Restaurant: Oh Geul Bo Geul
Location: North York
Address: 5320 Yonge St
Price Range: $10~
1: Poor 2: OK 3: Good 4: Very Good 5: Excellent
* Open late
* Patio in the back for Korean BBQ
* Serves lunch & dinner
Oh Geul Bo Geul is a Korean restaurant that is somewhat hard to notice even with their bright yellow store front sign. And don't even get me started with the name of the restaurant, even I have difficulty saying it sometimes let alone telling my non-Korean friends about this place.
But all jokes aside, Oh Geul Bo Geul (let's call it OGBG for short) serves home style Korean food and they do it well. Don't get intimidated with the length of their never-ending menu, just take time to read it and be thankful that it comes with color photos.
I've been to OGBG 3 times so far and tried different items everytime. Last time I went I had Korean BBQ in their back patio and didn't take any photos but I will combine photos from my first 2 visits and do a post here.
Once you walk in, it's all Ajumma's (older Asian ladies) working at this restaurant. There is no fancy chandliers here nor skanky girls in tight black dress, it is def laid back and feels as if you are going to a friend's house for a home cooked meal.
Ordered: Porkbelly BBQ (Sam Kyup Sal)
* Pork belly BBQ served with mushrooms, onions and veggies for wrapping
* You cook this on a BBQ grill at your table
* Served with green onions and you can add it to your 'ssam'
Green onions with chili powder and some vinegar for you to eat with the grilled meat
Ordered: Marinated Beef (Ju Mul Luk)
* Beef mixed with veggies in a sweet sauce
* I much prefer this over Bulgogi which I find it to be too sweet
* This you also cook at your table with the grill
Meat on the grill
Ordered: Kimchi Stew (KimChi JjiGae)
* It was interesting to see vermicelli in a Kimchi stew
* The soup was just spicy enough and not too sour
* Usually you eat this with a bowl of rice
Ordered: Dumplings (Mandoo)
* These were Mul-Mandoo which means it is cooked in boiling water
* You dip this into soy sauce
Ordered: Spicy Soup (Jjam Ppong Tang)
* This is usually a noodle dish but this specific one was made without for drinking
* It makes a nice dish to order when you are drinking soju
* Filled with seafood and veggies
Following photos are from my second visit
Ordered: Seafood Pancake (Hae Mul Pa Jeon)
* There wasn't much seafood in the pancake
* I didn't really enjoy this
Ordered: Spicy octopus & pork
* This is a table top cooking with veggies, octopus and pork
* You can adjust the spiciness of this dish
* Usually comes in 2 portions but we added an extra serving
* Because there was so much food it did take a while to cook
Waiting for it to cook
Finally ready to eat!
Conclusion: Now that I've been back 3 times and tried couple things off their menu, I am convinced that even from their never-ending menu- they serve good Korean food. It's nothing fancy but who cares when you can leave with your belly full and happy? If you like Korean BBQ, make sure to drop by and try their backyard patio which has TV and is undercover.