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Korean BBQ for beginners

sarcasmsk Oct 10, 2009 09:44 AM

I went out to Gyenari in Culver City last night and had a great time and enjoyed pretty much everything on the 7 course menu that I picked out (our waiter Soo Hoo I think...helped a lot!!!) I would like to try another place, but feel slightly intimidated by going to a place where almost no english is spoken because I'm not really sure what to order.

Anyone have any thoughts or suggestions? There is a place called Genwa on Wilshire that is real close to where I live and I have a coupon to Jian, so those are my leading contenders.

Please let me know what your recommendations are.


  1. mstinawu Oct 12, 2009 07:34 PM

    I went for bar food--will try the BBQ next time.

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    1. re: mstinawu
      goodeater Oct 24, 2009 12:06 PM

      Went to Soowoon Galbi last night for the first time and loved it! Food was very good, service was fine although they seemed rushed. We ordered beef, chicken, pork and shrimp. Sides were very good especially something white they described as aloe? Never saw it before but it was really good -- shredded white strands that tasted creamy. Next time we will be a little more adventurous and go for the pork belly.

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      GuidoTKP Oct 12, 2009 04:51 PM

      If price is no object, I would recommend Woo Lae Oak in Beverly Hills. Great food and a predominantly gringo clientele makes for a really nice set of training wheels. The food is quite expensive, though, and is not better than a number of more reasonably priced places in K-Town.

      I like to go to Cho Sun Galbee on Olympic, just west of Western. Great food. Mixed clientele, so the staff is used to and happy to deal with english speakers, although their english tends to be pretty minimal. Not cheap, but I never feel ripped off going there. Highly recommended.

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      1. re: GuidoTKP
        Mr Taster Oct 12, 2009 05:32 PM

        If you've been to both Chosun Galbee and Woo Lae Oak, I'm baffled as to how you can recommend WLO when Chosun's food is leagues beyond theirs. But I do agree with the other poster.... Park's kobe is the way to go. Easy easy, clean, friendly, outrageously delicious and quintessentially Korean.

        Mr Taster

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        js76wisco Oct 12, 2009 04:14 PM

        Park's BBQ is the place to go. It's a bit expensive compared to what you'd find at many other Korean BBQ places in Koreatown but well worth the money. They have great ban chan and the waiters speak English, albeit not fluently. When I've brought non-Korean friends to Park's they have really liked everything we ordered.

        Go for the Toyko X pork belly and seasonsed prime short ribs. If you want to try some non BBQ items I would suggest kimchi stew or rice in hot stone pot with kimchi.

        Park's BBQ
        955 S. Vermont Ave, Suite G, Los Angeles, CA 90006

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          butterqueen Oct 12, 2009 11:50 AM

          Soowoon Galbi is my favorite. It's clean, comfortable, easy to order, and the food is absolutely delicious! We strayed last week and tried a neighboring BBQ because of the wait at Soowoon Galbi and we were terribly disappointed.

          1. Das Ubergeek Oct 11, 2009 09:10 PM

            Chosun Galbee in Koreatown.

            1. martiniman Oct 10, 2009 09:06 PM

              I usually go to Kang Nam on Olympic/Crenshaw for my Korean food fix. They have BBQ combos that make it easy to try a variety of meats. All you have to do is look at the menu and say combo "X". Can't get easier than that.

              Kang Nam Restaurant
              4103 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019

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