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May 27, 2010 09:42 PM

K-town recommendation for multicultural group?

I'm trying to find a spot to eat in K-town for this Saturday. We'll have a group of 8. The spots I normally go to I think are either too small or the menu is slightly small. Our relative from Brazil is in town and she wanted Korean. I'm trying to find a menu that will be sort of big that can accommodate everyone. She's Japanese-Brazilian, her boyfriend is Euro-Brazilian, the rest of us are Japanese or J-Brazilian.

Off the top of my head, I thought that BBQ would be a safe choice, but if there are any other suggestions, that would be appreciated.


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  1. Greetings, gachimal!

    My immediate suggestion for your group:

    Park’s Barbeque
    955 S. Vermont Ave.
    Los Angeles, CA 90005
    (213) 380-1717

    Widely recognized as LA’s premiere Korean BBQ restaurant due principally to the quality of its meats, including Kobe (Wagyu) beef and “Tokyo X” style pork selections. I know of no other KBBQ restaurant that offers comparable meat quality. Two Japanese Korean-style establishments, Anjin and Tsuruhashi – both in Orange County come to mind. However, for genuine Korean BBQ in LA, Park’s wins hands-down over any other, including IMHO, the venerable Soot Bull Jip. The raw Dungeness crab and the spicy black cod are excellent complements to the exemplary meat selections. Great panchan too. Excellent service. The staff virtually insists upon cooking your selections for you to ensure their proper preparation.

    1. I've been away from K-Town for awhile but YongSusan has always been my go-to restaurant for groups. They have lots of private rooms and set menus for people who want to try many different types of Korean food.

      YongSuSan Restaurant
      950 S Vermont Ave
      Los Angeles, CA 90006
      (213) 388-3042

      YongSuSan Restaurant
      950 S Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90006

      1. I live in the area and I think that Road to Seoul or Manna BBQ would be a great intro to Korean BBQ and easier on the wallet than Parks. Very delicious! If you want authentic charcoal Korean BBQ, go to Soot Bull Jeep on 8th street.

        If you want some amazing Korean wings I suggest going to Kyochon--super relaxed, fast-food kind of atmosphere but amazing wings and crispy rice strips and is sort of an experience.

        Mr Pizza Factory is really fun and has interesting and obscure pizza combinations + other "Italian" stuff...kinda like a Korean CPK hehe...if you go, get the Grand Prix! Its on St Andrews and Wilshire.

        Soot Bull Jeep
        3136 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90005

        Mr Pizza Factory
        3881 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010

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

        1. Park's is one of the best korean BBQ restaurants out there but Soowon Galbi is up there too. As for all-you-can-eat korean bbq, I would steer away from Manna as there are much better ones out there. Moo Dae Po 2 is pretty fun - GREAT for large groups and they start playing loud music and club lights after 9. Probably one of the best quality meats for AYCE.
          Be prepared to wait for a table however.

          Happy eatings!

          Soowon Galbi
          856 South Vermont Avenue
          Los Angeles, CA 90005-1568
          (213) 365-9292

          Moo Dae Po 2
          3014 W 7th St
          Los Angeles, CA 90005
          (213) 381-9990