Bool Chul Pan Korean Hot Grill
4501 North Road, Burnaby
I haven't seen my UBC friends for a LONG time, so finally a few of us made an effort to meet up. Somehow this question of where to eat always come back to me, because they say "you are a food blogger, you should know good places". But really I don't think I eat out more than the average person. So in reality, I depend on my fellow bloggers to inform me of new places to try, and this time B and I decided on Bool Chul Pan based on Chowtimes and 604foodtography's review.
When you arrive, don't bother looking for a restaurant call Bool Chu Pan, because it doesn't exist if you can't read Korean. So instead look for a yellow banner with red lettering and the English word "Korean Hot Grill" on it. It's also the restaurant at the end of this strip mall.
First came the side dishes like all Korean restaurant. We were also given a bowl of soup each, I am not entirely sure if it's part of our meal, or was it part of the side dishes. Their side dishes are not bad, but my favorite potatoe was a bit hard, and lacking in sauce.
We came here for the Hot Grill BBQ, thus ordered the medium pan fried pork/squid combo with comes with a side of fried rice for $23.95. A large one would set you back $34.95. The hot plate seems to be the same size, it's just the large had more stuff on the plate. The nice part about our visit was that the server cooks the food for us. This pictures would be after she finish cooking both the veggies/pork/squid and the fried rice. The fried rice was essential plain rice mixed in with the left over sauce from the veggies/pork/squid combination. I loved the thinly sliced pork, it soaked up the Korean gochujang real well. It was a combination of spicy sweet flavors. I think we were suppose to let the rice burn a little on the bottom, at least that's how I had it in Korea. But we were too hungry, so we just ate while it was still soggy.
After we ordered the hot grill BBQ, we noticed that they actually have combo deals. Therefore we upgraded to a combo for $39.95. Our combo include a Japanese Seafood pancake. The is similar to the Korean Seafood Pancake, but it's less doughy and more mushy. Also the main difference is the sauce, this had mayo and okonomiyaki sauce.
Our 2nd item from the combo was Kimchi soup. The soup had no other flavor other than Kimchi, I guess that is expected, as there were only 3 ingredient: kimchi, green onion and a bit of beef. If you love kimchi, you will love this soup. But for me, it was a bit kimchi overload.
I think Bool Chu Pan is good value for the amount of food you get. I don't know about the other 3 guys, but I was full and satisfied. The highlight would definitely be the hot grill, the rest of the combo was average. Service was good, they were friendly and accommodating. Overall, I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who is tired of original Korean BBQ or wanting someone else to do the work. :)