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Gabose Korean & Japanese Restaurant




Name: Regina Bellora

Occupation: Pilates Instructor

Lives In: Fort Lauderdale

Restaurant Pick: Gabose Korean

Reviewed Gabose Korean: September 11th, 2009

Unfortunately for me, most of the Korean and Vietnamese restaurants are out West. Gabose Korean & Japanese Restaurant is easy to find and has plenty of parking. I made a reservation to insure we would get a BBQ table. We walked right in and were shown our table. Our server came with the menus, and we put in our drink orders. I got a Hite, which is a light, refreshing Korean beer. My friend enjoyed her favorite drink of hot sake. I ordered Steamed Egg (Gaeran Jim), which is not on the menu. The last time I came here I saw this enticing dish on someone else’s table, and I knew I had to try it. A hot stone bowl with an egg soufflé bubbling away inside. Mmm! The texture is light and fluffy with green onions sprinkled on top. This simple dish is a must-try. The charcoal BBQ was the main entrée. We decided on chicken and boneless short ribs. A cauldron of sparking charcoal comes from the kitchen and is placed in the hole in the center of the table. Pickled vegetables, kimchi, and marinated mushrooms are some of the interesting banchan that are set around the grill. Marinated beef and chicken are put on the grill by your server. I grabbed a romaine leaf and started building my lettuce wrap. The cool crispness of the romaine and the warm tender steak are a great combination. Adding the different sides gives each bite its own personality. The pickiest diner at our table still enjoyed herself with the grilled chicken and white rice. The dinner came to a conclusion with the dynamic dessert of Korean shaved ice. This is not like any dessert I’ve had before. Its shaved ice, sweetened adzuki beans, ice cream, fruit, and gummy sweets. Three out of four of us enjoyed it. My friends can’t wait to go back and try new dishes on the exciting menu. Gabose is a family owned restaurant that has been around for a long time. Their fresh, consistent food and friendly service has made me a loyal patron. Sit back with a cold drink to cool the slight sweat from the grill and be ready to be transported to a taste wonderland!

Name: Andrew Myones

Occupation: Sales Executive

Lives In: Miami

Restaurant Pick: Andiamo Pizza

Reviewed Gabose Korean: September 9th,2009

Gabose Korean is easy to find and only a few minutes from the Turnpike. The restaurant is unassuming on the outside with traditional décor on the inside. Its menu is full of authentic Korean delicacies, and there is certainly something for everyone, whether it is beef, pork, seafood or vegetables. Everything we ate was delicious, freshly prepared with fresh ingredients, and you could really taste the difference.

We started with the Heamul Pajun, a seafood pancake stuffed with scallions, shrimp, calamari and octopus. It had a good consistency and was very good. For the main course, we had Dolsot Bibimbab which is rice with ground beef and vegetables served in a heated stone pot. We also had the Deahi Bulgogi, which is BBQ sliced pork in a spicy sauce with a hint of sweetness. It went very well together with the rice. The waitress also brought us 9 small side dishes which was a treat! The side dishes included seaweed salad, potatoes, cucumbers, mushrooms, kimchee and others, and they were all tasty and a true authentic sampler of Korean foods. Although not an inexpensive restaurant, it is certainly worth the money, because you get what you pay for at Gabose. I would definitely return and recommend to others.

Name: Susan Lee-Chun

Occupation: Artist

Lives In: Miami

Restaurant Pick: Parrilla Liberty

Reviewed Gabose Korean: September 12th, 2009

My husband and I decided to drive up to Lauderhill over the weekend since it would be quite a drive for us from Miami’s downtown area. In addition, knowing how filling the meal could be, we decided that it would be wise to go for lunch.

There was plenty of parking since it was a Saturday afternoon. As soon as we walked in, we were greeted and taken to a booth. When reviewing the menu, our first impression was that it was great to see such a variety of Korean cuisine. And besides the fact that it is difficult to find a Korean restaurant in Miami, it’s even harder to find a Korean restaurant in South Florida that has a wide range of Korean food in their menu. The only bad part was that the prices were a bit high for Korean food.

We wanted to do one spicy stew (Yook Gae Jahng) and one order of meat. However, they were unwilling to accommodate a single order of meat on the table-top cooktop, and we knew it would be way too much food to order a double order of meat and a stew. Although it is customary that you order 2-3 entrees when dining for two people, one of those being a soup or stew, we just ordered two portions of the “chuh-duhl-bae-gi” (thinly sliced sirloin beef).

Once we ordered, we assumed that they would bring out a Korean favorite called pah-jun (korean pancake with green onions and vegetables) as it is customary in Korean restaurants to serve it complimentary before the meal. We were a bit saddened that they did not, as it is one of our favorite things to eat since childhood. Before they brought out the propane based cook top they set our table with all the ban-chan (Korean accompaniments with all meals) and rice. We tried each and every ban chan as it is probably the best way to gauge the quality of the food as a whole. We both agreed that is was good, but not excellent; nothing stood out as exceptional, not even the kimchee. Once we started cooking our meat on the cook top, it brought a big smile to our faces. As we continued with our meal, our server came by to check up on us a few times for ban chan refills and to see if everything was enjoyable. We were pleasantly surprised and noted the unexpectedly good service, since it is more than customary and in fact expected, that servers typically just drop off the food and call it quits with your table until the check is requested.

After we finished our meal, they offered us each a complimentary spiced persimmon fruit drink. It was a very nice way to cleanse our palate and finish our meal.

Restaurant Information

Location: 4991 N. University Dr. Lauderhill, FL 33351
Phone: 954-572-4800
Parking: Plaza – 100 lot
Restaurant Owners: Eun Suk and James Hong
Executive Chef: Eun Suk Hong
Pastry Chef: Susan Kim

Type of Cuisine: Korean primarily, basic Japanese as well
Signature Dishes: Korean soups and Korean style BBQ
Vegetarian Options: Everything that is not protein entrée can be modified
Alcohol Served: Beer, wine, sake, plum wines – no liquor
Corkage Fee: $10.00
Bottle Limit: 2

Restaurant Hours:
Monday – 11:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Tuesday – 11:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Wednesday – 11:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Thursday – 11:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Friday – 11:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Saturday – 11:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Sunday – 1:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Meals Served: One menu all day; no lunch
Prix Fix Menu: NA
Take-Out: Yes
Delivery: No
Average Dinner Price Range (per person, full meal, tax, %15 gratuity, w/o alcohol):$30
Average Lunch Price Range (per person, full meal, tax, %15 gratuity, w/o alcohol): $17
Payment Options: do you accept credit cards and if so, which ones? All
Accept Reservations: Yes
How far in advance do you require reservations be made: Several days

Accommodations for Children: Yes, family friendly
Dining Style: Family, communal, casual
Disabled Access: Fully accessible
Restaurant Size: 89 capacity
Accommodate Groups: Yes
Private Dining Room: Semi-enclosed
Tables with Scenic Views: No
Outdoor Dining: No
Entertainment: No