As many of you may know, Asian countries have tons and tons of restaurants. There can be over 20 restaurants competing on a block of street and if they’re good, they’re able to live another day as many goes out of business and new ones pop up to replace it. Therefore, finding any good restaurant that’s still in operation is a hard find, unless you know locals that can help guide you. Also adding fuel to the fire, there’s no Yelp for Asia! Well luckily I found this place and, oh-my, this is BOMB!
Do make reservations on weekends if you have a big group. However if it’s just you and another person, I’d suggest you to just wing it and walk-in. This way you can get the bar and have the staff perfectly cook your food instead of doing it on your own. I think that is the best kept secret of this restaurant! Yes, it’s great to grill your own food, but why risk over cooking your impeccably marbled beef when you can let the well-trained staff do it for you while you and your friend cheers to Japanese beers? Our griller is awesome, he meticulously prepped all of the food perfectly. The meat melted in my mouth and the seafood tastes like sea butter.
The Grill and Plate Setting:
Appetizers: We ordered the Japanese Style Salad and Kimchi Three Bros which consisted of fermented cucumbers, radishes, and cabbages.
The salad is crisp and the ginger dressing is tangy, but not overpowering. I enjoyed the crunch of the fresh cucumbers and lettuce while the dressing brightens the flavors.
The Kimchi Three Bros is one of the best kimchis I’ve ever had – We ordered 2 orders of this! The vegetables are crunchy and have the ideal level of sourness — my favorite is the radish. It’s soft, juicy and bursting with flavors.
Meat: We ordered The Beef Set – Premium Set for One Person (3 cuts of meat). You can see the marbling on the beef. It tastes so good, you don’t even need any sauce with it.
Seafood: We ordered calamari, big tiger prawns, and scallops. Not sure if you can tell, but the prawns and scallops are huge!
Rice: We originally ordered the Raw Beef Bibimbap since it has a star next to it, but they were out and the waitress recommended the vegetable and egg bibimbap. Regardless, this bibimbap is awesome because you actually get the crunchy rice from the stone pot! Now I’ve eaten my fair share of bibimbaps and I’ve never get to experience the crunchy rice from the dolsot stone pot. There’s always a thin rice layer that won’t budge from the bowl and the only way you can get it is to pour soup into which then defeats the purpose the crunchy rice. This is a must get!
Overall, we spent a little over $100 USD, which is quite good at this level of food for two people and we were stuffed. I’ll definitely revisit this place to try other dishes and, ofcourse, get another kimchi and bibimbap.