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URGENT need QUIET Korean BBQ in Ktown

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I'm taking a British friend of mine to lunch in Koreatown tomorrow (Sunday, June 8, 2008) It's partially a business meeting so we need a place that's quiet and where the servers won't rush us. It would be the first time he's had Korean food and he's very excited.

I wanted to go to Soot Bull Jeep, which is my fave, but I don't think it would be conducive to the kind of conversation we need to have. We need to be able to sit at a table for at least an hour.

So does anyone know of a QUIETER, flavorful version of Soot Bull Jeep in Koreatown that serves lunch on Sundays?

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  1. Sa Rit Gol is quieter and I believe they are open for Sunday lunch. You'll order off a menu, which has the advantage that you don't smell like a BBQ pit when you walk out. The panchan are the best in LA at Sa Rit Gol IMO.

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    1. re: glutton

      I've been doing a little snooping around -- what about Cham Sut Gol on Olympic, I believe? It's charcoal BBQ like Soot Bull Jeep.

      Would Cham Sut Gol be OK for someone like myself who has NO knowledge of how to order Korean food? I usually go with Korean-American friends who order for us.

      Also, am I dreaming to think that any Korean BBQ place would be quiet enough to talk?

      Should I consider a non-BBQ place, and if so which one and what dishes?

      \I've gotten the Brit all excited about trying Korean food for the first time, and I have to say I can't stop salivating myself, just reading about Korean food.

      Thanks Glutton! I think I'm going to take the addresses to all these restaurants and we'll decide once we get to K-town, but all additional recommendations would be greatly appreciated!

      1. re: ValleyGal

        If you will do non BBQ Korean food and are looking for a quiet place to dine and meet then Yong Su San might be a good idea. Private rooms, even for a small party and a set menu, (eliminating the need to pick individual dishes in an unfamiliar language) featuring very unusual Korean dishes from the northern area. On Vermont not too far north of Olympic on the east side of the street.

        1. re: Servorg

          If we go to Yong Su San what should we order?

          Again, it's my friend's first time with Korean, and despite that I've eaten Korean many times, I either dine with Korean-American friends or stick to what I know, so am pretty much a novice.

          I love panchan -- is it good there?

          About Soot Bull Jeep, does anyone know what its health rating is now, and also if it is taking reservations?

          Sorry to harp about Soot Bull Jeep, but I'm still wildly craving the spicy bean curd...I started going there back in 1992 and have turned many people on to it, and I LOVE it to this day, but I do fear it will be too noisy for this meeting.

          1. re: ValleyGal

            You get to choose between set menu's starting at around $20 pp and going on up to around $40 pp, (IIRC?). So you get to look at the menu in terms of the dishes offered and see which one appeals to you most. Maybe someone who has been there more recently than we were, (a couple of years ago now) can chime in on the current menu choices if they can.

    2. I don't know if Chosun Galbee serves lunch on Sundays but if you sit outside it should be quiet enough to conduct business. They will try to rush you a bit but you can safely ignore them.

      1. I know it's probably a bit too late to recommend this, but you could try Kang Nam on Olympic/Crenshaw. You can book a private room there. If you can't get a room, some of the booths there are "quieter". The food there for Korean is the best in Los Angeles IMO.