It says Yi Dynasty Korean B.B.Q. House on the outside, but the receipt says Yi Cho Galbi Korean.
If I knew they had Galbi in their name, I would have ordered that. But being the gringo that I am, I just ordered the bulgogi. They have about 25 different items on the lunch menu, and most of them looked good. And there were pictures for the ethnically challenged.
On the inside, its a relatively nice-looking restaurant compared to the Korean restaurants in K-Town. The servers wear black and white uniforms, and theres a classy feel to it.
There were mostly Koreans there for lunch, and they sat me away from the rest of the customers. This initially caused some wonder on my part, but I actually liked where they sat me because I could watch TV.
Since I was alone, they started bringing out the salad, soup and panchan quickly.
The salad was small, but the typical romaine and sweet/hot dressing affair. The soup was the usual broth, MSG, boiled potato, MSG and a small slice of beef.
The panchan was lame. It consisted of broccoli, bean sprouts, firm tofu with a soy/vinegar/green onion sauce, and thickly sliced cucumber with red pepper sauce. Again owing to my whiteness, instead of automatically bringing out the kimchee, they asked if I wanted it, which of course I answered in the affirmative. It was actually pretty good.
Being alone, they dont fire up the grill for the bulgogi, but instead cook it up in the back. This was okay, since I didnt really have much time, and didnt want to smell like barbecue for the rest of the day.
It was cooked perfectly tender and tangy from the marinade. Along with the rice and kimchee, it made a very nice lunch. I will be back. The total with tax was $12.93 before tip.
Yi Dynasty Korean B.B.Q. House (near John Wayne Airport)
1701 Corinthian Way #E
Newport Beach, CA 92660