Living in Canada it should be obvious I’ve visited Niagara Falls on numerous occasions. On my last visit for my birthday we stumbled onto A Young Garden (영가든) as we drove in. Niagara correct me if I’m wrong, but it may be the only Korean & Japanese buffet in this area.
Its conveniently located across the Double Tree hotel which is probably great for hungry guests. Walking distance from the casino, its very accessible. From the outside it looks out of place, since it resembles more of an office building than anything else. Stepping inside we come into a beautifully decorated and very functional space. Immediately you’ll notice the decoration of pots and wood, giving a comfortable feeling. Its the same type of effect some restaurants in Korea try to give to customers. A mom and pop kind of shop.
The space is quite open, which probably works well in the summer time with tour busses. I’m assuming this is their main target. A piano sits in the front, unplayed while we were there.
Since it’s winter, the buffet wasn’t available at lunch. They said they were preparing it for dinner time. So we took a look at some of the other tables food choices.
We eventually got the budae jeongol (부대전골) on the first page of the menu. I’ve featured this dish before in a post on Paldo Gangsan on Christie. It’s more commonly known in other restaurants as budaejjigae (부대찌개) which is a stew of quite a bunch of things. Its story and ingredients dates back to the Korean war, so in actuality its a delicious dish with a sad history. Noodles, tofu, bacon, ham, spam, sausage, mushrooms and green onions make up most of the dish. Its mixed with a medium spicy stew that contains a hit of tangy flavor. For whatever reason it tastes slightly like a tomato soup. Cooked in front of you on a burner its the true experience of table cooking. Just make sure you don’t wear white because it will stain.
The service was great, although at the time there were only about 4-5 tables. Our table didn’t have a doorbell you would commonly see but the waitress would come around every so often.
I only found out after but if you have their business card you could probably get 10% off, and even a pick up service. There’s a line on the card for manager’s signature so I didn’t decide to explore this further. Perhaps one of you could tell me if you try it out.