WE ARE KOSOO

 

culinary history in the creative arts of the Korea’s traditions, culture, and stories of people who enjoy food

OUR STORY

HISTORY

our philosophy

OUR CHEF 

WE ARE KOSOO

 

culinary history in the creative arts of the Korea’s traditions, culture, and stories of people who enjoy food

OUR STORY

HISTORY

our philosophy

OUR CHEF + TEAM

WE ARE KOSOO

 

culinary history in the creative arts of the Korea’s traditions, culture, and stories of people who enjoy food

OUR STORY

HISTORY

our philosophy

OUR CHEF + TEAM

MASTER : TO SUSTAIN

Brand Story

Kosoo means ‘master’ and ‘to sustain’ in Korean

Kosoo is more than just a restaurant. It is a realm of ‘Creativity’, where our master chefs play with bold flavors and Korean traditional fermented sauces, crafting new palates of taste and sensory delight. It’s a laboratory of taste, where boundaries are stretched, and ordinary becomes extraordinary.

But Kosoo isn’t solely about the chefs and their creations. It is also a space for ‘Sharing’. We believe food is an experience to be shared, an opportunity to bond, and a celebration of life. It’s where people come together to savor high-quality food in a warm ambiance, surrounded by a unique blend of modernism and tradition.

Kosoo goes beyond the typical restaurant experience, serving as a hub of culinary innovation and communal connection. Our master chefs blend bold flavors with traditional Korean sauces to create extraordinary dishes. We believe in sharing food as an experience, fostering bonds and celebrating life in a warm, modern-traditional ambiance.

History

Certainly, here’s a concise version of Kosoo’s history, highlighting each key milestone:

April 2015

Kosoo begins in Vancouver, setting a new standard in Korean cuisine by mixing tradition with innovation and establishing a beloved brand.

October 2019

Kosoo grows, opening a second location on Robson Street with a new “Korean Chicken + BBQ” concept, enriching Vancouver’s street food variety.

December 2020

A historic moment as Kosoo takes over the iconic Sai Woo in Chinatown, merging history with modernity and broadening our cultural footprint

June 2023

The third Kosoo restaurant opens in Coquitlam, bringing authentic Korean Barbecue and a community-centric dining ethos to the area.

November 2023

Transformation of Sai Woo to “Kosoo Pocha at Sai Woo,” creating a trendy spot that fuses the nostalgia of Sai Woo with the dynamic atmosphere of a Korean pocha.

Throughout our growth, Kosoo has been more than a restaurant chain; it’s a narrative of culinary creativity, cultural fusion, and communal spirit, continually evolving and inviting everyone to share in our journey of taste and togetherness.

Our Philosophy

Kosoo embodies a dual meaning in its name, representing both mastery and steadfastness in Korean. This duality is woven into our core values and mission, signifying our dedication to being masters of authentic Korean cuisine while firmly maintaining our commitment to tradition and innovation. At Kosoo, we aim to:

Seoul's Culinary Scene

Introduce Vancouver to the Seoulful and soulful delights of Korean flavors, bringing a taste of Seoul’s vibrant culinary scene to the local palate.

Freshness & Quality

Serve dishes crafted from select, locally-sourced ingredients, ensuring freshness and quality that bring happiness with every bite.

culinary experiences

Infuse our cuisine with time, care, and sincerity, pouring our hearts into every dish to create meaningful culinary experiences.

commitment to sincerity

Our commitment to sincerity is evident in every meal, with each dish prepared with meticulous care and a generous investment of time.

constantly evolving menu

At Kosoo, we believe tradition flourishes with creativity; our evolving menu reflects this ethos, blending time-honored recipes with innovative culinary techniques.

CHEF DE CUISINE : HAN, SEUNG- MIN

Our Chef

Kosoo Restaurant is not just a business venture, but a dream brought to life by Chef Han. He curates our menus with as much intricacy as the story of his career, reflecting the depth of his persona – as refined and understated as his food presentations. Blending the essence of French, Korean, and Japanese cuisines, his creations showcase a symphony of flavors that echo his profound understanding of gastronomy.

