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Which AYCE Korean BBQ in the Irvine/Tustin area do you prefer?

All That BBQ
11 (28.2%)
Gen Korean BBQ
4 (10.3%)
I Can BBQ
6 (15.4%)
Korea House
1 (2.6%)
Seoul Garden
1 (2.6%)
Shik Do Rak
11 (28.2%)
Other
5 (12.8%)

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Re: Korean BBQ Poll
« Reply #30 on: November 16, 2018, 07:10:51 AM »
Sorry... I think there was some confusion but I won't be there (witsec is about protecting my anonymity :) ).

Plus I usually do KBBQ at lunchtime because it's too heavy for dinner (and usually after a lunch KKBQ, I don't have to eat until the next day).
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Re: Korean BBQ Poll
« Reply #31 on: November 18, 2018, 01:37:56 PM »
Gonna have to take a last minute rain check bc one of my good friends has her birthday party this afternoon so I’ll head out there after my open house.  I’ll create a thread for a lunch outing at I Can BBQ for a weekend in Dec.
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Re: Korean BBQ Poll
« Reply #32 on: November 19, 2018, 10:01:17 AM »
1. I do prefer being anonymous for the most part.
2. With rare exception, going to KBBQ without the family is considered cheating on the family.

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Re: Korean BBQ Poll
« Reply #33 on: November 19, 2018, 10:24:52 AM »
I go to KBBQ without the family all the time. In the last couple years I've been with my SO once to try the one off Culver/5 freeway, we both thought it was just ok...we weren't sure why it was so hyped up. 

2. With rare exception, going to KBBQ without the family is considered cheating on the family.

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Re: Korean BBQ Poll
« Reply #34 on: November 19, 2018, 10:51:23 AM »
I go to KBBQ without the family all the time. In the last couple years I've been with my SO once to try the one off Culver/5 freeway, we both thought it was just ok...we weren't sure why it was so hyped up. 

2. With rare exception, going to KBBQ without the family is considered cheating on the family.


Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong is okay..way overpriced.  They charge for a ton of stuff (like dried seaweed). 

Meat quality is good but again..way overpriced.

I think it is popular with the drinking crowd and people who really like service at a Korean BBQ.

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Re: Korean BBQ Poll
« Reply #35 on: November 20, 2018, 08:28:08 AM »
The pricing was one of the factors that made it OK, the other was they were overcooking the meat, I had to take it off myself...think I had previously posted that I'd rather go to Mastros over this spot since I could pay a little more and get something I'd enjoy a lot more too.  If we drank more at KBBQ it'd probably be comparable to Mastros pricing. 

I go to KBBQ without the family all the time. In the last couple years I've been with my SO once to try the one off Culver/5 freeway, we both thought it was just ok...we weren't sure why it was so hyped up. 

2. With rare exception, going to KBBQ without the family is considered cheating on the family.


Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong is okay..way overpriced.  They charge for a ton of stuff (like dried seaweed). 

Meat quality is good but again..way overpriced.

I think it is popular with the drinking crowd and people who really like service at a Korean BBQ.

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Re: Korean BBQ Poll
« Reply #36 on: January 10, 2019, 07:39:16 AM »
Has anyone tried Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ?

They have an AYCE option but it starts at $35 and goes all the way up to $55 (+$2 Fri-Sun).

We just did the brunch option where each person can select 2 different meats and then alacarted some other choices.

It's okay... for the money, KBBQ is a much better value.
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Re: Korean BBQ Poll
« Reply #37 on: January 10, 2019, 11:07:46 AM »
Has anyone tried Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ?

They have an AYCE option but it starts at $35 and goes all the way up to $55 (+$2 Fri-Sun).

We just did the brunch option where each person can select 2 different meats and then alacarted some other choices.

It's okay... for the money, KBBQ is a much better value.

I tried a few times and it was ok. My wife prefers it over KBBQ because it's japanese style bbq and she likes the garlic noodles and the other small dishes more than Korean banchans. It's also a lot less smoke and you wont go home with smelly clothes.

Gyu-Kaku offers mostly marinated meat (with heavy sauce)
I like my beef unmarinated. Best way to eat beef is just with some salt, which is why I still prefer KBBQ.


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Re: Korean BBQ Poll
« Reply #38 on: January 10, 2019, 11:32:50 AM »
Our favorite remains Cham Sool Gol...they have two location: The OG one in Garden Grove and another one in Buena Park.  The GG one has a limited selection but good and relatively cheap.  We generally go to the Buena Park as there is more selection.  Both have Thrifty ice cream for dessert.

Honestly though, I am getting too old for AYCE Korean BBQ.  Prefer shabu shabu now.

