Gaya Korean Restaurant

We were looking for a new place try for dinner and decided to give Gaya Korean Restaurant a go. It’s next door to It’s Tea and across the street from STEM Japanese Eatery, Makoto Japanese Restaurant and Adam’s Crepe.

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There’s 7 tables inside but seems to be quite popular for takeout. Service is friendly but not on the ball. You’ll have to flag someone down for water and banchan refills.

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The menu is split into appetizers, mains, specials, fried chicken (boneless, bone-in and wings) and hot pot. There’s a few lunch specials ($9.95) available everyday from 11:00am to 3:00pm but only as a to go option.

Trip #1
We dropped in on a Saturday evening (around 7:15pm) and it was busy.

Banchan
DSC04738They brought us kimchi, braised potato and bean sprouts. Kimchi was excellent with a subtle kick.

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Bean sprouts were refreshing.

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Potatoes were standard but done well.

Hotpot bibimbap ($13.95)
DSC04743They brought out the gochujang on the side, which interestingly had some sort of soy bean (?) mixed in.

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The rice didn’t get too crispy but the flavours were spot on.

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Really well balanced and one of the tastiest bibimbap’s I’ve had in a long time.

Seafood tofu soup ($14.95)
DSC04744This came with a side bowl of rice.

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Two large prawns, octopus, baby shrimps, tofu, onion and green onion.

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Generous amount of tofu. The broth had good depth and the seafood really came through.

Trip #2
We dropped in on a Friday evening (around 7:45pm).

Banchan
DSC05296This time around they had cubed radish.

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Bean sprouts are still the best of the bunch.

Japchae ($18.95)
DSC05287Came with spinach, beef, onion, wood ear mushroom and egg. Very good portion. Liked how it wasn’t over sauced. The wood ear mushrooms added a nice bite.

Tteok-bokki ($10.95)
DSC05289Stir-fried rice cakes, sliced fish cakes and onion. Fairly standard.

Beef tofu soup ($14.95)
DSC05292Their tofu soups are excellent. Generous portion of beef slices and the tofu is soft, silky and smooth.

Kimchi fried rice ($13.95)
DSC05293Came with spam and a fried egg. Good balance and flavourful.

Half and half (boneless) ($22.95)
DSC05299You get to try their original/plain flavour (deep fried chicken) and sweet & spicy sauce (yangyeom chicken).

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Yangyeom was the better of the two. Don’t usually see boneless options often. The chicken wasn’t as crispy as when you get it bone-in but quite tender.

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We’ll be back with a bigger group to try more dishes from Gaya. Beef tartare bibibimbap next time!

Gaya Korean Restaurant
https://www.gayakoreanrestaurant.ca/
5240 Rumble St
Burnaby, BC
(236) 520-1010