Korean BBQ for Birthday Dinner
I would like some advice on choosing a Korean BBQ place for my birthday dinner. I think K-BBQ is a great idea for a fun/festive dinner with friends (plus it's one of my favorite cuisines).
I am aiming for a place that could accommodate a party of about 12 with relative ease. We are going out to a bar in Hollywood after dinner, so any location in/around Koreatown would be ideal.
Great meat and banchan are a must!
Thanks in advance.
concur with PARKS. they have a nice upstairs room for a party. can get pricey if you're eating the higher grades of beef.
another good old school choice is DONG IL JONG, sort of the Lawry's of KOREAN BBQ. reserve a party table in the "tatami" room if you want to sit on the floor (very fun and festive). order the chop chae, tongue, bulgolgi, and roasted gui with the kimchi rice follow-up. took my family there for a party of 15, ordered way too much food and escaped for about $400 including soju and beer.
For "great meat and banchan" you might want to consider O Dae San, which used to be a the upscale sushi restaurant. It might seem absurd; from sushi to Korean bbq.
It was a pleasant surprise for me though.
If you're going out to a Hollywood bar afterwards you may want to choose a place that brings the food out already prepared. In as much as I love the grill yourself at the table experience, I always end up smelling like grilled meat. There's almost no way around it if you're cooking at the table. Just something to think about.