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Sep 24, 2007 09:28 AM

Korean BBQ in West LA/Venice Area?

Are there any good Korean BBQ restaurants in the West LA/Venice area? Nothing super expensive but decent quality food? Thanks!

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    1. re: Servorg

      Wharo is terrible. And despite a nice atmosphere, its absolutely mind-boggling that this place has won Citysearch awards.

      Kaya Sushi around the corner on Washington actually has better Korean that is worth trying. Tofu Ya on Sawtelle has mixed reviews:

      Korean BBQ is probably my favorite food on the planet, so trust me when I say its definitely worth a trip to Korea Town for the real thing.

      1. re: ElJeffe

        Wharo is not terrible at all, the food is very good. The variety of dishes offered is limited and it is overpriced, but the quality of the food is great.

        1. re: hrhboo

          The worst Bul Go Gi I've had in North America, and that includes about 30+ places in Chicago, San Francisco, and here. Flavor was completely off and it was sliced so thin it fell through the grill. I would't even call it Korean.

          Oh, forgot to mention, the big Korean Supermarkets in Korea Town have pre-made Bul Go Gi (and pan-chan) that you can make at home on your grill thats as good as almost any restaurant. Half of the fun of KBBQ is grilling your own in the restaurant, but having world class BBQ in the comfort of your own home was pretty great too.

          1. re: hrhboo

            It really is pretty good food, and the prices are inline with what we pay in K-town at Dong Il Jang on 8th @ Hobart.

      2. Wharo on Lincoln at Washington.

        1. I didn't want to like it, but I did enjoy Manpuku on Sawtelle. It's Japanified Korean BBQ from what I understand, but I really don't want to get hung up on semantics. We cooked meat on a grill and my palate was satisfied. I don't know enough about the topic to know what makes it Korean vs. Japanese. Not exactly cheap but not exorbitant either. I enjoyed myself at Manpuku much more than at Soot Bull Jeep. It would be nice if they gave you the complimentary panchan at Manpuku. If you expect panchan, don't go to Manpuku. I don't know if this is particular to Manpuku or if all Japanese BBQ places do it like this. Overall, I was very happy with the quality of the meat at Manpuku and thought it outshone any of the places I've been to in Koreatown. I only report what my palate tells me, so don't kill the messenger!!! :D