First look: Bop & Gogi, Denver's first fast-casual Korean joint, opens in the south suburbs

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Bop & Gogi

10639 E. Briarwood Ave., Centennial, CO

Category: Restaurant

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jenna-furrr
jenna-furrr topcommenter

Why so much non-love for crab and cream cheese wontons? Okay, not authentic, but delicious. Very, very delicious.

jan80123
jan80123

I was ready to rush over for lunch this weekend, until I noticed that the bibimbop is made with ground beef.  Really???  The restaurant makes bulgogi, which is the usual topping for bibimbop.  Not worth driving across town and paying more than the neighborhood Japanese/Korean restaurant charges for a properly made bowl of bibimbop.

Frank Tsu
Frank Tsu

they need to move that west! South Broadway!

petenammy
petenammy

Great write-up, Lori.  So glad you reviewed B&G.  It's a gem and more folks need to know it's there.

DenverDoughboy
DenverDoughboy

Sounds interesting and may be worth the trip down south to visit, but at the risk of adding a sour note, I have to question the wisdom of a fast-casual Korean joint with a menu designed and cooked by a Laotian behind the stove.  And it sounds like he hasn't even had any experience in a Korean kitchen.  Asians are pretty ethnocentric and close-minded about their cuisines (I speak from experience) and I doubt any Korean is going to embrace this place with open arms. Just sayin'.   

Also, the pricing seems a bit out of whack for fast-casual.  Why would you drop 10 dollars on a bibimbap from Bop and Gogi, when you can go to Silla in Aurora at lunchtime and get a bento box stuffed full of meat (gogi), rice, chapchae noodles, a bowl of soup and several types of kimchi all for under $10.   And don't get me started on the crab and cream cheese wontons on the Bop and Gogi menu....

But hey, what do I know? It's not like Tokyo Joe's or PF Changs have any Japanese or Chinese in their kitchens and their business is fine. No one ever lost money on the bad taste of American diners.   

davebarnes
davebarnes topcommenter

They do not appear to have a website.

What?!

talk2jaymie
talk2jaymie

@jan80123 @jan80123 You can choose type of meat for your bibimbop. Your choices are bulgogi beef, bulgogi Chicken, spicy pork or spicy chicken. Most of our customer likes it with bulgogi beef. Hope you will come and try out.

petenammy
petenammy

@Frank Tsu Agreed! Did you know there are ZERO good Korean restaurants on our side of town?? Talk about a potential goldmine!

christine.frank100
christine.frank100

@DenverDoughboy The Laotian you refer to is actually one of the cooks at Bop & Gogi. Jaymie and Jaedo Ryu, originally from Seoul, South Korea, are the restaurant's owners and chefs. My family eats at Bop & Gogi regularly and the food is authentic Korean! They serve very delicious and healthy dishes at reasonable prices. Our kids love the short ribs and some of our other favorites are the Bulgogi (beef dish) and the spicy pork dish. The service is excellent and the restaurant is very family friendly.

Mantonat
Mantonat topcommenter

@DenverDoughboy I dunno; all the American diners I've ever eaten have tasted pretty good.

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