I Love All The Asian Foods Especially When It Comes With a Side of Good Company
Long story short. I love Korean BBQ. My sister lives in Korea and introduced me to some amazing BBQ when I went to visit her. Samgyupsal, bulgogi, YES PLEASE. Anyway, who needs words when you have pictures?
Gogi Time is awesome. First, it translates literally as “Meat Time.” Hilarious. Second, you pay 25 for AYCE (all you can eat) including appetizers, banchan (side dishes), jigae (tofu stew), a metric crap-ton of meat, and rice. Third, if you have 5 people or more, that $25 gets you both hot pot and BBQ, which is pretty cool. I’ve never gotten hot pot because BBQ is my favorite. But still. The option is there.
Beef bulgogi, beef sirloin, pork belly (samgyupsal), and fresh squid are all really, really tasty. Dip the barbecued meat into the seasoned salt/oil dish and eat up!
I also have enjoyed at various times the kimchi pancake and the potstickers, which are great appetizers. The soondubu/jigae is definitely not bad but we always get too excited for the bbq to pay much attention to the jigae.
Pretty standard for a KBBQ place - Korean and American beers, and you can get liter bottles of Hite and OB. Perfect to wash down the bbq.
To sum up: pleasant but absent-minded. This place tends to fill up with bigger groups and there aren’t quite enough staff; one or two more people would really ease the load I think. In general, be patient and kind to your server and understand that everyone is flinging demands at them right and left, and they’ll take care of you.
Parking here is not my fave. The neighborhood is in a weird junction of other neighborhoods, between uptown and not-so-nice. I mean, I live in Oakland and I have a healthy acceptance of areas that don’t look pristine, but I’m always a bit worried about parking on the streets here.
That said, Gogi Time does have a parking lot that it shares with its neighbor. If you can find a spot there, great! Otherwise, street parking is really fine, I’m probably just paranoid.
As mentioned, the AYCE bbq/hotpot option is pretty cool.
2600 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA 94612
Sunday — Thursday
11:30am — 11pm
Friday / Saturday
11:30am — 12am (midnight)