Monday, November 21, 2011

Ga Go Pa - Chantilly, VA


Let me start off by saying that I am in no way a Korean food expert. I like Korean food. I have had it a few times, and I see a serious addiction on the rise here. Having said that, my review of this newest restaurant is only a reflection of my tastes.

I stumbled into Ga Go Pa on a rainy Monday evening. Understandably there were not many other patrons there, but a couple of Korean families gave me hope that the food may, indeed, be the real deal. Ga Go Pa is a Korean buffet for Korean BBQ and sushi. This means there are individual burners on each table for the grilling of wonderfully marinated meats and vegetables; this includes the illustriously famous Kimchi. 

On one side of the four sided buffet bar was a variety of sushi, the next a small collection of Korean foods, including sautéed sweet potato noodles (more on that in a moment). The last two sides pertain mainly to the BBQ portion of the itinerary. You select your combination of raw meats and take them back to your table for some sizzling good fun.

The staff was especially friendly and attentive, which is always a big gold star in my book. If the service is bad, it makes little difference how wonderful the food tastes.

For our performance this evening I selected the Bulgoggi and pork belly (It is a lot like unsmoked bacon). The accompaniments included a big helping of kimchi and fresh garlic (I did not want to talk too much to other people this week anyway). A little tip from me to you, do not try and frizzle your meat on your own…the servers really do not like that. They hide it quite well with their understanding smiles, but trust me, I am doing you a favor here.

As promised I am returning to the delicious sweet potato noodles or Chapchae.  If you have never tried cellophane noodles or bean threads, these little lovelies will be new territory for you. When cooked they are translucent.  Chapchae is one of the most popular noodle dishes in Korea.* These noodles DO NOT taste like sweet potatoes. They absorb the flavors of the dish beautifully, and this is why I love this kind of noodle over any other. The Chapchae is a must at Ga Go Pa.

What I can say is, if you are like me and enjoy the variety of a buffet, and have a craving for Korean food…this is a good stop for you. 

* Chapchae information on
Contact Information
14015 Lee Jackson Hwy
Chantilly, VA 20151
(703) 631-3400