Arirang Korean BBQ Restaurant

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I've been to this restaurant a number of times in the past (and it was an a o k experience), but when I went back a few weeks back, it was under new & better management. Their food tasted absolutely delicious as well as their side dishes,

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I've been to this restaurant a number of times in the past (and it was an a o k experience), but when I went back a few weeks back, it was under new & better management. Their food tasted absolutely delicious as well as their side dishes,

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I am from South Korea and recently moved here to the US along with my family to have a better life and then I ate at this place they call Arirang. I felt so embarrased for the first time in my life for being of Korean decent. I honestly

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I am from South Korea and recently moved here to the US along with my family to have a better life and then I ate at this place they call Arirang. I felt so embarrased for the first time in my life for being of Korean decent. I honestly

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don't come here unless you are ready to fight with the waitress chasing
you out the door because you complained about the service... i would give Zero stars but the site wont allow it..

I used to be a waitress myself and i know that tips

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★★★★★

don't come here unless you are ready to fight with the waitress chasing
you out the door because you complained about the service... i would give Zero stars but the site wont allow it..

I used to be a waitress myself and i know that tips

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Have you ever been to a restaurant that chased after you to the parking lot just for more tip? This is the one, it's just plain stupid and unprofessional in a service industry. They wont be satisfied with just 10% tip, they told me I have

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Have you ever been to a restaurant that chased after you to the parking lot just for more tip? This is the one, it's just plain stupid and unprofessional in a service industry. They wont be satisfied with just 10% tip, they told me I have

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Where is Marvin Zindler when you need him?!?! OMG!! I f**cking hate Koreans!! They are so rude that it's UNBELEIVABLE!! I went there with my husband and sister-in-law and the minute we came in, it was bad service from beginning til the end. 1st, we orderr water and coke and the waitress brought out water and ice tea. We told her, nicely, that we ordered coke instead of tea. she actually got pissed, didn't even apologized. Dam Kim Chi!!! Throughout our eating experience, the waitress didn't come around much so we had to flag down another waiter, which was nicer. When it was time to pay, I decided to tip her $5.00 and she came back and told us that we tipped too little. My sister-in-law said to her that the tips should be up to the customer of how service was surrendered and that her service was not too good of a service. I began to take the receipt back and erased the entire tip but my husband wouldn't let me. Guess what the waitress had the nerve to say??? "Next time you come, we give you bad service!" (in her broken english accent). Do you believe that?!! What a f**king b**ch!!!! We told her, "don't worry, we won't ever come back!" If you DON'T CARE about services, then this is the place to go. But remember, when it's time to pay, make sure you start your engine first, pay and then run!!!! This was a very upsetting experience!!!!

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★☆☆☆☆

Where is Marvin Zindler when you need him?!?! OMG!! I f**cking hate Koreans!! They are so rude that it's UNBELEIVABLE!! I went there with my husband and sister-in-law and the minute we came in, it was bad service from beginning til the end. 1st, we orderr water and coke and the waitress brought out water and ice tea. We told her, nicely, that we ordered coke instead of tea. she actually got pissed, didn't even apologized. Dam Kim Chi!!! Throughout our eating experience, the waitress didn't come around much so we had to flag down another waiter, which was nicer. When it was time to pay, I decided to tip her $5.00 and she came back and told us that we tipped too little. My sister-in-law said to her that the tips should be up to the customer of how service was surrendered and that her service was not too good of a service. I began to take the receipt back and erased the entire tip but my husband wouldn't let me. Guess what the waitress had the nerve to say??? "Next time you come, we give you bad service!" (in her broken english accent). Do you believe that?!! What a f**king b**ch!!!! We told her, "don't worry, we won't ever come back!" If you DON'T CARE about services, then this is the place to go. But remember, when it's time to pay, make sure you start your engine first, pay and then run!!!! This was a very upsetting experience!!!!

