Restaurant connoisseurs repeatedly single out this restaurant as having some of the best Korean food in San Francisco. The decor is simple with random ... More
Brother's Korean Restaurant
Restaurant connoisseurs repeatedly single out this restaurant as having some of the best Korean food in San Francisco. The decor is simple with random posters of Korea and flowers punctuating the bare walls. Perhaps the most interesting decorative aspect is the clientele. Most nights, the restaurant is populated by a diverse crowd of San Franciscans who travel across the city to enjoy the food. Most meals come with a sauteed vegetable side dish and rice. Diners can chose to grill their own meals at their table or have the chef custom-prepare their order in the kitchen. A favorite barbecued entree is kalbi , marinated chicken or beef served burrito-style, wrapped in a lettuce leaf. In addition the kitchen prepares a variety of traditional Korean fish and meat dishes.
The lady that was serving us was incredibly rude. She had this annoyed face throughout the whole time and seemed like she didn't even want to work. She had a HORRIBLE attitude and made us feel very uncomfortable to even ask for a cup of ice water.
I haven't been to this place for a while and I decided to go back, but I realized that I made a huge mistake. The prices went way up and the galbi was too chewy and it smelled bad because it was not marinated enough.
Never going back.
I strongly don't recommend this place. It's definitely not worth it at all.
This place was the worst korean restaurant I've ever been. The server was throwing plates at us even though she wasn't too busy and galbi was way too tough. soon doo bu soup was ok but dwen jang jji gae didn't taste like what it is supposed to be at all. The price is too expensive compared to how much food they gave us. When we got out of the restaurant, the server followed us and asked for more tip. We were so disappointed at the restaurant. I don't recommend that korean restaurant at all!
Frankly, I prefer Brother's II over the original, just because of the service. Last time we were there, I felt rushed. Totally uncool.
The food is still excellent though, especially the rare/raw meat thingy w/ the crunchy fruit (you can tell I didn't order, right?) but it was as fresh as any steak tartare at a decent French restaurant.
Oh yeah, loooong wait too. So, if this place doesn't take you sooner, definitely go to Brother's II next over.
This place should be like a reality show where who ever eats a little of everything wins a million. Gross little dried fish heads in worm sauce with a hint of maggot spleen. No really I got sick from just the smell. They were very nice people so stop and say hello but if your not a seagull be careful.
Most people know Korean barbecue, if they know Korean food at all, but Brothers is the place to experiment. Yeah, the kalbi and bulgoki are great, but check out the soon tofu chigae - soft tofu stew that comes bubbling to your table in a stone pot. It is made with a chili based broth, and has oysters, zucchini and is bursting with flavor - not overpoweringly spicy. Or, check out the dolsot bibimbap - another stone pot speciality. Rice, topped with vegetables and some beef that you mix together with the red chili paste they serve on the side. The rice at the bottom of the pot gets crunchy and is the best part in my opinion. Outside of going to Korea, Brothers is one of the best places to get Korean food in the Bay Area. It's not fancy, the service can be spotty, but the food rocks! It's the best kimchee of any Korean restaurant I've ever tried, and so far, everything else I've had has been amazing.
I remember loving this place when I was in college. However, since the REAL owner died their service and food taste has changed. Their Korean cuisine is not authentic and it's cater to american taste buds. Their meat is to greasy and fattening. They take favors from their friends and family by sitting them first eventhough you take a number for your turn.
the korean food here is greasy and fattening- it's not very authentic for this reason- and the vents don't work at all so you smell terrible every time you leave. i recommend hanuri across the street 100 times over.
The other reviews are right on. More variety in side dishes than other Korean restaurants, and the wood charcoal (not gas, like most places) used to cook the meats adds flavor. At about $20 per person for lunch, it was a bit pricy for me, but it would be fantastic for dinner.