I have had a lot of Korean food this year (well more often than before). I've started craving for it more than I usually crave for sushi.
Last Sunday Rio, Sophie, and I went to Maison Bulgogi. In all honesty, until I try my Korean friends' momma cooking, I'll never really know what good Korean food is. But from my experience, Maison Bulgogi is one of those places that haven't disappointed me so far.
As I am writing this post I just realized I did not think about writing down the names of the dishes we ordered. Maison Bulgogi is one of those places you hear about through your friends or read reviews on the UrbanSpoon and Yelp. They don't have a website and so the menu is nowhere to be found on the web. I haven't blogged in such a long time I am not doing things properly.
First things first, the usual : appetizers. Most restaurants let you have as much as you want and don't charge you for them (they're included when you order a meal).
Then we ordered fried calamari as an entrée (though it came after we received our main dishes). 14$ for the big portion.
The batter was a regular tempura batter. Itself it was kinda bland but at least there was some dipping sauce (no offence but I like the fried calamari from Chez Bong better).
Rio ordered some stir fry homemade noodles with chicken.
It was quite a big portion. I never had noodles in a Korean restaurant (always bbq, bibimbap or soup) so I can't tell whether this is considered as good or not. For my part I liked it. The noodles weren't thick (like udon) nor thin (like vermicelli). Also I found it wasn't spicy at all. Or it might be that my tastebuds have been burnt out by years of abusing spicy food.
Sophie had rice with eel.
The eel was quite good but I found the vegetables too thick to my liking (but that's very personal). I found it was an interesting dish and I'm thinking about ordering it for myself next time and try to fully enjoy it.
For my part I had stir fry vermicelli with seafood.
I'm often scared when I order stir fry that it might be too oily. This was actually the right texture. The spices were the same as in Rio's noodles (they're probably the same for all noodle dishes). The seafood were basically calamari and shrimp (no scallop nor mussel). The portion was quite big so I ate half of it and took a doggy bag for the other half.
Usually when I go to Maison Bulgogi I have quite a pleasurable time. I don't know whether it was because there were more people than when I went the times before but the service that night wasn't so great. They filled our glasses of water only once and the waiter would pass by us so fast and barely look in our direction that calling out to him was sort of awkward.
Still I think the food there is quite afordable (we spent 20$ each, taxes and tip included) and it is a nice place for a date or an evening between close friends since the noise level is normal. It's not one of those fancy places neither so you can dress however you like.
Maison Bulgogi : 2127 Ste-Catherine West, H3H 1M6, near metro station Atwater or Guy-Concordia