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Arirang is a very nicely appointed Korean restaurant on Bellaire Blvd. When you walk in, you get the feeling that it is more upscale than its competitors, with high ceilings and a partitioned area of shiny wooden booths where you can barbecue the marinated meat yourself. For those who don??t want to barbeque, they have regular tables as well, and in the back, there are private rooms to accommodate larger groups. I prefer to let the kitchen do all the work and order the bbq meat ready-made. I always order the same thing: Kalbi (short ribs) and spicy bbq pork. The Kalbi is always a home run, as is the spicy pork which is tasty without being overly spicy, even if it looks daunting covered in red chili. The seafood pancake is as large as a 16? pizza and can feed several, so don??t order it if you are only two because it doesn??t keep. But it comes with a wonderful salty and spicy sauce, and is slightly crispy and chewy at the same time, a good choice of appetizer to start. Arirang??s side dishes are also quite good, my favorite being the slightly spicy tangy salad ?? the dressing is addictive and I almost always ask for seconds (side dishes are refillable). Arirang is definitely one of the ??nicer? looking restaurants in Chinatown and is great for larger groups and guests you might want to introduce to Korean bbq. Downside is that the exhaust system is inadequate, which means you will leave with your clothes and hair smelling like Korean Bbq (but this generally applies at most Korean bbq restos). Also, as noted by others, the service is generally pretty non-existent and they do tend to be a bit chintzy with the side dishes even if they are refillable.

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★★★☆☆

Arirang is a very nicely appointed Korean restaurant on Bellaire Blvd. When you walk in, you get the feeling that it is more upscale than its competitors, with high ceilings and a partitioned area of shiny wooden booths where you can barbecue the marinated meat yourself. For those who don??t want to barbeque, they have regular tables as well, and in the back, there are private rooms to accommodate larger groups. I prefer to let the kitchen do all the work and order the bbq meat ready-made. I always order the same thing: Kalbi (short ribs) and spicy bbq pork. The Kalbi is always a home run, as is the spicy pork which is tasty without being overly spicy, even if it looks daunting covered in red chili. The seafood pancake is as large as a 16? pizza and can feed several, so don??t order it if you are only two because it doesn??t keep. But it comes with a wonderful salty and spicy sauce, and is slightly crispy and chewy at the same time, a good choice of appetizer to start. Arirang??s side dishes are also quite good, my favorite being the slightly spicy tangy salad ?? the dressing is addictive and I almost always ask for seconds (side dishes are refillable). Arirang is definitely one of the ??nicer? looking restaurants in Chinatown and is great for larger groups and guests you might want to introduce to Korean bbq. Downside is that the exhaust system is inadequate, which means you will leave with your clothes and hair smelling like Korean Bbq (but this generally applies at most Korean bbq restos). Also, as noted by others, the service is generally pretty non-existent and they do tend to be a bit chintzy with the side dishes even if they are refillable.

Pros: Good Korean bbq

Cons: Service can be better, you will smell like bbq when you leav

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Service is pitiful, then they have the gall to chase you down in the parking lot to tell you how much you should have tipped. Unbelievable.

Don't go here. Ever.

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★☆☆☆☆

Service is pitiful, then they have the gall to chase you down in the parking lot to tell you how much you should have tipped. Unbelievable.

Don't go here. Ever.

Pros: None

Cons: Waitstaff is Rude

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Me and my family went there for diner. The service is bad. They bring a small side dishes, I have to ask for salad. and I have to look for them If I need anything else, and it took a while for them to bring it out. The worst thing I when I pay and they was fighting with me over the tip, that I should tip this much. I tell them you was lucky that I tip you this much, your don't deserve the tip at all, the services is terrible, and the keep fighting with me over the tip. she said it doesn't matter what base on the total if the bill you should tip this much or more. I was like "WHAT" . I want to talk to the boss or manager, and she said she incharge talk to her. IF you consider goes there, don't expect too much on services and food, but they will expect theTIP from you, be ready to fight.

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★☆☆☆☆

Me and my family went there for diner. The service is bad. They bring a small side dishes, I have to ask for salad. and I have to look for them If I need anything else, and it took a while for them to bring it out. The worst thing I when I pay and they was fighting with me over the tip, that I should tip this much. I tell them you was lucky that I tip you this much, your don't deserve the tip at all, the services is terrible, and the keep fighting with me over the tip. she said it doesn't matter what base on the total if the bill you should tip this much or more. I was like "WHAT" . I want to talk to the boss or manager, and she said she incharge talk to her. IF you consider goes there, don't expect too much on services and food, but they will expect theTIP from you, be ready to fight.

