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Gabose Korean & Japanese - 2 Reviews - 4991 N University Dr, Fort Lauderdale, FL - Korean & Vietnamese Restaurants Reviews - Phone (954) 572-4800

Gabose Korean & Japanese

4991 N University Dr
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33351
(954) 572-4800
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Truly as good as it gets for Korean in S. Florida and perhaps for the US. This is authentic Korean cuisine and everything is prepared on site. They make their own kim chi, dumpl...


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Editorial review from Urbanspoon 8/10/2012

I've never had Korean food before and didn't know what to expect when I went to Gabose. We had the Korean pancake which was made with leeks and zucchini and was delish. Really large portion, filled a dinner plate and served with a nice soy based sauce. I had no idea the entrees were served with so many sides. They brought out a dozen or so side dishes with our entrees, a Korean version of tapas. All had bright, interesting flavors. While the entree prices might seem high (my chicken was arund $25) given all the sides it's not that bad. We could have easily split one entree. My husband had the short ribs and enjoyed them very much. We opted to have our food cooked in the kitchen versus cooking it ourselves at one of the charcoal tables but will try that next time. The only drawback here is if you are a wine drinker your options are pretty limited. Service was good but our main server didn't speak the best English so communication was a bit of a challenge. more

Editorial review from Urbanspoon 7/21/2012

Average Korean BBQ restaurant, it might be a little pricier than the competitors in the area. If they offer better selection of Banchan, larger portion size and improve customer service this place will be my regular place. more

Editorial review from Urbanspoon 5/15/2012

Cute little place in Lauderhill. It's def one of those "off-the-beaten-path" restaurants. I had the Dolsot Bibimbop which comes in a hot, stone pot with beef, veggies, rice and a fried egg all mixed together with a hot sauce. Delicious. And the rice gets crispy! I highly recommend it. The service would be excellent but there's a language barrier. Only 2 servers were fluent enough in English to understand me. Whatever. Delicious food! more

Editorial review from Urbanspoon 1/30/2012

We have been on the hunt for a place to get decent bulgogi in South Florida forever, and found this place online and figured it was worth a shot. We ordered the bulgogi that I had been craving and another dish that was a spicy chicken in a red sauce. When they brought the food out, they asked if we had eaten Korean food before, which we said only the one dish (bulgogi) and kimchee. They explained what each dish was and how to eat it, and what combinations we might like. They also offered us wooden chopsticks if we needed them since the stainless ones were slippery, but once we got the hang of them they were awesome. They checked on us often, asking how things were or if we needed more of anything. The service was great, the food was amazing (we ate EVERYTHING), and the price was very reasonable. We can't wait to tell friends about this place and then bring them to try something different! more

Editorial review from Urbanspoon 1/29/2012

Love this place. My wife and I are pilots and when ever we return from our rotation we treat ourselves to dinner there. Never had a bad meal and we like to try different things. The owners Rock and were very helpful since we had no idea what to order. Think we will go again tonight! more

One of the Best Asian Restaurants in S. Florida 11/27/2011

Truly as good as it gets for Korean in S. Florida and perhaps for the US. This is authentic Korean cuisine and everything is prepared on site. They make their own kim chi, dumpling wrappers, etc. If you can get a Charcoal Grill table, you get to cook on wood charcoal that adds wonderful flavor to the meat and shrimp. I've never seen this in the US before. It is AMAZING! I ate there Saturday night for the first time in a year and if anything, it is even better than before. Here are some more detailed comments:\r \r Korean Pancake - I tried the kim chi pancake this time - sort of a crispy crepe with kim chi mixed in and a slightly spice sauce for dipping. Delicious. \r \r Steamed Pork Dumplings - I expect this to be the more average option compared to the fried dumplings, but they were tender and full of flavor. The relatively thin wrapper is delicate and perfectly in balance with the filling. And I believe you get 10 dumplings per order!\r \r Fried Dumplings - the crispy, pan fried version of the above. Also delicious.\r \r Bulgogi - if you eat at the charcoal table they cook this for you in the kitchen and bring it out prepared. Delicious. Of course, I've never had bad bulgogi, so I'm biased. Great flavor.\r \r Marinated Boneless Short Ribs BBQ - this meat is my favorite for cooking over the coals. Tremendous flavor, tender, perfect.\r \r Marinated Chicken, Pork, Shrimp BBQ - all great, all delicious. \r \r Side dishes - along with the BBQ meat entree you get about a dozen small plates of side items - lettuce to make lettuce wraps, rice, kim chi, seaweed, tofu, garlic (in a little metal container so you can cook it over the fire), jalapenos, etc. All part of the traditional style of a Korean meal.\r \r I didn't order any of the 'more challenging' dishes, but they have a number of items that will be a little bizarre for westerners, but authentic and welcomed by many Koreans.\r \r Fred and his wife Susan, the owners, are incredibly helpful. They will offer suggestions, answer all questions and generally make you feel like a member of the family.\r \r This restaurant is not to be missed by adventurous diners. I'd give it 6 stars if I could! more

