Other dishes are less traditional, including spicy chicken, a stir-fry with thick slices of dark- and white-meat chicken; chicken teriyaki, which tastes more like honey than its namesake; and fried rice. Bibimbop does live up to its name — bibim means "mixed" and bop means "rice" — but instead of holding bracken fern and dried seaweed, the rice-filled bowl features such crowd-pleasers as lettuce, carrots and bean sprouts, plus a side of gochujang (hot pepper sauce). It's also topped with a fried egg and bulgogi, a classic preparation of marinated meat that can be ordered as a stand-alone entree. Not so classic is the extra helping of sugar added to the marinade. "American people seem to like things saltier and sweeter than regular Korean dishes," Jaymie explained, which might be why the brown sauce over nugget-like strips of pork in the otherwise tasty pork katsu comes out so sweet.

Location Info


Bop & Gogi

10639 E. Briarwood Ave.
Centennial, CO 80112

Category: Restaurant > Asian

Region: Southeast Denver Suburbs


See also: A closer look at Bop & Gogi

Bop & Gogi
Kimchi jeon (kimchi pancake) $4.25
Soondooboo chigae $3.75
Galbi $10.95
Beef bulgogi plate $8.95
Spicy chicken plate $7.95
Teriyaki chicken bowl $6.95
Katsu pork bowl $8.95
Bibimbop $9.95
Kimchi $1.00
10639 East Briarwood Avenue, Centennial
Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday, 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday

When the restaurant first opened, customers commented that dishes were too mild, and the owners responded by bumping up the heat. Who knows? Maybe those extra spoonfuls of sugar (not to mention the MSG in several soups) will disappear over time, too. With a goal of expanding to five locations and ultimately franchising, the Ryus have every desire to find the right balance for all audiences.

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I love this place! I used to live in Korea and have been looking for good Korean food closer than Aurora since I moved out here. The soondubu jigae was delicious and super spicy like I asked, and the side dishes were authentic and amazing. Several kinds of kimchi were good, loved the mushrooms, bean sprouts, and japchae. The ladies were also extremely accommodating and friendly. This is a weekly stop for me because it's so good and healthy! Try the bibimbop here, it's the best!


I am half Korean and Bop and Gogi is HORRIBLE.  Their bulgogi is too thick and gristly.  They close for 2 hours during the middle of the day (even though their FB and YELP pages don't mention that).  The owners are RUDE.  Koreans are very prejudiced against half Koreans (we diluted their great race) and the owners here have been very, very rude to me.  Bop and Gogi is 1 mile away from my house, but I'd rather drive to Aurora.  Bad food, bad service and JUST PLAIN BAD BUSINESS PRACTICES.

jenna-furrr topcommenter

Hmmm...I totes agree with monopod. I like my kimchi pretty ripe, but it's good to see a fast-cash Korean place poised to chain on out, hopefully closer to my neighborhood.


Kimchi "fermented long enough to make it sour, but not so long that it stunk" hasn't been fermented long enough!  Spicy and stinky, that's how I like it (and underfermented kimchi would explain why the chigae wasn't very deep flavored; chigae is a classic way to use up very old kimchi that's stinking up the fridge, and that's where a lot of its flavor comes from).

Sounds like this place is pretty Americanized, which I suppose isn't surprising given its aspirations to be a chain.  Still, an Americanized Korean chain would be better than none at all.  I wish them luck.