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ALL You Can Eat Korean BBQ?

cson May 1, 2007 09:14 AM

ALL YCE Korean BBQ for never been non-asian coworkers tonight in ktown. they/I don't mind the hole in the wall so better suggestions than Manna would be appreciated. we'd also want a place with ttukbossam. thanks!

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  1. wilafur RE: cson May 1, 2007 10:01 AM

    manna = dirty and gross

    i'd go to any of these:
    - soot bull guirim
    - mu dung san
    - soot bull guirim 2

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    1. re: wilafur
      Pei RE: wilafur May 1, 2007 10:02 AM

      I second gui rim or gui rim 2. Same menu, of course.

      1. re: Pei
        TracyS RE: Pei May 1, 2007 10:09 AM

        Third it - be prepared to smell like meat for days .. $15 pp and tastier than Manna because of the charcoal.

        You can start with the combo plate A and you're welcome to specify any of the meats you don't care to have included. Be sure to ask for the cold noodles (naeng myun) at the end which are included but not openly offered if you don't ask.

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          eatdrinknbmerry RE: Pei May 1, 2007 06:23 PM

          haha wilafur... here's my addition to your thoughts on manna

          manna = dirty, gross, overmarinated meat, BAD HAPPY BIRTHDAY TECHNO SONGS

          i'm with you on Gui Rim 2... for those interested in offals like intestines, hearts, tripe in addition to the standards, this is the place. warning: VERY VERY SMOKY... i'd say as bad as Soot Bull Jeep.

          Mu Dung San is up next for me... hearing great stuff about them and Park's.

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            MeowMixx RE: eatdrinknbmerry May 2, 2007 10:13 AM

            It’s funny. That Korean techno birthday song came out waaaaaaaaaaay back in the day and I can’t believe people STILL play it. You would figure some Korean group or another would have come out with a better rendition by now.

            I agree with eatdrinknbemerry and wilafur. Manna..... ewwwwww

            Haven't been to Gui Rim 2 but I have been to Gui Rim (on 6th and Manhattan). So much better than Manna.

        2. re: wilafur
          scuzm RE: wilafur May 1, 2007 10:49 AM

          i ate at mu dung san last night. it was awesome. gas grill. delicious cuts. no skimping on the galbi! and they have bulgogi these days (but i think in the past it was a big piece of pork).

          1. re: scuzm
            wilafur RE: scuzm May 1, 2007 11:08 AM

            scuzm...thats why i really like mu dung san......they one of the few (if not only) $15pp ayce place(s) that has beef bugolgi.

            1. re: wilafur
              ns1 RE: wilafur May 1, 2007 12:15 PM

              You know, I've been to ALOT of kbbq places, and I've also been to Manna a few (dozen) times, and I gotta say Manna's pretty good and consistent. I've been to a few better in OC, maybe 1 or 2 in LA, but I've been to a ton of places worse than Manna. They turn over ALOT of food so it's all pretty fresh, service is usually good even when they're incredibly busy. It's cheap, and it's great for large parties.

              1. re: ns1
                wilafur RE: ns1 May 1, 2007 12:40 PM

                we have different tastes because i find the meat at manna to be subpar.....who cares if the turnover on the meat is quick if the meat sucks? and don't even get me started on service.....well...actually its non-existent at manna.

                have you been to any of the places listed above? not only are they MUCH more clean than manna, but their meat is of higher quality and the service is decent to good. however, to each their own.

            2. re: scuzm
              PandanExpress RE: scuzm May 2, 2007 10:26 AM

              I love mu dung san. The meat tastes great and I'm addicted to that potato-salad-ball that they serve as part of their pan chan. The only complaint I have is that if you don't speak Korean and can't read the menu, they don't exactly help you out. The first time I went there with AYCE, I didn't realize that you could also ask for a plate of chicken, and they didn't offer it to me. It was good either way though. When I go for Korean BBQ, I'm there for the galbi and those thin slices of pork.

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                scuzm RE: PandanExpress May 7, 2007 12:15 AM

                the thing about mu dung san is that they would help you, it's just that most of the waiters don't speak any english. i have a hard enough time getting the point across with my very poor korean.

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                  wilafur RE: scuzm May 7, 2007 09:08 AM

                  i guess it depends on who your servers are because i speak absolutely no korean yet was able to order everything easily at mu dung san. =)

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            holybull RE: cson May 1, 2007 03:39 PM

            I recommend Mu Dung San, It's got good meat, prices aren't bad and the service is decent (you're not gonna find good service in K-town)

            I don't like the owner at Soot Bul Guirim, so i don't go there anymore. If she doesn't think you're eating fast enough (she sees customers waiting for a table, $$$), she starts putting your meat on your grill and pushes you out the door.

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              wilafur RE: holybull May 1, 2007 04:21 PM

              holybull, that happened to me at soot bull guirim2.....kinda forced us out with the check and a frown. bastids.