Editorial review from Urbanspoon 11/26/2011

Rude rude RUDE service!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The little girl who supposedly "doesn't work there" according to the waiter, very rude, trying to tell me that I ordered something wrong. I am Korean! How am I gonna order something WRONG? She said don't order like that "next time". There won't be next time. more

Editorial review from Urbanspoon 8/16/2011

My family and I had the chicken and beef cooked over oak charcoal which tasted amazing and was a great eating experience. The meat was of high quality and the marinade for the meat was fantastic. They bring the meat with an array of authentic Korean condiments. You get to cook the meat yourself, and dress it up how you please. For dessert we got the tempura ice-cream which is undoubtedly the most delicious desert item I have ever eaten. If your looking for great fresh food and an authentic exotic eating experience this is the place to go. more

Editorial review from Urbanspoon 4/17/2011

Expensive with small portions. There are better deals with same taste in the area more

Editorial review from Urbanspoon 4/12/2011

Survey says....this was an authentic experience with the food to match. Definitely coming back to try the rest of the menu. more

Editorial review from Urbanspoon 2/11/2011

Nearly 100 years ago the present day Korean peninsula was occupied by the Japanese. During the occupation Japanese culture and influence spread rampantly hence the reason why gabose restaurant serves not only exquisite Korean BBQ, but also japanese entrees such as sushi, tempura, and sashimi. The Korean BBQ is very authentic at this restaurant, just as it is in seoul. The beef, seafood, and other meats are complimented excellently with the flavors of garlic, hot pepper, soy sauce, and Korean jalapeño. This place is a keeper. more

Editorial review from Urbanspoon 7/24/2010

Excellent restaurant, very good food more

Editorial review from Urbanspoon 6/5/2010

We went to Gabose this week, after having a fun and delicious Korean BBQ experience in Korea Town, NYC. Though the location is farther west than we normally travel, the food was well worth the trip. \r \r We went with the charcoal grill (built directly into the table) as the host recommended it over the gas grill. The charcoal is a little more expensive for the same items, but we definitely agree with his recommendation! We ordered Kirin (they didn't offer Hite), sake, and japchae (white sweet potato noodles with beef & veggies) for starters. \r \r For dinner, our choice would be the galbi (made from marinated beef short ribs). We were required to order 2 entrees in the charcoal room, so we had the shrimp as well. Korean BBQ is served with banchan, or "tiny dishes of wonderfulness" that are consistently changing, but typically contain staples such as kimchi, pickled veggies, and lettuce, and white rice. At Gabose, we also had mung bean jelly, slaw, and some sort of yummy potatoes. \r \r This is a great place to entertain friends - given they enjoy interactive dinners (aka cooking your own food) with lots of taste experimentation! Also, the staff was delightful - each of the servers that stopped by were super nice, explaining the side items and making great suggestions for our first time visit! more

Editorial review from Urbanspoon 3/14/2010

Gabose is an excellent restaurant. It is very clean and the wait staff is friendly. It looks and smells like an authenic Asian restaurant, no Americanized food here-which is good. Pricey though...but delicious :) more

Editorial review from Urbanspoon 1/1/2010

We love Gabose, it is our son's favorite Restaurant.\r Every time we go and eat there for a special occasion \r we sit at the BBQ ready tables. We order the Galbi, and Dak Gui, which consist , ready to BBQ beef, and chicken cut in small pieces, that we BBQ ourselves. They serve us a variety of dishes, kimchi, mushrooms, fish cake, rice, and delicious spiced plates. We order hot tea, and our favorite, Banana Tempura, or Green Tea Ice cream, for dessert.\r So if you are in the mood for some good Korean, Japanese food, with a great friendly staff, clean enviroment, and East Asian ambiance, come visit Gabose Restaurant, it is worth the drive.\r We love it.\r The Orozco's. more

