When describing a Korean BBQ restaurant in the Denver Metro Area in the past, the first words that came to mind weren’t usually trendy or bright, but the contemporary designed Seoul BBQ in Aurora is looking to change that.
Having visited many Korean BBQ restaurants in Denver, New York, Los Angeles and Seoul, South Korea, I am very familiar with the dark and sometimes foul-odored ambiance that is often common in a Korean BBQ restaurant. In fact, they are usually the telltale signs that you are in a true Korean BBQ Restaurant. However, Seoul BBQ, located at 2080 South Havana in Aurora, reminded me a lot more of the restaurants I visited in Seoul’s Incheon Airport, which is hands-down the cleanest and nicest airport I have ever been to.
The first thing you’ll notice when you walk through the door at Seoul BBQ is lack of the sometimes overwhelming smell of kimchi and garlic. The restaurant is very clean and well-decorated. Also, I was quick to pick up that the music was a bit louder than any other Korean restaurant I have been to, and that it was all American Pop. Maybe a sign that they are looking to attract a new demographic…
Despite the fancier spin on the look and feel of Seoul BBQ, the food was as traditional and delicious as ever. Customary with almost every authentic Korean restaurant, your meal begins with Banchan, which are usually 8 to 10 small appetizer dishes consisting of cabbage kimchi, radish kimchi, bok choy kimchi, bean sprouts, fried green beans, tofu, potatoes and fried egg. You can then order one of the many entree items on the menu, or partake in the wonderful task of cooking the BBQ yourself at your built in table grill.
The non-BBQ menu has a lot of grilled fish that looked excellent, the always-popular Dolsut Bibimbab, BBQ items that don’t require you to cook them yourself, and a wonderful selection of soups and stews, including my favorite, Doenjang Jiggae, which is a bean paste stew with tofu and beef, to name a few.
The BBQ menu has a fantastic array of ribs and meats to choose from. In fact, it may be best to visit Seoul BBQ with a large party so you can sample them all. I ordered my favorite BBQ items of Bulgogi, which is thin-sliced beef with a special marinade, and Daeji Bulgogi, which is thin-sliced pork marinated in a spicy Korean chili sauce. All BBQ comes with rice, a tangy bean paste and lettuce leafs to wrap everything up in and and devour. Delicious!
The entire staff was phenominal and the food was even better. If you have ever contemplated trying Korean BBQ, or love it already and haven’t been to this restaurant, Seoul BBQ is a must try and will not disappoint. Gun Bae!