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User Reviews (9 Reviews)
- Soowon GalbiMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 4Feb 12, 2014
Now I'm not going to say the meat was bad, but the service? -1 star for me.
If you read the other reviews, you'll notice yes, this place has good meat and at a pretty good price.
However, when the waiters are cooking your meat so quickly that you have to try to finish it before it to overcooks, well...that makes for not very good experience. Great quality meat is wasted when its overcooked!
We got the A combo for 5 people, which if you read, is a good amount of food. However, we were done eating in under an hour because of how fast they were cooking the meat. It's like they were trying to get us out of there! (We started at 8).
Either way, there are so many good kbbq joints in Ktown now that for Soowon, I'll pass.
- Soowon GalbiMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 2Nov 06, 2013
This is the place I had the best Wang Galbi. You know they mean business when their name their Wang Galbi after their restaurant. The restaurant is located in an unassuming strip mall in k-town. Don't let that fool you into thinking Soowon is a hole in the wall place. The service is beyond excellent and decor is modern and neat. You don't have to worry about parking at all. The valet will take good care of it. They use real wood charcoals here! If you had those before you would appreciate the flavors these goodies add to the meat. Gas or electric grills are no comparison. Their banchan here are one of the best I have had. Love the variety and quality. The kimchi is great and so is the white seaweed and anchovies. The Wang Galbi is of very high quality. The meat is perfectly fatty, tender with not even with the slightest hint of stringiness. The seasoning was sinfully tasty. The Hang Jung Sal (Pork Neck) was every bit just as amazing. Pork neck meat is almost as fatty as pork belly but with a dramatic crunchy texture. Give it a try if you feel for something different. Our server was knowledgeable and attentive. We didn't have to lift a finger and everything was prepared to perfection in front of us. He suggested having some sour kimchi to pair with the Hang Jung Sal and he was right on. Soowon is the best Korean BBQ restaurant I have been to. There is no place quite like it in the Bay Area unfortunately. How I wish I could have this every week. One could only dream. If you are ever in LA area, hit this place up! You won't regret it.
- Soowon GalbiJun 08, 2013
Doctor: You have a serious illness....
Me: What is it doc?
Doctor: You have meatavirus
Me: What does that mean?
Doctor: You can eat meat anymore...
Me: (Gets down on knees and raises arms to the heaven) NOOOOOO!!!!!
(Wakes up from the nightmare)
While living in Ktown I've had my fair share of AYCE bbq. So before leaving K-town, I've decided to hit up the most popular bbq in K-town with a buddy even though it's not AYCE. Once you walk inside, you will notice that this place is pretty clean and there's an absence of smoke and air of bbq. Lets start with the banchan side dishes (what would a korean restaurant be without the banchan). I remember 12 dishes, each one was fresh, and tasted great (I especially liked the bean sprout).
We ordered the combo for 2 people which included brisket, pork belly, and chicken and a bottle of either hite or soju for $40. The waiters here were nice enough to cook most of our food for us. Arguably the best quality of bbq I've had in ktown and it filled my buddy and I up perfectly without giving us a food coma. Furthermore, they have a parking, I'm not sure if it's free though.
Overall, I'm kind of over the AYCE scene, so if you're like me, give Soowon a try, you won't regret it.
- Soowon GalbiMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 11Sep 24, 2012
Soowon Galbi KBBQ is the current "hot" KBBQ place in Los Angeles' K-Town. There are a lot to choose from, but this is the current Chi-Chi place people are flocking toward.
And for good reason, as the decor is new and modern, they cook at your table with real wood charcoals, and they have a huge amount of meat selections, both raw and unflavered, and marinated. There is always a line now, especially on the weekends.
2 friends and I came here on a recent Saturday night, about 6:30. We waited about 15 - 20 minutes for a table. There is valet parking in a small lot, but we found the one stall that wasn't part of the valet system, so we saved a couple of bucks, with a nod from the Valet. Otherwise, parking can be a bit of an issue. Even on the street is a bit of a challenge on a busy Saturday.
We ordered Pork Bellies (came out like 3 huge slabs of bacon, enough for Shaquille O'Neil to be satisfied) which were perhaps 70% fat. