Sahn Maru Korean BBQ Restaurant Review, Oakland

Reviewer: Foodnut.com

Sahn Maru Korean BBQ

4315 Telegraph Ave

Oakland, CA 94701

510-653-3366

510-658-3366 (Fax)

Sahn Maru Oakland exterior decor

Sahn Maru is a popular Korean restaurant in Oakland, located on Telegraph, home to many Korean restaurants. We decided to give it a try, having seen many reviews on the restaurant and slowly trying each highly regarded Korean restaurant.

Sahn Maru Oakland menu

Verdict – We found the decor pretty average, with exposed hardwood from the walls to the tables to the chairs. The food was actually only slightly above average, although the Korean specialty dish, goat stew, really impressed us. Prices are higher than most places. Service was decent until the place got busy.
Pyung Chang in Oakland, remains our current reference point for Korean restaurants. Southern California is home to far better Korean restaurants.

Cuisine – Korean
Location – Oakland Temescal

Signature Dishes – BBQ, Soft tofu

Full Sahn Maru menu and image set

Picks:

Sahn Maru Oakland panchan

Eight different versions of Panchan including anchovies, potatoes in honey sauce
was a nice touch.

Sahn Maru Oakland goat stew

Heuk Yum So Tang or Sizzling black Goat stew ($19.95) was on their Korean specialties page, so we have to try it. It came to us very hot, full of goat parts including skin and other organs, sesame leaves, and scallions. The spicy stew was excellent, not gamey, and featured some very strong flavors.

Sahn Maru Oakland kalbi

Kalbi ($23.99) or barbecue short ribs marinated in a mild sauce was decent but a little lacking special flavors. It included two big bones with very little meat. (Bring this home to the dog)

Sahn Maru Oakland cinnamon Tea

Free cinnamon tea dessert

OK: (Order if you like this dish)

Sahn Maru Oakland bimbambop

Hae Mool Dol sot Bibimbab ($14.99) includes octopus, calamari, baby shrimp, vegetables, and an egg yolk over Rice in a stone pot. This version was average. We had to ask them for an egg.

Sahn Maru Oakland tofu soup

Seafood and Beef Soft Tofu ($12.99) with beef, shrimp, and mussels was solid but not special. It came bubbling hot and had a very fishy base.

Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
None

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Sahn Maru Korean BBQ Overall Rating: (Good 2)

Come Back?

Food Rating: (Good)
Service Rating: (Good)
Atmosphere Rating: (Very Good)
Value Rating: (Average)

Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

Alcohol:Beer, Wine
Attire:Casual
Hours:Daily 11AM - 10PM
Parking:Street
Reservations:Yes
Prices:$9.99 - $29.99

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