Gabose in Lauderhill: Best Korean Restaurant in South Florida

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Korean barbecue at Gabose in Lauderhill.
The beef tongue arrives raw and slivered, its flesh marbled with strips of fat. You cook it on a wire grate over charcoal, which burns crimson in a pit on your table. In seconds, the meat turns from pink and slick to charred and shriveled. "It's too hot," exclaims the waitress at Gabose in Lauderhill.

But this unruly fire enhances the beef's flavor. It's delicious -- rich, toasted, smoky, and fragrant with a salt-and-pepper-infused sesame oil.

Gabose is among the few Korean restaurants in South Florida that allow guests to cook with charcoal indoors. Other spots, such as Sushi Cafe & Shilla Korean Restaurant in Miami, supply customers with electric and gas grills. And that is just nowhere near as fun.

Surrounding the tabletop fire pit, there's a second attraction: more than ten white bowls containing "banchan." These are appetizers, condiments, and side dishes. Each dish holds something different: fiery potatoes, marinated seaweed, fish cakes, stir-fried mushrooms, or a variety of pickles -- cucumber, turnip, and cabbage. Some are sloshed in a nose-tickling chili paste. Others taste like a funky brine, bursting with ginger, spice, and garlic.

You stack hunks of barbecued beef in lettuce leaves and layer them with banchan selections like fermented soybean paste, chili paste, or kimchi -- a spicy, pickled green cabbage that's also Korea's national dish. In this unassuming sandwich, textures and flavors collide. Cold, preserved vegetables meld with warm, succulent meat.

It practically embodies the spirit of Korean cuisine, a cookery obsessed with freshness, temperature, and conservation. Its methods are rooted in necessity. In Seoul, summers are temperate and lush, but winters are frigid and severe. Finishing a dish at the table ensures warmth. Pickling allows fresh vegetables to be available year-round.

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Gabose Restaurant

4491 N. University Drive, Lauderhill, FL

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43 comments
miketorino30
miketorino30

 Is there anybody here know Korean BBQ in Oviedo, Florida? Oviedo pizza restaurant is one of my favorite but I want to try BBQ too. Anyways, try  Oviedo's pizza, I'm pretty sure you'll love 'em!

Maxi Velez
Maxi Velez

By far the best Korean BBQ in South Florida, also there are several Korean supermarkets nearby the restaurant.

Jen DeRemer
Jen DeRemer

I'll need to bring you to help me choose menu items! Isha Kochhar

Todd Erickson
Todd Erickson

We went on Sunday. So good! It may burn a quarter tank of gas to get there, but well worth it!

Ed Ochoa
Ed Ochoa

Do they serve dog and cat dishes?

John Bae
John Bae

nice, get some good gook food in me so my diet isn't offset

Seth Alvo
Seth Alvo

John Bae, I have a playdate lined up for when you visit

Seth Alvo
Seth Alvo

Maybe we could get some good gaejangguk there

Jen DeRemer
Jen DeRemer

Ben DeRemer- uhh we should probably go here since it's spitting distance from us!

Nasja Kos
Nasja Kos

UGHHH, Miami!!! Please allow a Korean invasion on your streets! Now!

Aracelis Gil
Aracelis Gil

Stephanie Marie Vallin I love this place!!!! Adriana Mayorga, we need to make another trip with Alex Gil and Hector before I leave!

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

.............................thank you MICHELLE BERSTEIN for finding a place right under the noses and taste buds of every newspaper restaurant reviewer who NEVER found this place

just goes to show how devoid of real reporting and observation of true findings permiates these SCREW THE TOURIST mentality scams reach....................i'm coming to DOUBT these "reviewers" actually are patrons at some of these places given the antiseptic text and polished prose of the reporting written by someone who has never even eaten the food or really seen the place

one week the reviewER is an expert on craft beer and then on cheese and then on wine YET never never do these places appeal as such to patrons on NATIONAL EXPOSURE REVIEWS nor do these reviwERs hold any particular rank or status in the FOOD AND BEVERAGE industry......................well enter MICHY who blows them all away !

thanks MISHY !

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