LA Soowon Galbi

★★★★★
Koreatown restaurant specializes in namesake beef shortrib dish. Also offers tabletop grill for cooking other meats, private party seatings.
  • 856 S Vermont Ave # B # B

    Los Angeles, CA 90005

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  • 213-365-9292

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very good korean bbq. They serve a relatively good variety of ban chan (side dishes) and the service is good as well. Good place for first timers

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very good korean bbq. They serve a relatively good variety of ban chan (side dishes) and the service is good as well. Good place for first timers

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I wasn't sure this was the best place for me to try but my co-workers convinced me to give it a try. I really enjoyed myself and was glad I gave it a try. The chicken dishes and fish dishes are perfection.

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I wasn't sure this was the best place for me to try but my co-workers convinced me to give it a try. I really enjoyed myself and was glad I gave it a try. The chicken dishes and fish dishes are perfection.

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Soowon Galbi is the real thing. The waitstaff doesn't speak English, the menu is spottily translated, and the great majority of the clientele are Korean. A remodel a few years back spruced up the place a bit, but it's still got that brightly-lit linoleum ambiance (or lack thereof). The galbi is obviously the house specialty, although I actually prefer the bulgogi - both are perfectly marinated for you to cook at the table. The panchan are fresh, varied, and plentiful. I ask for some extra garlic to throw on the grill with the meat, wrap everything up in lettuce, and ohmygosh I'm drooling just thinking about it.

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★★★★★

Soowon Galbi is the real thing. The waitstaff doesn't speak English, the menu is spottily translated, and the great majority of the clientele are Korean. A remodel a few years back spruced up the place a bit, but it's still got that brightly-lit linoleum ambiance (or lack thereof). The galbi is obviously the house specialty, although I actually prefer the bulgogi - both are perfectly marinated for you to cook at the table. The panchan are fresh, varied, and plentiful. I ask for some extra garlic to throw on the grill with the meat, wrap everything up in lettuce, and ohmygosh I'm drooling just thinking about it.

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This is the only Korean BBQ place I go to for charcoal grilled Kalbi. Their marinade is perfect and the meat's always tender. You must get 2 or more orders of the Kalbi to be able to grill it at the table. Anything less, they cook it for you in the kitchen, and that takes all the fun out of eating Kalbi. And of course, they give you all kinds of side dishes as most korean restaurants do. Don't plan on going anywhere else after Kalbi outing because you'll smell like smoke/food for a long time after.

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★★★★★

This is the only Korean BBQ place I go to for charcoal grilled Kalbi. Their marinade is perfect and the meat's always tender. You must get 2 or more orders of the Kalbi to be able to grill it at the table. Anything less, they cook it for you in the kitchen, and that takes all the fun out of eating Kalbi. And of course, they give you all kinds of side dishes as most korean restaurants do. Don't plan on going anywhere else after Kalbi outing because you'll smell like smoke/food for a long time after.

 

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