We visited Nor Boo Korean restaurant on two separate occasions, each a couple of months apart, so I thought it was time to post about our experiences. Located on Robson Street (near Nicola) in downtown Vancouver, Nor Boo is nestled amongst other popular Korean joints.
We feel we’re both quite familiar with Korean cuisine, having lived in Seoul for a year. Nor Boo calls itself an “Authentic Korean Restaurant”. And you know what? I’d say it’s a pretty accurate description. Upon entering Nor Boo, we felt like we were transported back to Seoul. With a busy and bustling atmosphere, the majority of the dimly-lit restaurant’s clientele were younger Korean-speaking individuals, and most of Nor Boo’s employees spoke limited English.
Both evenings’ service was less than satisfactory. We waited extensively to be seated and given menus, and were required to flag down a waitress to place our orders.
Plentiful side dishes were served and complimentary refills were provided upon request. These freebies may appear like a kind gesture, or special service, but if you’ve ever eaten at a Korean restaurant before, then you know these perks are just givens. The dishes we ordered (bulgogi, dolsot bibimbap, sondooboo jjigae, and haemul pa jen) were decent enough, and fairly authentic in execution, but nothing exceptional that would make us return a third time.
If you’re interested in a tasty, well-priced, quick service Korean restaurant in downtown Vancouver, we’d recommend Ma Dang Goul on Denman Street.