Restaurant Peek: Mr. Kim’s Korean BBQ
By Sarah Shirazi | Photos by Anastasia Yagolnik
Mr. Kim’s Korean BBQ
12201 E. Mississippi Ave. Aurora, CO 80012
Mon – Sat: 11 am – 10 pm | Sun: 12 pm – 10 pm
CLOSED Mon-Sat from 2:30 pm – 5 pm
When word spread last month that a new Korean BBQ restaurant opened in the shopping center of the Pacific Ocean Marketplace in Aurora, it wasn’t long before we stopped by Mr. Kim’s Korean BBQ to check it out.
Inside the restaurant is spacious, with over three hundred seats. Several televisions are mounted on the orange and white accent walls that line the perimeter of the restaurant. There’s a grill at almost every table and a stainless steel hood overhead to suck the fumes from the top, rather the bottom, which according to the waiter, helps keep the meat more flavorful.
Grilling the meat is half the fun when dining out for Korean BBQ, and Mr. Kim’s offers 20 BBQ options to choose from. The marinated beef bulgogi is at the top of the list to try. The tender rib-eye beef is marinated for a few hours in a delightful mixture of soy sauce, gochugaru (coarse Korean hot pepper flakes), sesame oil, kiwi, pear, and Fuji apples to keep the meat incredibly moist and flavorful after it comes off the grill.
Mr. Kim’s doesn’t only specialize in Korean BBQ, but they also literally offer pages of traditional Korean favorites on their menu, like Bibimbap (served cold) and Dolsot Bibimbap (served warm), each come served in a large bowl filled to the brim with a layer of short grain rice, Korean bean sprouts, squash, carrots, mushrooms, a fried egg, and dried seaweed to top it all off. The waiter provided special instructions, “mix it all together before you dig in,” which I had never done when eating Bibimbap. I appreciated the tip, because I could taste each ingredient with each bite.
For something different try the Chapachae Noodles, a traditional Korean appetizer that has layers of textures from a variety of ingredient including the clear potato noodles with jelly-like consistency, green onions, a variety of mushrooms, eggs, cabbage, and rib eye steak.
Soup lovers must try the Taro-gukbap soup, a hearty beef soup with deep, rich, flavors and spicy broth, flavored from the chili oil and chili powder. The mixture of beef short rib, radishes, green onion and bracken fern (coarse fern plant) is well balanced, with equal pars meat and vegetables, which leave you feeling warm and well nourished afterwards.
Korean food is healthy and you can feel less guilty for feasting — the rich meats are balanced with the variety of vegetables, especially the 10-14 side dishes offered with each meal, including a selection of pickles, squash, radish and turnip kimchi, seaweed salad, rich and cold potato salad, and a list of other delicious sides.
Mr. Kim’s offers something for everyone, and with high quality ingredients and delicious food at affordable prices, it promises to be around for the long haul.