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“Fills the Korean gap in Amsterdam, but not my favorite.” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Yokiyo

Yokiyo
Oudezijds Voorburgwal 67, 1012 EK Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+31 20 331 4562
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Ranked #825 of 2,459 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Price range: $13 - $34
Cuisines: Barbecue, Asian, Korean
Dining options: Quick Bites, Dinner, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
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Dining options: Quick Bites, Dinner, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Fills the Korean gap in Amsterdam, but not my favorite.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

The general atmosphere in this new (as of december) Korean place is great- the top floor is for groups that would like the famous Korean barbecue, while the ground floor is for other dishes.

I cannot speak for the Korean bbq, but did eat the other dishes available on the bottom floor. After spending quite some time in Korea, I can definitely say that some of the flavours were not as authentic, and the dishes were without their usual "flare." As the previous reviewer said, this is probably due to the fact that the dishes were modified for the European palate, which for me was a devaluation. That being said, the dishes were okay. I was with a group of three that ordered duck, a plate of vegetables, and a beef dish. This was all served with miniature traditional Korean sides (Kimchi and other pickled vegetables, and of course, rice).

Although the taste of the food was >okay< (despite being not traditional), I would strongly caution visitors about the size of the dishes and the price. The larger dishes (duck, vegetables, beef) were VERY small, and all cost between 15-17.50 (15 for a plate of "just okay" vegetables!) Even more disappointing? Their traditional sides (kimchi, etc.) were about half of the size of my hand (1/4 cup approx), and were each going for almost 3E each if you ordered more. This seemed extremely unfair, especially given the fact that kimchi can cost CENTS to make (even in Amsterdam), and that in Korea you get unlimited portions for free.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“If you've never had Korean BBQ, this is a great place for a first impression.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013 via mobile

I've enjoyed many trips to Korea and the culinary highlight of each trip was the famed Korean BBQ: bulgogi and kalbi on a grill set into the table. The meat is served raw and it's left to the customer to grill, slice and serve; a truly social dining experience. If you like meat, and smoke, and good times, then I recommend an evening of Korean BBQ wherever you an find it.

Unfortunately, Amsterdam (or the whole of the Netherlands for that matter) has been lacking a true Korean BBQ restaurant. There are several places that offer delicious, authentic Korean dining, but not real BBQ. Yokiyo has finally filled this gap! With authentic table grills, drinks and spices imported from the source, Yokiyo offers an introduction to the Korean social food experience in Amsterdam.

The staff is very helpful and friendly. The food is delicious and the prices are reasonable. Just give it a try and you'll be back for more.

I recommend skipping the appetizers and other dishes and going straight for the BBQ. Order a bottle of soju (distilled from sweet potatoes) and a bottle of Cas bier to get things rolling. Then move on to two or three different meats, including kalbi and bulgogi. Drink, grill and enjoy.

A word to the Korean connoisseur: if you're looking for authentic flavors, go elsewhere. Yokiyo has toned down the red pepper and garlic to appeal to the European palette. This place is all about the meat, the grill, the laughter and the ambience. On these topics the other Korean restaurants in Holland could learn a thing or two from Yokiyo.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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