So my family and I have relocated as Tokyo chow hounds, to being Paris chow hounds since February.
We have ventured enough in Paris so far ( with a 3 year old in tow). To start writing in the forum.
So recently we have been craving Korean. Especially korean BBQ
Last week we really wanted to go to Bong over in the 15eme Have read and heard many great things about it. We drove there and found parking in a lot about 10 minutes away and when we got there, the owner said to me in Korean French that they were full. End of conversation, didn't really even offer for us to wait or discuss any other alternatives. We looked in and it looked legit. Grills on every table. I can't wait to eventually get in this place.
So we found a nearby korean called Dami on rue dupleix. No grills here but they had some bbq and traditional dishes. Ordered a seafood paejan, soondooboo chigae, dolsol bibimbab, and bulgogi. Everything was solid. Panchan was limited compared to the US and Korea. Although I wouldnt order the bulgogi again. We would definitely go back.
So the following week(last night) we craved BBQ again and tried to call Bong and make a Reservation. Once again they are full. I think we are going to call a week ahead next time. So I scour the Internet and naively listen to tripadvisor and its commentators. We head to Korean BBQ on rue ponthieu off of Champs Ely. Wow what a mistake. They say korean BBQ, but of course it has Japanese food also. Japanese in Tokyo is a whole other topic. (Wife and mother in law are Japanese, and we just moved here from Tokyo, so I think we have the credentials to judge Japanese cuisine). No panchan, no lettuce with BBQ, just meat. Comes with generic soup, a bowl of rice with some pickled veggies on it. And we just ordered our daughter a California roll. Meat was frozen and kinda just whatever's. we ate quickly and just got the heck out of there as tourists and French customers were starting to come in. Definitely will not be back there.
So until our next venture, and hopefully I will be able to write about Bong soon.