restaurant: Chako BBQ
Location: Richmond Hill
Address: 163 York Blvd
Price Range: $10~15
1: Poor 2: OK 3: Good 4: Very Good 5: Excellent
* AYCE Korean BBQ/Sushi
* AYCE Lunch/Late night menu avail
* Max 2 hour seating
* Takes reservation
I rarely went out for Korean BBQ until I moved to Toronto. AYCE Korean BBQ is so popular in Toronto, almost every corner you turn- you can smell meat! After trying out Korean Grill House (Check out my review here) couple times, I decided to give Chako a try after I became more so familiar with uptown.
Chako serves Korean BBQ as well as Japanese sushi for lunch, dinner and late night. Me and my friends arrived for dinner on a weekend without reservation and ended up waiting around 40 minutes. Be aware that it gets super smokey inside the restaurant and yes, you will smell like Korean BBQ from head to toe after.
To be honest, waiting for 40 minutes in that smokey restaurant almost gave me a headache- my friend and I had to step out for a bit.
We were starving by the time we sat down, so we just ordered almost everything off from their dinner menu (I mean, it is all you can eat...) All you can eat dinner menu has vegetables, sushi, rolls, meat, seafood and dessert.
For side dishes, they have fried tofu, kimchi, radish, bean sprout and cold noodle. These are all pretty standard and is also served at Korean Grill House. In terms of taste and quality of side dishes, I have to say that it's pretty similar. None of them excellent, but good enough to eat with AYCE BBQ.
For BBQ, we ordered Sliced beef, Ox Tongue, Short Rib, Chicken, Shrimp, Calamari and Fish Fillet (Salmon). My favorites were definitely Short Rib- they were seasoned well (almost a little too well). Shrimps were decent but hard to eat because you have to peel every single one of them.
I didn't find sushi to be anything special- all the rice was kind of warm and I thought that was kind of nasty. For a AYCE place, turnover rate of fish would be fast but I don't think they would use a top quality fish anyways. I skipped most of sushi but tried one of each just to get a taste. Rolls were just standard but had a little too much rice.
Summary: Obviously when you go to AYCE BBQ spots, you don't expect top quality meat to be served. Chako did it's best to serve AYCE BBQ and it did good enough job for me. I don't know if I would go out of my way to choose Chako over Korean Grill House because it is so far plus there isn't much quality/taste difference. If you want cheap Korean BBQ in uptown, check out Chako but make sure to bring febreeze in your car.