Gogi is a Korean and Sushi place located right in the Phoenix Palace/Li Li plaza.
Gogi’s biggest strength is their portions. You get a lot of food when you order from them. This might be because they stack their meat very high on your little iron plate to give you the illusion and whether that is the case or not, it works!
I tried three of their dishes here and the small dishes:
It seems like the standard for rating Korean restaurants in Phoenix is the restaurant’s Tofu Soup, Their tofu soup’s not bad but I’ve had better. Don’t get me wrong, it’s definitely worth what you get. But I feel the body of the soup is weaker compared to other varieties.
I got the mixed tofu soup which included clams, an egg, beef and all that jazz. It was alright.
My other friend got the roe tofu soup which I disliked but roe just might not be for me.
Spicy Pork Bulgogi
Pretty good. I’ve complained in the past that bad bugogi is soggy but this particular one was not. It was quite spicy and tasted good with rice.
Possibly the most meat and the most delicious ribs I’ve ever tasted in Phoenix. Most restaurants just give you the rib portion but this one has a lot of the meat attached to the bone.
This dish was huge! 2 big cutlets with a side salad. The chicken katsu was crunchy and moist but I found the sauce upon it too watery and sunk through the coating. Other than that, this was a huge value dish that if you wanted to be filled, this would be it.
Kimchi – Decent kimchi but I noticed it had a lot of red pepper sauce.
Banchan – I found their potatoes weak, their cucumbers bland, and their bean spouts lackluster
Decided to go again and we went all out on family style dishes.
Not as good as Hodori. The balance is kind of off. Let me try to explain. There’s a bit too many green onions and their pancake is fried a bit too much so it really reminds you of an onion fritter than a Korean pancake.
Spicy Pork and Squid
This monster has longitudinal cuts of squid, pork belly, onions and zuchinni paired with a salad and covered in gochujang. This dish is amazing on rice.
Pork Belly Wrap
Served on a wooden platter, I found this dish fun and delicious. I found this one less colorful and bright compared to Hodori’s version, but more interesting in terms of flavor combinations. You have spicy gochujang, a potent vinegar, some radishes, raw garlic and jalapenos, steamed pork belly, and you can wrap this with a slightly pickled and boiled cabbage.
Combining these together artfully and wrapping it in the cabbage brings a burst of ethnic flavor.
I apologies that I couldn’t find the name for this dish. But I’d ask for the wooden platter with the pork belly on it.
Gogi has dim lighting and a decently woody atmosphere. The chairs are comfortable and has a slight old fashioned feel.
Service was alright though a bit slow at the end of the night. The second time I’ve been here, I noticed the servers were very hard to catch and though they were nice, had a bit of nervousness to them. It’s kind of a strange rule, but for Korean restaurants, it’s ok to raise your hand for the server. At least that’s what my martial arts director told me a long time ago.
About $20 dollars a meal. It’s really not a bad price for what you get. Like most Asian restaurants, sharing is caring. Buy a big dish and share with your friends is much more enjoyable than the plates for yourself.
Gogi has a really impressive selection on their menu. After I ordered my soup and meat combo, I looked around the other tables and got super jealous. One table had this giant seafood hot pot and another had a giant cast iron bowl filled with food.
In general, their meat is superb and everything else is alright. This is a good restaurant and if your focus is on the meat this is the place to go.