With nothing planned for dinner, I decided to tag along with my kids and their cousins and let them bring me to try out this supposedly authentic, popular and best-in-class Korean BBQ restaurant.
Unfortunately, my verdict was that the overall experience was kind of underwhelming and un-inspiring. We went predominantly for the meat, which turned out to be the weakest and most disappointing link of our meal! Most cuts of beef we ordered, including some higher priced ones, were ordinary and tough, lacking in desired marbling. Seasoning and taste enhancement relied solely on the plain garlic salt and oil dip plus an ordinary Gochujang - a sweetish, mildly spicy, chili pepper bean paste sauce. All meats were presented plain and un-marinated. Quality of the Banchans were so-so. Only saving points were the condiments and sides we ordered as extras. The Kimchee cheese pie and the corn cheese were interesting and good.
After savoring some top notch and delicious Japanese Yakiniku in Tokyo recently....where the dipping sauces were complex and delectable and the mostly marinated, various cuts of meat were all tasty with fine marbling....resulting in super-tenderness. This Korean option was a sad alternative requiring laborious effort to eat!
Finally, whilst expecting a lot of Korean being spoken in the establishment, I was surprised to hear nothing but Mandarin being spoken by patrons in our part of the dining room! What a weird sensation!
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