Ending the reading week and entering the familiar city again, I had the honour of exploring a new establishment in Koreatown – an area in Toronto that I have not really explored so much, but have always been enticed by the Korean authenticity of the businesses. One in particular that we just happened to drive by – Bryan’s B.B.Q – caught my attention on the road because of their metal ventilation – which reminded me a great deal of the Korean BBQ that I love to go to when I’m in Hawaii. For this reason, my family and I decided to check it out
You can see in the pictures above that the restaurant was quite busy – there were many patrons that had their tables colored with the assortment of barbecue meats ready to be put onto the grill for dinner that evening. With great eagerness, my family looked through the menu once we were seated.
Bryan’s BBQ was an All You Can Eat Assortment – where each round you choose 3 different types of meats you want to grill, alongside a bowl of famous tofu soup and extra of your choice. That night we ended up ordering Kalbi (Beef), Dung Sim and Jae Yook for our first round, with Kimchi Tofu Stew and an extra side of Jap Chae. You can see those pictured below:
In terms of the taste of the meats – the Kalbi Short Rib was decent; for the taste was savory and had a authentic feel. However, I did not enjoy how the meats were served in rather large quantities – one portion was literally stacked on a small plate, which I believed ruined the appeal for the customer eye. In addition, the large quantities prevented us from thoroughly enjoying the All You Can Eat experience, which is what we had paid for. One round already took the majority of our appetite, and they would even charge extra if we had any leftover. I feel that Bryan’s BBQ should have reduced some of their quantities so customers could take in more of the experience. Moreover, they only served one type of meat at a time (so we would be served the kalbi first, and then the dung sim, and so on). This, in addition to the large quantity, filled our stomachs so fast that by the time we’ve gotten to the third dish in our first round we were already too full to fully enjoy it.
Another thing that was discomforting was the timing of when our soup and extra came in, which is also emphasizing the fact that the large quantity of meat ruined most of our appetite.While we were slowly working through the meat that was given to us, the Kimchi Tofu Stew was served, and to our disappointment it was one bowl that was to be shared among the entire table. It would have been better if the soup were for each individual. I felt that if servers gave us the soup first along with the Jap Chae, perhaps the dining experience may have been different. It really shows how something as seemingly minuscule as the order of dishes served and when they’re served can influence the dining experience.
Overall, the largest complaint I had for Bryan’s BBQ was the quantity of the meat which really killed the All You Can Eat Experience. It not only restricted us from trying the other varieties of meat, but it also left little room to enjoy the Jap Chae and the soup that was served to us. The servers were decent however, and replaced any sides that we pleased (for example, getting more kimchi, bean sprouts, pajeon or sauces that we may desire).
Here’s Bryan’s BBQ’s information for your reference, and if you’re interested in trying it out for yourself: