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Chako is one of several KBBQ establishments available uptown. There are built-in individual grills set in the middle of the tables, and customers would order the pre-marinated meats and other items, and would do their own grilling. 

The dinner price was $17.99 per person (my friends and I went on a Thursday night). For the weekends and holidays, you'd need to add $2.00 more to the price. 

Compared to other restaurants offering the same kind of food and service; Chako has a more upscale ambiance. The interior was large and the decor is very contemporary. Be forewarned that the washrooms are unisex. 

The menu offers a good selection of starters, rolls, cold dishes, meat, seafood, greens and ice cream for dessert. If you want to take a look at the full dinner menu, I have uploaded it here :)

Let's start the review off with the meat dishes. Each individual serving of meat contains between 4-6 pieces.  

The beef short ribs were by far my favorite. They were nicely marinated, and there wasn't much fat on them.

The beef was thinly sliced which made it easy for grilling.

The chicken was juicy and had a nice flavor when all cooked.

The calamari was average at best, and I found the texture to be way too chewy.

The tiger shrimps were good, but it was pretty hard to eat due to the shells.

The mussels had a really good flavor to them.

The dinner menu also offers some rolls. The only one that I tried was the spicy salmon roll. Nothing much can be said about the roll as it was pretty standard.

For those who like vegetables, the greens available are pineapples, red peppers, green peppers and zucchini. They were nothing special but it does help considering the amounts of fat intake.

Dessert was limited to a choice of either green tea or mango ice-cream. The ice cream tasted exactly like store-bought ones but that didn't matter to me at all. I was pretty full at the end of the meal, and finished it off with one scoop of green tea ice-cream.

The service was friendly, and our server was quick to get us our requested items (more meat, water, pop, etc ...)

I highly recommend Chako if you're into AYCE KBBQ. Chako is pretty out of the way for me, but it's nice to go to once in a while. 


Quality of Food: 4/5
Service: 3.7/5
Overall Dining Experience: 3.7/5
Price: $$

Address: 2190 McNicoll Ave, Unit 112-113, Scarborough, ON, M1V 0D3

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by on Thursday, November 08, 2012
Chako is one of several KBBQ establishments available uptown. There are built-in individual grills set in the middle of the tables, and cus...

Credit: The photo to the left (of the interior of Korean Grill House) is from the restaurant's official website.

I absolutely love KBBQ, and Korean Grill House is the place that I’d go to whenever I am craving for some. The restaurant is super affordable, and it is a great place to go for a casual (late) dinner with friends.

On this one occasion, my friends and I went to watch The Dark Knight Rises (an awesome movie btw) on a Saturday night, and was starving when the movie ended a little after 10:00 pm. We decided to eat at Korean Grill House as they have a “night owl special” for a mere $9.99 per person after 10 pm (to close). The night owl special offers the same items as the lunch hours which are unlimited pork, beef, chicken, squid, and fish fillets. Another note is that unlimited pop is $2.50.

The concept is pretty basic as diners are giving tiny sheets of papers where they would mark down the numbers of meat dishes and bachan (bean sprouts, spicy bean sprouts, kimchi, tofu, and radishes) that they want, and the servers would bring them out, and you'd cook your food. Yes, you've read right. You're paying money to cook your own meat :)

Pork - hefty slices and very sweet marinade.
Beef - thinly sliced pieces of beef, tender, and cooks quickly; was not bad at all.

Chicken - my absolute favorite; it was well marinated as it had great flavor and cooks quickly.
Squid - I didn’t like it that much as I found it too chewy and bland.
Fish fillets - the fish tasted decent but watch the grill as it burns too easily.


Quality of Food: 3.7/5
Service: 3/5
Dining Experience: 3.5/5
Price: $ (night owl special)

Address: 214 Queen St W, Toronto, ON, M5V 1Z2

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I have also been to the location located on Highway #7 in Markham, ON. It's situated in a pretty popular plaza with tons of food choices. I'd say that this particular location was a lot more spacious compared to the downtown one. I have been here about 4-5 times, and food quality and service has been pretty consistent. The last time that I did eat here, there was a mandatory 12% service charge, which was fine.

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Korean Grill House

by on Monday, August 13, 2012
Credit: The photo to the left (of the interior of Korean Grill House) is from the restaurant's official website . I absolutely...
I had lunch with my friend, Dean, and he selected Chingu. Some people might not like the idea of cooking their own food, but I absolutely love Korean BBQ … so I had no hesitation in trying this place out. 

The restaurant itself was spacious with a lot of seating space, and there are two different levels of floors. Chingu was more than half full when we arrived, and there were only two waitresses on the floor, so it was severely understaffed. 

We were seated on the lower levels and it took a few minutes for us to get our water, and utensils. Eventually, the server came back with our complimentary banchan (Korean appetizers) to our table. The appetizers were kimchi, glass noodles, bean sprouts, tofu, radishes, mashed potatoes, seaweed, and some other stuff that I cannot remember. 

The both of us opted for the regular menu which was $16.99 (Mon-Thurs) and $18.99 (Fri-Sun), and consists of the following items:

Main: galbi (beef short ribs), bulgogi (marinated beef), chicken, and pork belly
Soup: pork bone soup, miso, kimchi stew
Vegetables: lettuce wrap, zucchini, onion, and green peppers
Seafood: squid, fish fillet
Dessert: ice cream

I really like chicken. So I was very disappointed to find the chicken at Chingu to taste really rubbery and bland. Clearly; I didn't order any further dishes of the chicken as I could barely finish the first batch.

I really enjoyed their galbi (marinated beef short ribs), and thought that it was delicious. The galbi was tender and well  marinated in a really sweet sauce.

The pork belly is pre-simmered in sauce, so it was really soft in texture when grilled.

As for the seafood, the regular menu was limited to only fish fillet and squid. The fish fillet was rather decent, and fresh. It also did not break into tiny pieces when cooked. I thought that the squid was way too chewy but it was pretty decent. 

They also provided uncooked vegetables for those who like to grilled veggies. Unfortunately, I am not too fond of peppers and mushrooms so I didn’t bother eating them.

On a positive note, Chingu provided a wider selection of food that are normally not offered at other KBBQ places, such as miso soup and pork bone soup.

How about the service? Considering the fact that there were only two waitresses on hand for the entire lunch period; the service was relatively slow. The dishes took longer to arrive to our table from the kitchen.

Our waitress was friendly enough, as she did attempt to make some conversation when placing down the orders on the table. However, it was hard to get her attention as she was rarely within the vicinity of our table.

My overall visit was decent; the food was good enough for an AYCE. However, there was a 15% surcharge that was automatically added onto the bill. I understand the need for automated gratuities for larger groups of people (5+ plus more), but Chingu adds it regardless (even if you are dining alone as it’s added per bill). However, the 15% is clearly stated on the menu so it shouldn't be much of a surprise when you get the bill.


Quality of Food: 3.5/5
Service: 3/5
Dining Experience: 3/5
Price: $$

Address: 280 W Beaver Creek Rd, Richmond Hill, ON L4B 3Z1

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Chingu Korean BBQ

by on Saturday, June 23, 2012
I had lunch with my friend, Dean, and he selected Chingu. Some people might not like the idea of cooking their own food, but I absolutely l...