Restaurant: Doni Korean Restaurant
Address: #24-10592 King George Blvd.
Parking: Mall Parking
Phone: (604) 581-8808
Hours of Operation: Mon Closed; Tues-Sat 11:30am – 10:00pm; Sun 11:30am – 9:00pm
1: Poor 2: OK 3: Good 4: Very good 5: Excellent
Having great coworkers is such a blessing. I do love what I do at my job, but having these wonderful people working with me just adds a little sparkle to my life. One day, one of my coworkers had asked me about Doni Korean Restaurant and if I had been there by any chance. My answer to that was no and I immediately went on Urbanspoon to search for Doni. Not only their rating was good but the pictures of their dumplings looked really good as well. Hence, our next lunch was arranged.
Doni Korean Restaurant has been in operation for about 3 years now after Dan Sung Sa has moved out. Every morning, fresh meats are delivered to the restaurant and dumplings are made by staff on site. The owner claims that all dumplings are served within the same day that they are made. They also offer frozen dumplings for sale.
Ban Chan – 3.5/5
- Kimchi was good
- Some of the potatoes were not properly cooked, but most were fine
YaChaeBiBim Mandoo – 4/5
- $ 9.95
- Basically just Goon Mandoo with spicy sauce on cabbage mixture
- Mandoos were crispy outside, but not too hard
- Juicy and moist inside!
- I just really liked the overall flavor of this dish
Mandoo – 3.5/5
- $ 7.95
- We ordered one GoGi Mandoo (Meat) and one SukUh Mandoo (half kimchi/half meat)
- Flour based wrapper was not too thick but some of the ends were a bit hard to chew. Maybe they should have been cooked more? I don’t know…but still very good Mandoos!
- Each piece had a good amount of fillings; both types of fillings were very juicy and flavorful
- $ 13.95
- Well seasoned vegetables and noodles
- Noodles were soft, chewy and moist, not over cooked nor dried
- Nothing special about the choice of ingredients, but the overall taste was definitely above the average JapChae you could get from other Korean restaurants
Mandoo KalGukSoo – 3.5/5
- $ 8.95
- Noodles were green! probably from spinach
- Different types of Mandoos in this one; mandoos and noodles were cooked just right
- Flavorful broth, not too salty
- Good amount of toppings – marinated meat, carrots, enoki mushrooms
- I personally really liked this dish and will definitely try their Mandoo JunGol (you can think of it as Mandoo hotpot) next time
All the above items could be ordered from their regular menu at the prices provided above. However, on this day, we decided to go for the Mandoo combo, which includes SukUh Mandoo, YaChae BiBim Mandoo, and Mandoo KalGukSoo for $20.95 only. We thought this was such a good deal for the amount and quality of food we got. JapChae and GoGi Mandoo were ordered separately in addition to the combo.
For all non-Korean speaking readers, their menu is offered in Korean only (other than lunch boxes), so you might want to write down what to order before your visit. If not, I am sure one of the waitresses could help you out as well.
Doni is a small Korean restaurant- nothing fancy, but if you really want to try some good solid Korean food, or if you are a fan of Korean Mandoos, I would highly recommend that you try this place out. I mean if I am happy with the food that I get and that happiness continues even after paying the bill, that means I am coming back.