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Best Korean Restaurant Phoenix 2009 - Restaurant Takamatsu - CLOSED

Restaurant Takamatsu

Restaurant Takamatsu

3002 N. Arizona Ave. #18-19

Chandler, AZ 85225


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The Korean formula for a good time suits us perfectly: a group of friends gathered around a tabletop grill, heaping plates of marinated meat to sizzle up as you like it, and plenty of ice-cold beer to go with it. That's living! And that's why we're crazy about Takamatsu, where Korean barbecue is the house specialty. Splurge on intensely flavorful bulgogi (thinly sliced beef), succulent kalbi (beef short ribs), scallops, spicy pork, or rib eye. There's also excellent dol sot bi bim bap (beef, veggies and rice crackling in a hot stone pot), stir-fried kimchee with pork, sushi, and several kinds of hearty Korean stews. And don't worry if the whole cook-it-yourself shtick seems intimidating — the helpful waitstaff definitely won't let you go hungry.

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I've eaten at a lot of Korean Restaurants. And Takamatsu doesn't come close to being the best. It's hard to go wrong with Kalbi and Bulgogi, so I agree that it is as tasty as you might find anywhere else, but their other Korean dishes (and Japanese) leave much to be desired. The taste of Korea has definitely alluded this restaurant. If you really like flavorful Kalbi Tang (A beef rib stew) or Spicy Tofu Stew with seafood or even just a delicious bowl of Bi Bim Bop, You'd have a better change of more authentic Korean at Hodori. You could always make a six hour stint to L.A. for more Korean goodness.