Red Chicken Korean Restaurant (Il Mak)

Restaurant: Red Chicken Korean Restaurant (Il Mak)
Cuisine: Korean
Area: Downtown
Address: 833 Bute Street
Parking: Public Pay Parking
Phone: (604) 633-0667
Hours of Operation: Sun-Thurs 11:30am – 12:00am; Fri-Sat 11:30am – 2:00am

1: Poor 2: OK 3: Good 4: Very good 5: Excellent

After picking up my new car from the dealership, my mom and I were supposed to meet my sister in downtown and have dinner together. We were going to go to Tropika on Robson because I was craving for some Char Kuey Teow; then I remembered that my church friend had recently recommended this other Korean restaurant on Robson. He told me that they had really good Dak Gal Bi, so we decided to try this place instead.

I have tried Bul Dak from this place few years back, but I do not think it is the same owner from that time. The name of the restaurant was also different at that time.

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Ban Chan – 2/5

  • Complimentary
  • Kimchi and Bean sprouts were average
  • Potatoes were not properly cooked; they were still hard

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Chicken Salad – 2.5/5

  • $7.00
  • Very basic salad
  • Maybe if the chickens were deep fried, this could have been a more interesting salad in my opinion
  • Overall flavour was not bad but a bit disappointing

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Bossam (medium) – 3/5

  • $14.00
  • Steamed pork served with radish kimchi, salted cabbage, fresh farlic, chilli pepper, shrimp paste sauce and spicy paste sauce
  • Steamed pork was very tender and moist
  • Radish kimchi had good balance of flavour
  • This dish was liked by all of us at the table

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Dak Gal Bi – 3.5/5

  • $27.00
  • Stir-fried boneless chickens marinated in spicy sauce mixed with vegetables served on hot stone
  • I was surprised that they were not raw; traditional Dak Gal Bi should be served as raw (i.e. mixture of marinated raw chickens and vegetables) and cooked on the table
  • Chickens were moist; it was a bit spicy for my mom but okay for us. Overall taste was good
  • Disappointed that this was not the typical Dak Gal Bi we were expecting to have
  • Very expensive for the amount of food we got
  • Must pay extra $3.00 for each rice bowl :( what!?

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Fried Rice – 3.5/5

  • $8.00
  • We ordered two rice bowls to be made into fried rice, using the remaining sauce on the pan, as this would be the traditional way of finishing Dak Gal Bi-
  • This could not go wrong, since the sauce and overall taste of Dak Gal Bi was good
  • It was basically just two bowls of rice added to the remaining sauce, but I could not understand where the extra $2.00 came from

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When we walked out of the restaurant I thought I had a good meal (well probably not as good as I expected it to be- since it was recommended by my friend). After seeing the bill and finding out about the added cost for rice bowls and fried rice…and knowing that my mom ended up paying just a bit less than $80.00, including the tip, it just made no sense to me at all. Their food was not bad, maybe just above average I would say- but definitely not worth the cost, both quantity and quality wise.

Maybe their lunch specials or other combo meal choices could be better options to go with.

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