Editorial review from Urbanspoon 1/1/2010

Hands down this is my favorite Asian restaurant in South Florida. Just unbelievably great food with so many different things to pick from. The Fried dumpling and Korean Pancakes are a must have.\r \r Just go you will not be disappointed at all. more

Editorial review from Urbanspoon 12/24/2009

Well, my Holiday gift came early and it was opened when I walked in the front door of Gabose. WHOOOHOOO thank you little baby holding chop sticks Jesus for allowing me to eat here:) By far the BEST restaurant experience I have had in a while. I have never had Korean food before and was always curious about trying it. \r \r My server was Fred and he was the best tour guide a fella could have. Not knowing anything about this style of food besides Kimcee, Fred was very patient and explained the different dishes and styles of cooking at your table ( stove top gas or charcoal). Not having time to cook my own food I told Fred what meat I preferred and he happily steered me in the proper direction. \r \r I had the Dak Bulgogi ( sliced chicken breast marinated in a spicy sauce) I have no freaken idea how to pronounce this dish or how to eat it, but what the F*$k as Tom Cruise would say in Risky Business. \r \r Fred brought out 10 dishes total and explained each one to me. My eyes got as big as manhole covers and I thought to myself, let's get it on baby! I tried to be cool and use the metal chop sticks, which I have never seen before,but I couldn't grip them right so I asked for a fork:( So much for being hip. \r \r The chicken came in a round cast iron pan, like a fajita pan and the small side dishes came in round bowls with a metal container of white rice ( see pic). The way Fred described this style of eating was similar to American Southern cooking where you get the main course with sides of mash potatoes, green beans, stuffing etc. I thought that was a cool explanation and I proceed to dive in. \r \r The chicken tasted great. It wasn't all that spicy to me, but I'm used to heat. The little side dishes were the best part. My favorites were the oyster mushrooms (texture was very chewy) , the seaweed noodles (had a wasabi vinegar taste), Napa Valley Cabbage Kimcee, the spicy cucumbers, and the spicy potatoes. Each one of these dishes had different textures and flavors that just blew me away. The best part was as I was finishing these little plates Fred tells me that he will refill them as often as I like at no extra charge. The $15.95 price made sense to me now. I was in heaven. \r \r At the end of the meal Fred brought out a cup of cinnamon tea that he said helps with digestion. It was a chilled tea with two pine nuts floating on top. Nice finish to a fantastic meal. \r \r This place is the real deal especially if you are an adventurous eater who loves great food. I promise you that this restaurant will surprise you as it did me. \r \r As I was walking out I told Fred thank you and added that I we be here once a week after the first of the year. He looked at me and happily laughed. Trust me I will be there once a week:) Remember to tell Fred that Dan sent you and Stay Hungry! more

Editorial review from Urbanspoon 11/19/2009

Gabose is right up there with the best of them in NYC! This place is easy to miss, and doesn't look like much surrounded by parking lots, but step in side and inhale the heavenly smells of Korean BBQ, spicy soups, and fresh sushi. The food is authentically Korean from the kimchee to the homemade noodles. Prices range from 10-25...low end being your soups and stews, and the high end would be the barbequed meat dishes. A huge menu for both meat eaters and vegetarians. I've sent a dozen of friends and family here, and they're now regulars. more

Editorial review from Urbanspoon 9/25/2009

Been going to this place for years.. staff is very friendly, service is good.. and the food is great more

Traditional Food 2/27/2008

Great food traditional BBQ cooked in front of you and includes all the little side dishes. Cute restaurant and good for small parties. Wouldn't recommend a party with small children because of the hot grills. Great for dates and family gatherings.\r \r Wonderful and kind service.\r \r There is a Korean grocery store on the opposite side of the street just a little south of Gabose. Well worth the trip to get your favorite Korean cuisine and shop for all the asain goodies after. Pros: Lots of parking more
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    Mon. - Thu. 11:30am - 10:30pm;Fri. - Sat. 11:30am - 11pm;Sun. 1pm - 10pm
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