Restaurant Peek: Dae Gee Korean BBQ
Dae Gee Korean BBQ | 7570 Sheridan Blvd. | Arvada, CO 80003
Tel: 720.540.0700 | www.daegee.com | Hours: Sun – Sat 11am to 10pm
By Peter Bui, Asian Avenue magazine | Photos by Benjamin Lim
Even though Korean barbecue has gained popularity amongst foodies, it is still relatively new to most people but that is where Dae Gee comes in to help educate the masses. And they’re doing it with style.
The first thing customers will notice about Dae Gee is how well they are branded and that everything from signs to cups have that unforgettable ‘pig’ logo. This is where owner Joe Kim has put a lot of his focus. He not only wants to serve high-quality traditional food but wants to do so in his own modern and savvy way. With little experience in the restaurant business, Kim has done an excellent job with the help of his family and friends to put out a product unlike most Korean restaurants. Of course the other focus is the food and to help educate patrons unfamiliar with Korean cuisine. His friendly staff is more than willing to answer questions; even the menu provides tips on how to enjoy the food.
Korean barbecue is a unique experience where patrons cook their own choice cuts of meat. Dae Gee provides a great selection of high quality cuts like samgyupsal – thick slices of pork belly. If you love bacon and pork, you’ll really love this cut. They also offer meats marinated in house sauces which is called bulgolgi and can be ordered in chicken, beef, pork or squid. For most, the tastiest cut of meat is the kalbee – house marinated beef short ribs. This cut is hard to not like because of the high marbleization of fat added with the marinate, which makes it extremely palatable. Any meat you choose comes with a plethora of banchan (side dishes), fresh vegetables and dipping sauces. Dae Gee also offers non-barbecue dishes such as dolsot bee bhim bop. A hot stone bowl filled with steamed rice, assorted vegetables, marinated beef, topped with a fried egg and is served with gochujang (chili paste). This tasty and extremely filling meal comes to the table sizzling hot.
What Dae Gee is most known for is its all-you-can-eat barbecue, and for a low price patrons can fill themselves with an endless supply of delicious meat. In fact, Dae Gee is Korean for pig and ‘pig out! is the restaurant’s mantra. Kim is taking a new look on a traditional business by using novel ideas. Dae Gee provides a place where pigging out is not only accepted, it is encouraged.
KALBEE Marinated beef short ribs 21
L.A. KALBEE Marinated beef short ribs L.A. style 19
BEEF BULGOGI Thinly sliced, marinated beef ribeye 16
PORK BULGOGI Thinly sliced, marinated pork 15
CHICKEN BULGOGI Marinated chicken thigh 15
OJING UH BULGOGI Spicy marinated squid 15
BEE BIM BHOP 10
Steamed rice topped with sesame oil assorted vegetables, beef & a fried egg
KIMCHEE CHEEGAE 9
Special broth with kimchee, tofu & slices of pork
MAHN DOO GOOK 10
Chicken dumplings w/ vegetables in beef broth soup
MUL NAENG MYEON 10
Chilled buck wheat noodles in cold beef broth w/
slices beef, egg & vegetables
GO DUENG UH GOOEE 14
OH JING UH BOK KEUM 16
Squid marinated w/ spicy sauce & vermicelli noodles