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Korean BBQ in Greenville SC!!!

JB BANNISTER Feb 25, 2009 03:47 PM

WOW!!!!! It reminded me of when I was in the Army. This place is awesome. It is on Woodruff Rd by Garlington Rd behind a Red Robin gas Station. I will be there one a week from now on. What a great lunch. Be warned it is hot and spicy!

JB Bannister

  1. jbyoga Feb 28, 2009 07:28 PM

    This place is a gem...I need to get back soon! Try the Chap Chae for a great veg option! The generic name for the kim chees is banchan (the little dishes that come with a meal) Very nice people here too. I wish we could get a place like this in Asheville!

    1. danna Feb 26, 2009 10:30 AM

      thanks JB. I keep hearing about this place and just fail to get there. I'm not really familiar w/ Korean bbq, can you tell me what to expect, and what to order?

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      1. re: danna
        Cpt Wafer Feb 27, 2009 06:48 AM

        I'll just chime in with a generic comment having not been the restaurant. I'll also make a couple assumptions of what's on the menu.

        First time I'd go with either the Galbi, beef short ribs cut flanken style and marinated in a soy based marinade that is not particularly hot. Or spicy pork (dweji bulgogi). They'll make the pork as hot or not as you want. Entress are usually served with a variety of side dishes and steamed rice.

        I enjoy Korean food as much as any other and have been eating it more or less weekly for almost 20 years.

        1. re: danna
          JB BANNISTER Feb 27, 2009 10:37 AM

          There ate a lot of soups BUT I just got a regular beef entree and my buddy got a chicken entree. There were 7 sides of differant chim chee and thinks along with this GREAT dried squid in honey and chili. Just keep and open mind. The food can be spicy. Good news is they do have beer. I think this was stuff is great. This is the first time I have eaten Korean since I left the army and it really hit the spot. I will go back once a week from now on.

          1. re: JB BANNISTER
            danna Feb 28, 2009 12:29 PM

            just back - I got the pork bulgogi in Korean sauce, husband got beef bulgogi. It was in a box w/ rice noodles, green salad, steamed rice, and some fried things I'm unfamiliar with. (like empanadas) I liked it OK, but didn't think it was remarkable. Husbands was pretty bland. The people nearby had a huge array of small bowls that appeared to be condiments. I'm not sure what one orders to get that.

            I may try the soup should I go back.

            1. re: danna
              JB BANNISTER Feb 28, 2009 03:31 PM

              The little bowls were chim chee (?spelling) and other goodies. I told them I wanted ALL the condiments they had when I ordered. One small bowl had a spicy dried sweet squid that I could eat gallon. I will always tell the owner or server of an ethic place to bring out EVERYTHING. It lets them know I am open minded and willing to experence thier culture.

              1. re: danna
                Cpt Wafer Mar 2, 2009 08:36 AM

                (Beef) bulgogi is normally rather bland. Often it's served with sliced raw garlic, bean paste, sliced hot peppers and lettuce. The custom is to take a piece of lettuce and wrap some bulgogi with your favorite combination of these condiments. It's not uncommon to eat dweji (pork) bulgogi this way as well. I'm not a fan of (beef) bulgogi and never order it.

                Sounds as though you ordered a lunch item and as such weren't served the banchan (a.k.a. panchan). It's fairly common for side dishes to be scaled back at lunch. Dinner entrees should be served with a full array of banchan.

                What was the ethnic mix of the clientele? I try to eat where Korean diners outnumber the other diners at least 2 to 1.

                1. re: Cpt Wafer
                  danna Mar 2, 2009 09:02 AM

                  only two other tables (foul weather day), both were entirely or partially asian.

                  Frustrating. I tried to explain to the waiter it was my first Korean food experience and I wanted to order whatever was their specialty. Unfortuantely, this rarely works. I imagine the people near me ordered dinner. The waiter specifically instructed us to order the lunch box. I suppose my husband was right: he is never happy when he gets a "box" in any cuisine and calls it tourist food.

                  I'll try it again one of these days.

                  1. re: danna
                    Cpt Wafer Mar 2, 2009 01:50 PM

                    That sounds frustrating indeed. I hate that.

                    1. re: Cpt Wafer
                      JB BANNISTER Mar 3, 2009 12:52 PM

                      As a former Manager I NEVER let my servers take an order like that. You find out that people who want to try EVERYTHING or the Speciality of the House often don't want to pay for it if they don't like it. Even if it is prepared properly.

                      Since it is the server that ordered the food then it is not the patrons fault.

                      And I have never seen a patron want to pay for food they did not like even if they ordered it. (Barring improper preparation) And they should never have to if they did not order it.

                      I am able to walk into several place in Greenville, Charleston, Asheville and Spartanburg and say "Tell the chef to just cook for me." Only because I have established a relationship with them and they know I will pay for MY MISTAKES if something comes out that I don't like.

                      1. re: JB BANNISTER
                        danna Mar 3, 2009 01:03 PM

                        First off, I think you misunderstood my comment. I was asking for a recommendation, not some sort of seat-of-the-pants tasting menu. Surely you're not telling me you didn't let your servers make recommendations?

                        Secondly, the sentence "I have never seen a patron want to pay for food they did not like even if they ordered it" amazing. is that really what you meant to type? I don't like half of what I get in Greenville, it's never occured to me not to pay for it and I've never heard anyone else express those sentiments, nor overheard it in a restaurant setting.

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