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              dietgrace RE: cson May 1, 2007 05:14 PM

              Of all the AYCE Korean BBQ in K-town, I like Tahoe Galbi (on the corner of Wilshire & Wilton) the best.

              The restaurant is clean, the variety of meat is excellent, and the ban chan is yummy too.

              Mu Dung San is another good choice, but stay away from Manna...

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              1. re: dietgrace
                Pei RE: dietgrace May 1, 2007 05:52 PM

                How much is the AYCE at Galbi? Thanks.

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                  dietgrace RE: Pei May 1, 2007 06:01 PM

                  The last time I was there it was $14.99, but I heard most of the AYCE Korean BBQ are raising their prices to $15.99. I was at Mu Dung San last week and they had raised the price to $15.99.

                  But, hey, $15.99/person, is still a great price for AYCE Korean BBQ.

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                foodinmytummy RE: cson May 2, 2007 02:53 PM

                I second the rec. for Tahoe Galbi on Western/Wilshire. Roomy, clean, and good quality meats. I think the AYCE is $15 per person which is pretty standard for Korean BBQ.

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                  jennp RE: cson May 2, 2007 04:05 PM

                  LA Family House on 8th and Berendo (3077 W. 8th St.) is pretty good. $14.99 for good meat, good service. If you call ahead, they try to get a table ready for you... (213)386-7890.

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                    waterisgood RE: cson May 2, 2007 05:57 PM

                    My new favorite 15.99 all you can eat is Tahoe. Much better quality meat, which my boyfriend agrees on, but he still prefers the down and dirty atmosphere of Manna over the cleaner appeal of Tahoe. Service is also better at Tahoe.

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                    1. re: waterisgood
                      nango57 RE: waterisgood May 2, 2007 09:11 PM

                      do they serve the steamed egg at Tahoe?

                      1. re: nango57
                        eatdrinknbmerry RE: nango57 Dec 18, 2007 03:03 PM

                        yes tahoe serves the steamed egg thing. but i don't think they do the charcoal grill anymore. i remember eating it twice in the patio and then eating on a gas grill indoors.

                        1. re: eatdrinknbmerry
                          TonyC RE: eatdrinknbmerry Dec 18, 2007 03:18 PM

                          still prefer Mu Dang San over soot bul gui rim 2. I come out less disgusted and don't feel the need to change everything down to my boxers.

                          and let the truth be known: SBGR1/2 serves 2 lil lumps of chargoal over gas grill. the argument for soot is moot.

                          1. re: TonyC
                            fatnoodles RE: TonyC Dec 18, 2007 03:33 PM

                            where is Mu Dang San and Soot Bul Gui Rim? 1 or 2...

                            i frequent Ma Dang Sae on vermont. pretty good. they recently re-did their interior and hiked up the price to $16.99. the meat was better this time. they used to make kimchi fried rice for you at the end of the meal, but that's gone now.

                            1. re: fatnoodles
                              wilafur RE: fatnoodles Dec 18, 2007 03:39 PM

                              MDS is on western, a block south of olympic.

                              SBGR1 is on 6th street, a block west of western and SBGR2 is on vermont a 1/4 block north of 3rd.

                              1. re: wilafur
                                fatnoodles RE: wilafur Dec 19, 2007 08:35 PM

                                thanks, wilafur!

                              2. re: fatnoodles
                                ns1 RE: fatnoodles Dec 20, 2007 08:39 AM

                                They also used to do all you can eat, but that is ALSO gone now. Also, the thin sliced meat is different. I think it's no longer frozen? but it feels like an entirely different cut.

                                I like the old Ma Dang Sae much better =*(. Anywhere with awesome thin sliced meat, that addictive garlic/jalapeno sauce, AND rice paper?!?!

                                MANY kbbq places come close, but few have the rice paper that I so obsessively desire (parks, chosun galbi...).

                              3. re: TonyC
                                lileor RE: TonyC Jan 19, 2008 10:35 PM

                                Is Mu Dung San open for lunch?

                                1. re: lileor
                                  TonyC RE: lileor Jan 21, 2008 08:50 AM

                                  recently hit this joint and pigged out on $15 AYCE:

                                  Furasato (obviously not the korean name but definitely Korean owned / operated)
                                  16410 S. Western Ave.
                                  Gardena, CA 90247

                                  better environs / quality than MDS / SBGR 1/2. comes w/ duk bo ssam and seasoned green mix. there's actually a cheaper level of AYCE @ $9.9999 but only includes sam gyup ssal and chadol baegi. Previous fact leads to the obvious use of gas grill, but it's a nice round sloped design with good BTU output which allows one to perfectly grill kimchi with the fat rendered from the pork slices.

                                  and... the nice part (not that one should care much): decent service.

                                  1. re: TonyC
                                    wilafur RE: TonyC Jan 21, 2008 08:58 AM

                                    furusato right?

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