Ddoo Gau Bee (The Toad): Average Food, Mediocre Service

Diana Chan September 26, 2011 Coquitlam, Korean, Three Beakers

Ddoo Gau Bee is a Korean Restaurant on North Road that serves up traditional Korean food. They also make sushi, but I actually have never ordered it here.

A long time ago, I use to come to Ddoo Gau Bee often, but after an incident where they rushed our table out due to another reservation and chased us down because we didn’t tip enough. It left a very sour taste in my friends mouth. M, Scarface, InsecureGirl and I were in the area and decided to give it another go. Years have passed and perhaps something has changed.

This time, we walked in the door at 3pm and the place was empty. The 4 of us stood in the middle of the restaurant, but there was no one in sight. It took the workers in the back to notice we were standing there looking super confused. Instead of a waitress or waiter telling us which seat to sit at, one of the kitchen staff showed us where to sit. I’m sure this doesn’t happen during the busier times in the day, but it’s lunch time at anytime for students.

We started off with complementary side dishes. It has spinach, potatoes, picked radish and kimchi. M really enjoyed the kimchi because it has a homemade taste. Since he is Korean, he seems to have a 6th sense about kimchi. He says you know by the fresh crisp bite of the cabbage.

Kan Poong Ki ($16.95) is fried crispy chicken in hot chili vegetable sauce. It’s pretty good and delicious! It’s a bit sweet and spicy at the same time. It’s a bit pricey, but it’s similarly priced to other restaurants in the area.  

Jajang with rice ($7.95) is is the black bean sauce served over rice with a side of egg. There usually isn’t the egg on the side, but for some reason there was. The best way to eat the dish is by mixing the rice and sauce thoroughly. 

Spicy Pork ($9.95) comes on a sizzling place and it is very spicy. As you can see by the red sauce, it will hurt you later in the evening ….if you know what I mean. This comes with a side of rice. 

Jam Ja Bok ($9.95) has Jajang Mein, jampong and fried rice. The jajang mein and jampong comes is a dish thats split in half. The jajang mein has noodles on the bottom, so you will need to mix it well.

The jampong is always very spicy to me. It is essentially a spicy seafood noodle soup. I found both of their tastes pretty average. You do get your moneys worth since you do get to have 3 different dishes in 1.

The fried rice that comes with the Jam Ja Bok combo is not bad. It has the scrambled egg on top covering the fried rice. I guess you can call this omurice (omelette + rice).

Overall, the food was alright, but I would not say it was exceptional. The service is also mediocre. This place is good for large groups if you want a venue for a large birthday party. In terms of just the food, I much prefer Hee Rae Deung Korean Chinese Restaurant a few blocks away.

Words of Wisdom:

  • Large varied menu
  • Traditional Korean Restaurant  that also serves sushi
  • Takes reservations…but no need on a usual day if its a small group
  • Large space for large groups/parties
  • Mediocre service

We Rate Ddoo Gau Bee: 

203-4501 North Road
Burnaby, BC V3N

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About The Author

Diana started Foodology in 2010 because she just eats out everyday! She started a food blog to share her love of food with the world! She lives in Vancouver, BC and adores the diversity of food around her. She will go crazy for churros and lattes.


  1. misskittkattt September 14, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    Thanks for your reviews!

    To add on, I also had quite the bad experience here ~~ You should try Jong Ga – it’s on North Road, it’s a cute little korean restaurant ~


    • DesignGirl September 14, 2012 at 7:07 pm

      One of my friends told me to avoid that place. I recently went to Woo Reejip, which is a few stores over and it was SUPER good.

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