Passion permeates through every aspect of Chef Han’s work. His staunch dedication to crafting phenomenal food from scratch reflects a respect for the core principles of ingredient selection and culinary traditions. Every dish is treated with reverence, mirroring his journey towards mastering his craft.

Kosoo Restaurant embodies Chef Han’s lifelong dream rather than just a business venture. His carefully curated menus, reflecting both his refined persona and understated food presentations, blend French, Korean, and Japanese influences to create a harmonious symphony of flavors. With a deep understanding of gastronomy, Chef Han passionately crafts each dish from scratch, honoring ingredient selection and culinary traditions, thereby showcasing his journey towards mastery in the culinary arts.

Chef Han’s distinguished culinary journey includes:

– The foundation of Kosoo Restaurant
– Owner and Chef of Sai Woo Restaurant
– Sous Chef at Provence Marinaside, Vancouver, Canada
– Culinary experiences at Le Cordon Bleu Signatures
– A tenure at Fairmont Chateau Laurier, Ottawa, Canada
–  Contributions at Kin Sushi

Now, Chef Han, along with the Kosoo management team, is embarking on a new voyage. Their shared vision is to extend the reach of Kosoo’s unique dining experience, carrying the legacy of joy, satisfaction, and culinary delight to more people. They dream of a future where the name Kosoo is synonymous with gastronomic excellence, memorable experiences, and, most importantly, happiness. Join us, and be part of this journey to reimagine the realm of Korean cuisine and create a tapestry of joyous memories.

Chef Han’s distinguished culinary journey includes:

– The foundation of Kosoo Restaurant
– Owner and Chef of Sai Woo Restaurant
– Sous Chef at Provence Marinaside, Vancouver, Canada
– Culinary experiences at Le Cordon Bleu Signatures
– A tenure at Fairmont Chateau Laurier, Ottawa, Canada
–  Contributions at Kin Sushi

Chef Han and the Kosoo management team are embarking on a new chapter, aiming to expand Kosoo’s unique dining experience. Together, they aspire to establish Kosoo as a symbol of gastronomic excellence and genuine happiness. Join us in shaping the future of Korean cuisine and creating lasting memories.

PROFESSIONALS

Our Management Team

The Kosoo Management Team is a group of seasoned professionals and culinary experts who have tirelessly worked alongside Chef Han for many years to establish Kosoo Restaurant as it stands today. They are colleagues, mentors, and trusted business partners who have played an instrumental role in the restaurant’s growth and success.

Working hand in hand with Chef Han, they provide the support and the strength needed to face each new day’s challenges and victories. Their combined efforts have culminated in the creation of Kosoo as we know it – a place where culinary traditions and modernity meet in a harmonious blend.

The Kosoo Management Team is a robust blend of veterans from the restaurant industry, experienced chefs, and skilled managers. They are the backbone of the Kosoo experience, always attentive to the voice of our customers and focused on improving the quality of our service and offerings.

Their commitment extends beyond today, and into tomorrow. The team is unwaveringly dedicated to ensuring that each day at Kosoo is happier than the last, sharing every moment of joy with our customers. They are determined to make Kosoo a place where every visit is more than just a meal; it’s an experience, a memory, a story.

As we journey forward, the Kosoo Management Team will continue to guide and support Chef Han’s vision, ensuring that the Kosoo legacy of delivering superior dining experiences and creating happy memories lives on. So, come join us, and be part of our journey as we continue to redefine the Korean dining experience.

The Kosoo Management Team, seasoned professionals and culinary experts, has been pivotal in establishing Kosoo Restaurant alongside Chef Han. Committed to blending tradition with modernity, they prioritize customer satisfaction and strive for continuous improvement. Together, they uphold Kosoo’s legacy of excellence, redefining the Korean dining experience. Join us in this journey of culinary innovation and superior service.

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