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Re: Korean BBQ Poll
« Reply #39 on: January 11, 2019, 10:37:21 AM »
I've noticed a general decline in quality at Gen BBQ in Cerritos.  When I visited recently they couldn't even cut meat or cook rice properly.  Maybe the experienced cook was off that day and they had some part timer in the kitchen.

For KBBQ I recommend Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong and Eight Korean BBQ in Buena Park.  Note that both places have tight parking, though for Eight BBQ you could park at the Church parking lot for dinner:

https://www.yelp.com/biz/kang-ho-dong-baekjeong-buena-park-4
http://www.kijung.com/

https://www.yelp.com/biz/eight-korean-bbq-buena-park
https://eightkoreanbbq.com/buena-park

Eight Korean BBQ specialize in pork and is a chain with many locations.  For Japanese BBQ I liked Manpuku in Costa Mesa, though the manager and staff that I knew have all left or rotated to other locations.  Tsuruhashi in Fountain Valley is also decent, you can visit "Prehistoric Pets" down the street with your kids and feed the catfish:

https://www.yelp.com/biz/manpuku-tokyo-bbq-dining-costa-mesa-4
http://www.manpukuus.com/

https://www.yelp.com/biz/tsuruhashi-fountain-valley
https://tsuruhashirestaurant.com/

http://prehistoricpets.com/t/aboutus   <-- pet shop, not BBQ


Also in Fountain Valley, Sushi Koto does Sunday Brunch buffet.  Reservation highly recommended.  More items are avail (made to order) if you ask the waitress:

https://www.yelp.com/biz/sushi-koto-fountain-valley
http://www.kotooc.com/sunday-brunch.html


And if you're willing to make the drive, Maison Akira in Pasadena for Sunday Brunch:

https://www.yelp.com/biz/maison-akira-pasadena
http://www.maisonakira.net/brunch/
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Re: Korean BBQ Poll
« Reply #40 on: January 11, 2019, 12:22:53 PM »
@momopi:

You keep recommending places that don't have AYCE. :)
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Re: Korean BBQ Poll
« Reply #41 on: January 11, 2019, 01:17:04 PM »
Just went to BWON Shabu & BBQ  in Fullerton last weekend. You get both Shabu and KBBQ AYCE. Meat quality was excellent and priced decently.

https://www.yelp.com/biz/bwon-shabu-and-bbq-fullerton-3

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Re: Korean BBQ Poll
« Reply #42 on: January 11, 2019, 01:40:40 PM »
@momopi:

You keep recommending places that don't have AYCE. :)


The AYCE places are already listed in the user voting section on top.

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Re: Korean BBQ Poll
« Reply #43 on: January 11, 2019, 02:31:00 PM »
Just went to BWON Shabu & BBQ  in Fullerton last weekend. You get both Shabu and KBBQ AYCE. Meat quality was excellent and priced decently.

https://www.yelp.com/biz/bwon-shabu-and-bbq-fullerton-3

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Re: Korean BBQ Poll
« Reply #44 on: January 11, 2019, 02:51:54 PM »
Just went to BWON Shabu & BBQ  in Fullerton last weekend. You get both Shabu and KBBQ AYCE. Meat quality was excellent and priced decently.

https://www.yelp.com/biz/bwon-shabu-and-bbq-fullerton-3

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Personally...I didn't care for it and service was terrible.  Normally I don't care about service but it was really bad. 

The Korean food was okay and they gave you way too much per order so unless you are there with a lot of people, you can't really order a variety.   The meat was also shredded super thin so it was hard to grill.  Broth was meh.

Oh and they make the ultimate sin of using round grate grills instead of the thick metal plate grills. 

4 stars on Yelp but read the actual reviews...not so hot.

https://www.yelp.com/biz/bwon-shabu-and-bbq-fullerton-3

Even OC Weekly was tepid in its review...they are usually over the top on their reviews.

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And as with all all-you-can-eat Korean barbecues and shabu-shabus, the evening became a contest to recoup the cost of admission. But as time wore on, I found that juggling the two burners was taking away from the experience, especially when I realized my dining partner decided she was full halfway through.

The situation was exacerbated by the fact that, unlike other Korean barbecues, the servers were not obligated to help me manage the grill. Once they dropped off the meats in premeasured boxes, they were done. As a consequence, half of what I roasted turned to cinder, and most of the veggies in my shabu pot turned to mush.

But because the restaurant institutes punitive charges for any food left uncooked or unconsumed, I persevered and ate it all. I left BWON painfully bloated, sweaty from the steam of the shabu pot and reeking of the greasy smoke of the grill. In other words, mission accomplished!

https://ocweekly.com/fullertons-bwon-shabu-bbq-does-both-diy-genres-simultaneously/

 

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