The good thing about giving a Korean restaurant a Chinese name is that it sets your expectation level before you even go in. Also, since Korean BBQ involves mostly grilling meats on a grill, authenticity isn't really a factor.
... Or so we thought.
Accessibility - Grade: A
The restaurant is located on Bishop street, north of Ste-Catherine's street. It's right next to the Hall Building of Concordia University.
Service - Grade: B-
The service was standard. Our orders were brought out very quickly, and our waiter checked in with us pretty often, but the whole process was rather brisk and mirthless. Also, I was pretty amused by the fact that the waiter spoke in mandarin to us the moment we stepped into the restaurant...
Food - Grade: C
I haven't been to that many AYCE Korean BBQ, but this one is by far the... oddest one I've tried.
All the cooking is done on these grills, which are built into the table. The grill takes up a good portion of the table, and even border can get very hot while the heat is on, so be careful not to burn yourself!
|Pork bone and potato soup|
|Meats for grilling|
Now, onto the meats! Tianxia offers a pretty good variety of meats for grilling. We ordered the pork, chicken, beef, beef ribs, lamb and shrimp. One portion gives you a decent pile of meat, so if you want to try a bit of everything, then start off with one portion of each. I particularly enjoyed the beef ribs, which were fatty and meaty, and thus sizzled and popped nicely on the grill. The beef and lamb were also pretty good, and the shrimp became plump and juicy when grilled. The pork and chicken took a little longer to cook, and were drier and more tasteless in comparison.
2065B Rue Bishop
Montréal, QC H3G 2E9