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GAON Authentic Korean BBQ Restaurant

Map & Directions 2063 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91107
  • Korean
  • Daily 11:30am-10pm
  • All Major Credit Cards
  • Family Style, Prix Fixe
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • Beer/Wine
  • Reservations Accepted
  • Parking Lot Available, Street Parking


LA Weekly's Description

The chef, Simon King, comes from the Woo Lae Oak empire, whose brand of upscale Korean cooking dots better neighborhoods around the world. While the banchan - pickled small first courses - are a little wan, as if the establishment doesn't quite trust that its customers will understand kimchi, King's cooking is actually spry, subtle and fairly traditional. Yuk hwe, a salad of raw beef, sesame oil and slivered Asian pear, may look like Italian-restaurant carpaccio but tastes of nothing but Korea; and the menu is dominated by things like monkfish soup, stuffed squid and cod stew instead of the usual barbecue. The stew - jjigae - of kimchi and pork is deeply flavored; and the dolsot bibimbap, rice with vegetables or meat tossed in a searingly hot stone bowl, develops the requisite crunchy crust.

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  • Eugene K. on 06/05/12

    The quality of meat and food here is very good, better than most K-town places.

  • Sauce L. on 03/10/12

    Great KBBQ option outside of KTown. Beef belly over brisket, good panchan, gas grills. Come hungry. Ask for wraps and bean paste. Great deal for $25.

  • Bryan Y. on 02/04/12

    Bring a Korean, get better service.

  • Danny I. on 03/04/12

    The all you can eat is great, they don't have assigned servers per table so don't be afraid to grab someone, great food good service nice atmosphere!

  • Binky B. on 12/21/13


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