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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Seoul Country Korean Restaurant Review

View from the back entrance

We went here for a big family lunch right after the gondola ride. This restaurant is pretty hidden if you're strolling down Banff avenue without knowing exactly where it is. It's tucked behind the same building as my favourite candy store in town, The Fudgery. 

There's a parking lot in the back but during peak times, it's pretty busy. We had to aggressively stalk for empty stalls. My dad finally got tired of it and scooped a spot across the street as soon as we saw someone leaving.

The restaurant decor is pretty standard for a Korean resto. It wasn't too big and was not too busy at 1:00 pm during a long weekend.

Another view from the back entrance
For a party of over 10, which we had, be prepared to pay an automatic gratuity of 20%. I'm a big believer of tipping based on service so this didn't sit too good with me. Luckily, our server was very friendly and attentive so I did not have an issue with it when it was time to pay the bill.

This whole section filled up shortly after we arrived
Each table is set up with a gas burner for  either a hot pot or cook yourself bbq. I was a little concerned with the fact that there were no exhaust vents for each table which was typical of K restos since cook yourself bbq tend to get a bit smoky. We were not planning on ordering bbq this time around so it was a moot point.

We had 16 in our party and we were spread out over 3 tables.

Seafood Hot Pot
We ordered seafood hot pot for each table, which came brimming with crab, scallops, salmon, mussels, tofu, udon noodles, & assorted veggies. It also came with a side of red hot kimchee paste to mix with the broth to taste.

Seafood Hot Pot and side dishes
Each meal is served with an assortment of side dishes. Ours came with bean sprouts, pickled daikon, kim chi, spinach, & of course, rice.

Side dishes
My mom's favourite dish is the seafood pancake. I absolutely loved this dish as well. It's a Korean pancake with squid, scallops, shrimp and green onions. It comes with a bean paste dip that is absolutely fantastic with the little bit of the hot kimchee paste.

Seafood Pancake
To round out our order, we ordered jap chae or glass noodles, and some grilled beef ribs that was served on a hot plate with mushrooms and 2 kinds of onions.

The jap chae was tasty and had a good ratio of noodles to veggies. I found the meat a little tough & chewy, especially the way it was cut which did not look like it was against the grain but the flavour was delicious especially wrapped in lettuce with some bean sauce & kimchi.

Beef Ribs
My parents being creatures of habit love going here every time they visit Banff. I would certainly go back and try their K bbq as well as order the seafood pancake again.

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