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Tahoe House of Galbi review

Just Larry | Mar 24, 200406:34 PM

Tahoe was suggested recently on this board as a top quality Korean restaurant that cooks with coals and has quality meat. The room is bright with lots of window tables, decor is contemporary Asian, and is a spotlessly clean enviornment. It is on the corner of Wilton Pl. and Wilshire Blvd. As recommended, I ordered the Galbi. Of course it was not that easy. Do want it boneless, with bone and marinated or with bone and not marinated. I chose with bone marinated. My grill was fired up and a guy came by to put fresh coals in my grill. While I waited for the coals to heat, I was served a nice fresh green salad and 8 dishes of Panchan. Bean sprout in sesame oil, Daikon shreds, Little Fish, Potato Salad, Spinach, Cabbage Kimchi and another Kimchi that I didn't recognize but it was fiery and tasty. 8th bowl was the dipping sauce for the Galbi. I was then served a very tasty bowl of soup. As I finished the soup the Galbi was laid out on the grill in one large sheet still attached to the bone. A few mushrooms were thrown on too. It was the most marbled piece of meat that I have ever seen. The cooking is done for you. After a few minutes the meat was turned over. A couple of minutes more and she cut the meat into one inch squares. It was just medium rare at this point and I picked out a few choice pieces to try. It was very tender and juicy and plenty beefy. Apparently she wasn't done cooking the meat and turned the pieces over. I wanted to keep the meat more rare and started moving the meat to the outer part of the grill all the while ravenously eating morsel after morsel from the grill. It didn't take long for me to finish the large portion of meat. She kept cooking the bone and finally pulled the last piece off the bone and cut it into pieces. I was pretty sure it was just gristle but I had to investigate. It was as rubbery as expected but I ate it and enjoyed it too. At the end of the meal they bring a sweet rice (?) soup. It is very refreshing and not overly sweet. They are not stingy with the food. If you want more salad, soup or any panchan they quickly bring it to you. I could only manage one of each. Bill came to $25.00 with tax before tip. I will make a point of coming back when I am in this part of town again. I was in a hurry (they did not know this) and the meal took just 30 minutes and did not seem the least bit rushed. Many people had a much more leisurely meal and they were not rushed at all.

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