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Report: Asian Barbeque: Korean Restaurant


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Report: Asian Barbeque: Korean Restaurant

Reed | Jun 14, 2003 11:43 PM

A friend, who lives on the Boston side of the river, came over to Cambridge to join me and experience the great Asian stalls in Porter Exchange. A typical busy Friday night all the stalls, except one, were crowded, busy, and noisy with tons of good fun occurring. Like always there were not enough stools at my favorite spots so I suggested getting some Bim Bop at the Asian Barbeque: Korean Restaurant, one stall I have never been too.

I guess the reason I had never been was due to its empty feel. I can’t remember a time when it was full like the others.

Well, I know why.

Yuck. The Bim Bop wasn’t that great, but worse the service was horrible. After being served before folks who sat down before us (the tension from their eyes made us feel guilty, bad) and then getting cold food was the start.

Now folks, correct me if I’m wrong. But Bim Bop is supposed to be served on the hotter side, no?

Hot enough so when you mix everything up you cook the egg yolk? Correct me if I’m wrong.

Anyway, the bowl was cold, the rice was cold. So my friend and I patiently waited for the waiter to return. When we politely asked if the dish was supposed to be served hot or cold (a fake but politely naive question) he rudely replied hot. So, I told him it was cold. He looked at us, said nothing. Then my friend said, is there anyway you can warm this up?

His reply, get this, “No. We don’t do that.” Then turned around and walked away. He never came back to our table for the rest of the night. Not even for water.

So, in short. I now know why Asian Barbeque: Korean Restaurant at Porter Exchange is always empty.

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