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Kaya BBQ report - new Korean restaurant in San Carlos

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Kaya BBQ report - new Korean restaurant in San Carlos

naomib | Jun 29, 2006 04:26 PM

Last Tuesday I and 2 co-workers had lunch at this new Korean restaurant in San Carlos, newly opened next to the Philly Cheesesteak joint in the same shopping center as Kabul. Apparently it's owned by the same folks at Aya Sushi, also in San Carlos, because all of their chopsticks were encased an Aya Sushi wrapper.

The decor is very nice and clean. The restaurant seems to be divided into 2 areas, one with the grill hoods for self-cooking, the other is just tables for full service. There also seems to be a separate room for private dining.

I ordered the Gal Bi short rib lunch ($11), one lunch mate had the spicy bbq pork (sorry, I don't remember the Korean name) ($9), and my other lunch mate ordered the Bul Go Gi (marinated beef) ($9).

I was a little bit disappointed with the number of panchan (small appetizer/side dishes) - we got 4. I'm used to getting 8 or 10 at places like Korea BBQ in Millbrae or Brothers in the City. The 4 we got were: mild kimchee, spinach with sesame seeds, a fish-cake type of panchan, and noodles that tasted like macaroni salad but were in long noodle form. The staff however, were really nice about re-filling the kimchee once we finished it and asked if we wanted more of any of the other dishes.

All dishes arrived on a sizzling platter - I got a good amount of short ribs - I'd say about 4 ribs total, cut into individual rib sections. They were a little bit dry and probably could have been marinated a bit longer. I tried some of the bbq pork and bul go gi and they were both very good.

I'd probably go back and try some other dishes - I also want to try the self-grilling area. I didn't see anything about a buffet so I'm assuming you order a la carte.

A nice addition to San Carlos - I don't know of any other Korean restaurants in the immedate area.

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