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“Nice Korean Barbecue” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Yokiyo

Yokiyo
Oudezijds Voorburgwal 67, 1012 EK Amsterdam, The Netherlands
020-3314562
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Ranked #723 of 2,314 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Price range: $16 - $39
Cuisines: Asian, Barbecue, Korean
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Hampshire
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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Nice Korean Barbecue”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

I can't comment on the rest of the restaurant but the barbecue is pretty good. It's not often that I have found a Korean place with barbecue tables so five of us tried it out. The food was good and a lot of fun. One of our group travels to Korea regularly and he said it was very good.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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49 reviews 49 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
“Bad meat quality, overpriced and greedy - not an authentic Korean experience”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

Was very disappointed with this place. Just the fact that you have to pay for extra kimchi (!) is telling enough not to go there. But my friends wanted to check it out, so I went. This place is obviously not targeted at Korean people, because they would never accept the following (below), it is obviously targeted at people who have no clue what an authentic Korean BBQ experience should be like.

- Totally overpriced. Most Korean BBQ places in the Netherlands are an all-you-can-eat concept, including a variety of meats and side dishes to choose from each round, for 25 euros p.p. on average. This one, however, charges 20 euros for just one (1!) meat dish with not even one side dish included! If you pay 24 euros per person, you get 1 meat dish per person with only 3 side dishes to share with 6 people! Is this a joke? Korean BBQ should be about variety to share, not having to share a tiny side-dish with 6 people.

- Greedy servings. I have never seen such small "banchan" (small pickled side dishes that come with meat) servings before. The tiniest saucepans ever. And that for 6 people. We all could only take one! small slice of kimchi. What a shame. And if you want extra you have to pay, and I've never had to pay for kimchi in a Korean restaurant before.

- Small meat servings. The meat plates themselves were small. Simply not enough for 6 people to properly taste, each person only gets one slice.

- The quality of meat. The worst I've had in a Korean restaurant before. First of all it was too thickly sliced. You shouldn't slice bulgogi or pork belly that thick! But the worst part was the quality itself - some meat was so hard I couldn't chew it. I had to go to the bathroom to spit it out. I didn't say anything to the waitress because we were with a group of friends and I didn't want to spoil the mood at the table. I've later heard from my friend she had the same situation - oops.

Some side-dishes tasted OK (as they should, unlike the rest of the stuff), and the waitresses were friendly, but it's not enough to make up for the major shortcomings in quality of meat.

If you want a proper Korean BBQ experience google for "all you can eat korean bbq" in Amsterdam of the Hague, OR even better - check out the 2 "unglamorous" yet authentic family-run restaurants in the south of Amsterdam, and avoid this place.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Horsens, Denmark
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Absolutely great tasting menu”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

We came in on a whim, and left amazed by the experience. We tried the 6-course dinner menu and each dish was pleasing to the eyes and to the palate. And dessert selection was composed of traditional sweets with a contemporary twist. If there is anything to be faulted, perhaps it is the limited selection of wines (they could offer a wine tasting?) but this did not take away from the overall enjoyment. Best of all was to sit not too close by the window and get the view of the canal reflecting the lights, the old church, and the treetops swaying with the wind - you could forget that you were in the middle of the red light. Service was also faultless.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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62 restaurant reviews
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“Nice atmosphere, great food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

Walked into Yokiyo by accident on our way home and decided to stay for lunch. Got a window seat in the salon, opposite the oldest building in Amsterdam (800 years old church the 'Oude Kerk'), the red lights district and a canal. Apart from all of the entertainment going on outside, Yokiyo is quite entertaining itself. The old building has a very tasteful decoration. On the first floor you'll find beergarten style long wooden tables where you can just sit grab a seat and have a Korean meal. On the second floor, tehre are about 5 private BBQ tables (two shifts a night Thursday-Sunday) and a couple of tables you can reserve in the salon where you'll be served a chef's menu at dinner time.

Our lunch was a mix of great Korean food (some sort of pancakes with shrimp and a hot pot rice bowl with vegies, beef and egg) and hospitality. The korean waiter was a very nice guy who took the time to explain the korean kitchen and even offered us some of their national 19% spirit, a surprisingly nice drink with a soft ring to it.

We'll be back for dinner for sure someday soon to discover more of the korean cuisine at this very friendly place.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Belgium
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64 reviews 64 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Three hours”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

Found the place online and decided to go there with my girlfriend (we're not from the Netherlands). We had the chef's menu because I like surprises.

The bad:
- We stayed in total about three hours in the restaurant. Way too long for any restaurant. Basically we had to wait too long between the dishes and sometimes for the dishes to be taken from our table. The bill also took almost 10 minutes to come out. And when you have three waiters for nine or ten tables, for me, that's not possible...
- Noisy upstairs especially when you have big groups at the barbecue tables next to you.

The good:
- It was worth the 37,50 euros/person (drinks excluded) because in the city I live we only have three Korean restaurants and they don't offer those kind of deals. It's either too expensive or doesn't taste as good. So fair price for what we got (six dishes). The chef's menu is handy if you want to discover Korean food. Make sure to tell the waiters if you suffer from any allergy.
- Friendly staff; described each dish.
- Good location in the red light district. Not far from the station also. Small inside but great view on the canal upstairs.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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