March 13, 2011

Road to Seoul

Unsurprisingly, Los Angeles has one of the best Koreatowns in the nation. Not only is it sizeable, but it actually reminds native Koreans of Seoul. (winning). On every block, there is a cafe, a bar with karaoke (or vice versa), or a Korean BBQ restaurant. Many of these KBBQ places are all-you-can-eat (AYCE). I can't say I've been to all of the AYCE places, but I can assure you that I've been to most of them.

Although my fave a la carte KBBQ place is still Soowon, I think Road to Seoul may be my new go-to for AYCE KBBQ. Here's why...

1. RtS has a great array of well-prepared banchan (Korean side dishes). I was thoroughly impressed with the taste of each side dish. Nothing was overly sweet or salty, and they were all readily replenished throughout our meal.

Pickled cucumber & seaweed salad with julienne carrots and onions

Sukjunamul - Bean sprout side dish

Moo saeng chae - thinly sliced pickled radish

Bin dae dduk - Korean scallion pancake

2. RtS' selection of meats is extensive and of the ones we tried, everything was so well-marinated and tender! Notwithstanding the chiming bells and hustle-bustle, I almost forgot I was eating at a AYCE place!

Cha dol bae gi - thinly sliced beef brisket

BBQ Chicken

Mok sal - pork neck bone meat

Cha dol wrapped dduk pieces!


Not pictured: gui (sirloin), bulgogi, kalbi.

After 10 orders of meat (which pretty much amounts to a small cow), 2 rounds of side dishes, and having some difficulty with breathing, three ladies finally called it a night.  Road to Seoul, I shall return again... just not anything soon for the sake of my heart's well being.

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cuisine:  Carnivoric
location: Koreatown
hours: M-Sun: 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
website: { yelp }
attire: Casual
parking: valet ($1) or street
notes:  $17.99 for standard AYCE adult price; $19.99 for shrimp and other meat selections.
Arrive early to avoid long lines. Also, don't wear your favorite cashmere sweater -- the charcoal fire makes the smoke extra smoky (and the grilled meat extra delicious).