I occasionaly meet up with two friends who also went to Korea for international exchange around the same time I went and each time we choose to eat at a Korean restaurant so we can reminisce about our past.
Last time we ate at the newly opened K-Town BBQ in Richmond. This time, we gave Potter’s Garden Korean BBQ a try because I heard they have good lunch specials.
They are located next to Denny’s near the Metrotown area.
Their lunch specials range from $6.95 to $13.95 and the menu is quite diverse. You can get anything from cold noodles (naengmyun) to Korean beef (bulgolgi) to rice cake and dumpling soup (tteok manduguk).
The typical banchans including bean sprouts, seaweed, and kimchi. The traditional way of serving kimchi is to provide a pair of scissors for the patrons so they can cut it up before eating. They did this here which added to the authenticity of the restaurant.
I ordered the Tteok Manduguk ($8.95) which is a Korean style rice cake and dumpling soup. I could tell the dumplings were made in house because of the unrefined edges and fresh pork/chive filling. I really appreciate places that make every part of their food from scratch. It really shows their dedication to their craft.
The broth is worth mentioning as it is to die for. I can easily drink this broth every day and be content for the rest of my life. 😀
Blondie ordered the Galbi + Doenjang jiggae ($11.95) which is stew made with Korean soybean paste.
The tofu soup came with a bowl of rice which was great because it probably wouldn’t have been filling without it. He thoroughly enjoyed the galbi.
JJ ordered the Chicken Bulgogi + Naeung Myun ($12.95) which is Korean style chicken with cold noodles.
Naeng Myun brings back so many lovely memories. I loved eating it in Korea because it helped combat the blistering heat. The broth will usually contain a few ice cubes but his didn’t have any. Nonetheless, he loved it a lot but thought it was way too spicy. His mouth was on fire by the end of it.
Potter’s Garden is no doubt one of the more authentic Korean restaurants in Vancouver and I would highly recommend this place for lunch. They serve a lot of unusual and authentic Korean items that you just can’t find anywhere else.
Based on these reasons:
- affordable lunch specials
- food made from scratch and with love <3
- located just minutes away from Metrotown
Service Rating: 3.5/5
Food Rating: 4/5
Overall Rating: 4/5