Toe Dam Korean Fusion BBQ
#250-329 North Rd, Coquitlam (map)
If you want Korean food, Coquitlam is THE place to be. With so many choices, sometime it's hard to make a decision on where to dine. Anyways, after a few games of pool, a bunch us of didn't really know where to go, but I did know I wanted Kam Ja Tang (aka Korean Pork Bone Soup).
Since we had no idea where to go, we just headed to the open square mall by H-Mart. It turned out the first restaurant we walked in had the Kam Ja Tang, and that's how we ended up at Toe Dam restaurant. The restaurant had no open area, it's all individual booth/room. I actually like this layout, because it gives diner more privacy. Despite the individual booth, we had no problem getting a hold of the waitress, because like all Korean restaurant, this one also had the bell system.
The side dishes were pretty standard, but they didn't carry my favorite potatoes which was disappointing. Refill of side dishes are still free here.We ordered 2 set of the pork belly (minimum requirement) for $14.95/set, and it came with all the fixings (lettuce, garlic, jalapeno and sauce). The pork belly was of a nice cut and quite thick. It was fresh and and perfect bite size. Of course we had some 'professional' BBQ chef, so these turn out nice and juicy. On a side note, you can always ask for more lettuce, but if they are busy, it may take awhile.
The pork belly came with a side of miso soup, so the menu claim, but this was more of a kimchi tofu soup. The soup was actually quite sour due to the kimchi. Let's just say I was not a fan.
We ordered a side of BBQ eel ($14.95), These were so delicious. The sauce tasted like a combination of BBQ and teriyaki sauce with a touch of sauteed onion. It was prefect over the nicely grilled yet still super tender BBQ eel. I highly recommend this dish.
Lastly, we ordered a medium Kam Ja Tang for $28.95 (large is $39.95). The soup was rather disappointing, because it lacked flavorful. Typical Kam Ja Tang is usually cooked with Perilla seed to intensify the flavorful, but here it is mostly a kimchi based soup. Although the meat was fall of the bone soft and good, but the potato was undercooked. I think they should have stewed it more before bring it out to us.
Overall, the meal was good. The service was average and the the price was acceptable. Since they claim to be more of a BBQ restaurant (it's in their name), then I think I would recommend, because their BBQ was indeed very good (including the eel). So if you are ever looking for some good Korean BBQ, give this place a try.