There are certain places where restaurants have a difficult time thriving, particularly in the competitive corridor of Alexandra Road in Richmond. Cherry’s Food House has a more modern aesthetic to complement their versions of homestyle Korean food. Perusing their menu there was a decent selection of stews and soups such as Seafood tofu hot pot, Army stew, a small assortment of bulgogi and grilled ribs, stone bowl rice and other classics, relatively standard fare. Something I would like to come back and try on a warm day is their naengmyeon in a slushy broth.
An assortment of banchan was served prior to the mains, a bit of a weak offering of appetizers. I haven’t come across a kimchi that was this saucy, in my pictures it looks as if it’s soaked in ketchup. The salad of lettuce, cucumber and bean sprouts was drizzled gochujang for some sweet heat. The bean sprouts could be softer and more marinated, same goes for the potatoes.
I ordered a classic in the Pork bone hot pot (Gamjatang) in a small size ($19.95). The pot comes piled high with 2 large pork bones with the onions, perilla leaves and enoki mushrooms piled high. The simmering pot contains a spicy, rich broth with tender meat and few potatoes. Their version is decent, but would have been nice to have a few more potatoes and another bowl of rice as only one was given.
The Japchae ($16.95) , sweet potato noodles with vegetables and beef was a generous portion. The dish was fairly peppery and well flavoured with sesame oil with beef sliced thinly and quite tender.