Over the past weekend, I went down to LA then hopped over to Las Vegas for a concert with a few friends. While we were down there, a friend who recently relocated to LA brought us out to this delicious (and pricy) Korean BBQ restaurant at the heart of Korean Town. According to some, it is the crème de la crème of Korean BBQ in the City of Angels.
This restaurant is spacious, bright and the ambiance is the polar opposite of other dim, packed, noisy, and smoke-filled Korean BBQ restaurants. High ceiling, spacious waiting area furnished with leather couch, an open bar, and a large outdoor patio fully equipped with tables with grills. It is definitely an up-scale version of normal Korean BBQ restaurants.
Our friend who is Korean said this is as authentic as it gets to the BBQ from Seoul. As that being said, we let him do the ordering. Since beef is what this place is famous for, we ended up ordering just that. We had seng galbee gui; house special short rib cubes without marinade, ross gui; thin slices of choice beef without marinade, served with salt and sesame oil, and seafood pancakes. Melt in your mouth beefs; just exceptional. He must of order 10 people servings because we only finished half and he had to doggie bag the rest!
After dinner, he took us to the Coffee House Heyri couple blocks away. According to him, this place thrived as the night gets darker. The café appears to be converted from a house with seating areas on the 1st floor, private rooms on the 2nd and an interesting outdoor patio. There are heat lamps and they supply you with blankets to keep you warm. The drinks are okay but not the best; however, the ambiance is what makes me recommend this place to you. Overall, it is a good place to relax and catch up with friends. Gees, I kind of miss LA now.....
Chosun Galbee Korean Barbeque Restaurant
3330 W. Olympic Boulevard,
Los Angeles, California 90019
Coffee House Heyri
755 S Hobart Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90005
Tel (213) 389-6138