Haru Korean Kitchen

Even though Haru Korean Kitchen has been open since the winter, we’ve recently made a couple of visits to try out their stylish and tasty Korean food.

If you follow us, you know we try a lot of Korean restaurants around town, and Haru Korean Kitchen now ranks right up there with our favourites.  The simple and modern, interior decor keeps the attention on the food; large portions, with quick and friendly service.  In addition to being fresh and flavourful, everything we’ve had is visually delicious too, vibrant crisp, colours, add to the appeal.

Traditional Korean dishes line-up alongside special-menu items that introduce West Coast ingredients to the dishes.

Smokes Salmon Bibimbap
Smoked Salmon Bibimbap

The current special menu includes Smoked Salmon Bibimbap, smooth smoked salmon replacing the usual meat. Piled high with fresh julienned vegetables, stacked on multigrain rice, the dish looked more like a salad than a rice bowl.  A fresh and light dish, great for a summer day.

Bi-Bim-Gook-Su with Soo Yuk
Bi-Bim-Gook-Su with Soo Yuk

Other items we’ve tried have been equally fresh, and simple.  Another special menu item, Bi-Bim-Gook-Su, is similar to traditional Bibimbap but on buckwheat noodles.
Soo-Yuk is also a special-menu snack item, seasoned steamed sliced pork served with crisp, tangy, pickled radish

 

Ginseng Chicken Stew
Ginseng Chicken Stew

Ginseng Chicken Stew with Sticky Rice (Samgyetang) is an individual size bowl of the classic Korean comfort dish, flavourful shredded chicken with sticky rice, ginseng and other herbs.

 

 

Namul
Namul

Namul, from the snacks menu, is a rainbow of five seasoned vegetables thinly sliced, is another bright summer inspired dish.

 

 

 

Mandu
Mandu

The house-made, pan-fried pork Mandu, also from the snacks menu, are plump, nicely filled, chewy and crispy dumplings. These just maybe pulled up to second place as favourite mandu in Vancouver.

We look forward to trying more of the menu, as we look at other tables, we’re already to make our next orders.

Haru Korean Kitchen is located at 324 Cambie Street, in Gastown, open 7 days per week for Lunch and Dinner.  Find them online at harukoreankitchen.com or Facebook and Instagram