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This has GOT to be the best Korean food outside of the Peninsula, and it strongly competes against the restaurants I've eaten at ON the Peninsula. Certainly not the greatest service, but whole lot better than a vast majority of other restaurants I've visited in the States. How good was my overall experience? I left a 30% tip. The cabbage Kim Chi was crisp and VERY well seasoned, and not let me get into the Nirvana that was the cucumber Kim Chi. I agree with g1nahis: TRY THE BULGOLGI!!!

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★★★☆☆

This has GOT to be the best Korean food outside of the Peninsula, and it strongly competes against the restaurants I've eaten at ON the Peninsula. Certainly not the greatest service, but whole lot better than a vast majority of other restaurants I've visited in the States. How good was my overall experience? I left a 30% tip. The cabbage Kim Chi was crisp and VERY well seasoned, and not let me get into the Nirvana that was the cucumber Kim Chi. I agree with g1nahis: TRY THE BULGOLGI!!!

Pros: delicious and inexpensive, beautiful and relaxing

Cons: too far away from my residence

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Best Korean food in Houston, now that Green Pine Tree closed down. I hear that the cook from Green Pine Tree is actually the cook for Arirang now. I go there for the consistently tasty food, not to be adored and pampered by the waitstaff.. Sure, service may not be 5 stars --- but I've learned not to really expect that in Asian restaurants... I don't know if that's rude or, understanding (I'm Asian myself, btw). I would recommend the bulgogi, pork and spare ribs that you cook right at your table. Sides are great too.

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★★★★★

Best Korean food in Houston, now that Green Pine Tree closed down. I hear that the cook from Green Pine Tree is actually the cook for Arirang now. I go there for the consistently tasty food, not to be adored and pampered by the waitstaff.. Sure, service may not be 5 stars --- but I've learned not to really expect that in Asian restaurants... I don't know if that's rude or, understanding (I'm Asian myself, btw). I would recommend the bulgogi, pork and spare ribs that you cook right at your table. Sides are great too.

Pros: Consistently Tasty, CLEAN and Smiling Waitstaff, Easy Parking

Cons: Overworked waitstaff but the do what they can. You leave smelling like BBQ.

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This is the worst Korean restaurant, or restaurant, I've ever been to. The service is bad. You have to look for the waitress to ask for some thing. They never come to ask you what do you need. Korean food is usually served with side dishes. In this restaurant, I asked the waitress 3 times before she took out the side dishes. Chef is extremely slow. We waited about half an hour for two dishes. It was a weekend night. But it's not crowed at all. They had only about ten customers there at that time. I don't understand why it took the chef so long to get the dishes ready.

Let talk about the food there. The meat for bbq is very thick. It's not the way for Korean bbq. It should be thin slice rather than big chunk. In the mean time, they don't marinate the meat!! The fish smells like uncooked fish and tastes like uncooked fish. Another dish should be hot and spicy. But it seemed like they run of of seasonings and just boiled it before serving us.

If you really want to try some Korean food, just pick any one of restaurants on long point, or buy a cookbook and do it yourself. Either way is much better than to choose this restaurant

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★☆☆☆☆

This is the worst Korean restaurant, or restaurant, I've ever been to. The service is bad. You have to look for the waitress to ask for some thing. They never come to ask you what do you need. Korean food is usually served with side dishes. In this restaurant, I asked the waitress 3 times before she took out the side dishes. Chef is extremely slow. We waited about half an hour for two dishes. It was a weekend night. But it's not crowed at all. They had only about ten customers there at that time. I don't understand why it took the chef so long to get the dishes ready.

Let talk about the food there. The meat for bbq is very thick. It's not the way for Korean bbq. It should be thin slice rather than big chunk. In the mean time, they don't marinate the meat!! The fish smells like uncooked fish and tastes like uncooked fish. Another dish should be hot and spicy. But it seemed like they run of of seasonings and just boiled it before serving us.

If you really want to try some Korean food, just pick any one of restaurants on long point, or buy a cookbook and do it yourself. Either way is much better than to choose this restaurant

Pros: easy to find a parking place

Cons: food, service

 

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