I wish I lived in a place where Korean restaurants were more ubiquitous but do realize that I am fortunate to have a few options scattered throughout the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.
Currently operating in Eden Prairie, Gogi Bros. originally began as a food truck but relocated to a permanent site in the latter part of 2015. The owners consist of friends who went into business together over their mutual love of food, specifically Korean. Just the name of the establishment alone, which literally translates to Meat Bros. (고기 gogi: meat), is an indication of how much these guys love food, not to mention puns. They take pride in their Korean heritage and it shows through their restaurant.The interior is bright and modern looking. There are three flat screen TVs spread throughout the front half of the space that are great for filling those awkward moments where no one knows what to say during a lunch outing or dinner date.
With a recently acquired liquor license, they now have a chic bar area to enjoy drinks and/or a meal. Drink selections range from various types of wine, beer, 소주 (soju), and sake. What better way to end the day than to enjoy some delicious Korean food accompanied by some soju.
Before I get into what was consumed at my table, I have to say that Korean food is a pleasure to photograph. There are so many colors and different ingredients incorporated into the cuisine that it just looks fantastic on camera, not to mention that it tastes really good!
Usually 반찬 (banchan: side dishes) come out right before the main food. Everything is eaten separately but together, taking little bites as you go.
Top left to right: Broccoli, 깍두기 (kkakdugi: radish kimchi), 김치 (kimchi: spicy fermented cabbage)
Bottom left to right: 오이나물 (oh-ee namul: cucumber), 감자조림 (gamjajorim: potato dishWhile it took me awhile to warm up to kimchi as a kid, it’s now a food that I really love. The texture is crunchy and has a bittersweet flavor that makes it an invigorating experience to consume.
I ordered 돌솥비빔밥 (dolsot bibimbap); a dish that comes in a hot stone bowl that has rice, meat and various vegetables, usually topped with an egg.
돌솥비빔밥 (dolsot bibimbap)
Bibimbap always looks so gorgeous because of the attention to detail applied when arranging it. The ingredients are placed individually on the surface of the rice which creates a aesthetically pleasing image. It’s a bit unfortunate that moments after receiving it, red pepper paste is slathered on top and the entire dish is mixed with a spoon.
However, the result is amazing. Due to each ingredient being briefly cooked individually, the flavors are accentuated and allows one to enjoy each thing uniquely while also tasting everything simultaneously. It’s hard to describe to someone who hasn’t experienced it before. Nonetheless, the result is genius and I recommend everyone tries bibimbap in their lifetime! One of the best parts of dolsot bibimbap is that the stone bowl comes to the table hot so the food continues cooking as you eat. Rice continues to cook on the bottom which causes it to become delightfully crispy.
I enjoyed my lunch accompanied by my mother. She ordered 해물파전 (haemul pajeon) which is a green onion pancake type dish with seafood. It’s not sweet like pancakes in America but salty and savory.
해물파전 (haemul pajeon) seafood pancakeOne of the owners did some something very kind and included two complimentary 만두 (mandu: Korean potstickers) because my mom likes them so much.
The food was very delectable and I left feeling extremely satisfied. A nice aspect of Gogi Bros. compared to other Korean restaurants in the metro area, is that the employees are very charismatic and know how to treat their customers well. While this is somewhat of a cultural difference between the U.S. and Korea, it’s nice to be able to experience Korean food without the coldness often exhibited by many 아줌마 (ajumma: generally an unfamiliar middle aged woman) or 아저씨 (ajuhsshi: same concept but referring to a man).
Mon-Fri 11AM-2PM | 4:30PM – 9PM
6407 City W Pkwy
Eden Prairie, MN 55344