2331 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95051
Why did we dine here? – Gooyi Gooyi is an authentic Korean restaurant in Santa Clara’s Koreatown. We’ve found some of the best Korean joints down here plus our neighbor recommends this restaurant, so we had to give it a try. We got take out from them in 2020 during the Covid 19 Pandemic.
It is located next to an Adult store, but don’t stress.. Enter and you’ll find tables with burners and the typical massive hoods. Mostly Koreans were eating, a good sign. Prices at Gooyi Gooyi are definitely on the high side, but worth it if you love Korean food.
Insider Tip – Let the waitress cook. Parking is tight, so park on El Camino Real.
Cuisine – Korean
Location – Santa Clara
Opened – 2006
Service – Gooyi Gooyi had reasonable service for such a small place. Better than most Korean restaurants. Three ladies constantly circling around.
Verdict – Gooyi Gooyi hit the spot. A different experience than most Korean places. About as authentic as it gets without driving to LA. Also worth exploring, nearby Tobang and Kunjip.
Signature Dishes – BBQ Combos.
Gooyi Gooyi’s Menu is reasonably short and concise.
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Banchan of 6 items plus a chopped salad with a zesty dressing. Lots of variety. To go orders also get it.
Soft egg bubbling hot in a claypot.
Steaming Tofu onion soup ready for rice.
Marinated Premium Short Rib – Gal Bi ($36.99), onions, tender and excellent flavor. Included rice paper and pickled radish wrappers. Rare for most spots around here.
Sliced Black Pork Belly ($27.99) was cooked tableside. Three thick n fatty slices grilled and cut up by the waitress. Most of the oil melts away. (Well most of it!) Greasy, crisp, fantastic.. A Must Get – You can then add the special Kim Chi Fried Rice, which is great and huge.
18 – Dol Sot Bop ($12.99) steamed rice topped with assorted vegetables and meat in hot pot had stellar crisp rice along with tender meat and a precooked egg.
Seafood pancake ($14.99) was simply massive, full of seafood and egg.
Duk Buk Gi Spicy Rice Cake ($14.99) is really spicy and huge. Includes rice cakes, dumplings, egg and more.
OK: (Order if you like this dish)
Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)