Kosoo Resaurant is a fusion restaurant using typical Korean and Japanese ingredients with French cooking techniques. A very interesting flavour combination but can work well together. The restaurant is located by Cardero and Robson Street in the West End of Downtown Vancouver. They are open for lunch and dinner.
There are a good amount of tables inside for small to large groups. If you’re in a large group, its best to make a reservation in advance for big groups.
Kosoo Set Menu
The best deal on their menu is their lunch course set for minimum 2 people. It’s a lot of food, but for $15 per person, it’s very good. It comes with:
- Mushroom salad
- Bibimbob balls
- Kosoo Taco
- Sweet and spicy assorted sashimi salad
- 24 hour pork belly, miso marinated pork belly with salad and pickle
- Beef Soy Bean Paste Soup
- Matcha Creme Brûlée
This beautiful dish has tomatoes, mozzarella, basil and a bed of pesto sauce. Very good way to start off the meal, but isn’t what you would normally think would be on the menu.
The sampler comes with beef, tuna and salmon tartare. A good way to taste all three tartares on the menu. I really enjoyed it.
Toro is the deliciously fatty portion of the tuna belly. It’s rich fat content gives it a melt in your mouth texture. The toro is wrapped up in a rose. Just unravel it and eat it with some wasabi and soy sauce.
This dish has sauteed spinach sitting a top of a sesame seed dressing. It’s a little bit Japanese and a little bit Korean.
Spicy Tuna Roll
On the base is a California roll topped with seared tuna and jalapeños drizzled with spicy mayo and their secret sauce.
This also has a base of California roll but has variations of eel (unagi) and avocado.
For both the rolls, I thought it was ok. Nothing special, but if you’re here and craving sushi, you have options here.
Cheese Chicken Galbi
This is one of their signature dishes and it’s quite popular. It has chicken galbi in the centre with veggies. On the side, there is corn with yam puree and mozzarella cheese.
Tomato Mussel Stew
It has fresh mussels in a broth of Korean spices, prawns and other aromatics. I didn’t really like the taste of the dish as it was salty, fishy and sour all at the same time.
This dish has extra virgin olive oil, garlic mussels and prawns. Mussels were on the small side.
Spicy Popeye Gyoza
The crispy gyozas have a spinach cream cheese and prawn inside the crispy wrap.
There is beer, wine, cake, soju, and other spirits on the menu. They have recently added Sangria to their menu. They have a Red Wine Bloody Berry and White Wine Fresh Citrus sangrias.
Good for a hot Summer’s day. Fruity, refreshing and sweet.
Overall, a unique concept that fuses a variety of cuisines but is predominantly Korean. Their best dishes are those signature dishes like the cheese chicken galbi.
832 Cardero Street, Vancouver, BC