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May 30, 2009 06:50 AM

Road to Seoul, Korean BBQ review w/ pics

There's a ton of stuff on Korean BBQ on this board, but just to add to the fray...

Four coworkers and I went to try a new Korean Barbecue in Koreatown called Road to Seoul. Korean Barbecue in this part of town is extremely competitive and options abound. Offering both all you can eat and a la carte, we opted to do the AYCE for $16.99, typical of prices around town. The meats we chose were black pork belly, beef sirloin, bulgogi, and boneless kalbi as well as the baby octopus. Other meats on the AYCE menu that we didn't try were the pork neck meat, bbq chicken, and beef tongue.

So did Road to Seoul impress?

* Quality of the meats, is probably the most important factor in judging Korean BBQ and Road to Seoul's quality was very good. The variety of the AYCE menu is good to satisfy most tastes. Bulgogi was sweet and well marinated. Kalbi and sirloin were well marbled and tender. My favorite was the thick slices of unadulterated black pork belly--pure and simple, my friend acclaimed it "pork candy."
* Banchan was plentiful and quick to refill. Notables included are a large bowl of salad, and steamed egg soufle. The kimchijeon (kimchi pancake) was skimpy but hey, can't complain since it's included.
* Service was great. A service button is by every table and someone comes by within seconds when rung. They allowed us to grill our own meats and changed the charcoal grill when it got too smoky.
* Decor was modern and very clean. It was spacious and ventilation was good, but not great. However, I don't think you can ever come out of Korean BBQ without smelling like you washed your cloths in meat and dried it over a bonfire.
* Parking was plentiful on a Wednesday night. They have valet option but a free lot is in the back as well as street options. Weekends may be busy.

Bottom line: Excellent AYCE Korean BBQ with high quality meats and great service. Dinner for 5 with two large bottles of Korean OB beer and tax came to just over $100, or about 24/person with tax and tip. I have a feeling we'll be traveling down the Road to Seoul frequently.

Road to Seoul
1230 S Western Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90006
(323) 731-9292

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Road to Seoul
1230 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90006

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  1. nice write up. can't wait to try this place, i've heard the pork neck meat is great

    1. Hands Down the BEST AYCE KBBQ I have ever been to. Go early 4 of us showed up at 6:30 on a Saturday Night ( last night ) and were seated in about 15 minutes or less. On the way out there was a Mob there. Cannot beleive the quality of the meats. But heck my clothes are still smokey. Corkage was a bit funny ( they could not find the corkscrew, guess they have just one.. but they finally found it..)
      $15 fee: I brought a 2003 Potensac which showed very very well.

      All the meats we tried were very good. Sirloin was a stand out ( go figure ) Baby Octopus tasted as it just came out of the sea. All the others we ate ( a ton )were extremely flavorful and of excellent quality ( still blown away at the quality )

      Check it out. Banchan was good too, I like the steamed egg dish allot.. A must try in my eyes.

      Note: Young Crowd, very very busy place, loud music ( we like it ) so if your not into this it may hinder your enjoyment..

      1. Just went there last night - LOVED it! I haven't been to any other AYCE KBBQ places (usually not my thing) but the meat quality was comparable to normal KBBQ places I've been to NYC. Love the egg souffle, thought the pancake was tasty, the spicy salad goes well w/ the meat. Lots of variety to choose from. Service is quick & efficient.

        The only con I can think of - CRAP music (mix of Kpop & top-40 hits, no offense to Kpop fans) and VERY VERY loud atmosphere, but I guess that adds to the whole experience...

        Foodandwine - we probably got there last night at 7:15 a.m. and we didn't get seated until 9 a.m. You probably JUST missed the crowd!

        If you can deal w/ the noise - highly recommended.

        2 Replies
        1. re: uwsister

          Been to Road to Seoul, twice and was not impressed with the quality of the meat at all. The banchan ranged from bad to average.

          Road to Seoul
          1230 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90006

          1. re: reality check

            Which meats did you get? Just curious. I thought the meat quality was fine, especially for AYCE. They've got a huge variety.

            I tend to concentrate on meat when I'm at KBBQ (with that spicy salad thing - skip the rice too) so I didn't pay much attention to banchan. If lots of different banchan's what you want, yeah, Road to Seoul will definitely disappoint you. I do love their egg souffle though, that's something you don't get everywhere. And kimchi pancake passed the mark for me.

            Road to Seoul
            1230 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90006

        2. Have you tried Oh Dae San? How does it compare if you've been?

          3 Replies
          1. re: buttdrunk

            Having been to both I'd say Road to Seoul has better meats but longer waits and it louder.

            O Dae San is not as good but a little bit cheaper and a much more relaxed atmosphere along with easier parking. Trying to park on Western sucks in comparison and there is valet here.

            1. re: Johnny L

              I have been to Road to Seoul about 4 times over the past year. Valet up front and a lot in the back ( just go to the next street east on Western and make a right.. ) Meats are consistent and I normally go early say before 5:30 or 5:45 and always have a wonderfull time. The head on shrimp is good too..

              1. re: Foodandwine

                Hmm never noticed valet but then again I'm a cheapass and always try parking on the street.

          2. This place has gone to hell since this review. It's like a nightclub with VERY loud trance music. Terrible service - we had to ask four times before someone would give us a drink. The bonchan was mediocre, limited in quantity and not replaced after it quickly disappeared. Most importantly the meat was low quality, poorly marinated and either shredded or cut far to big. Terrible, god awful experience.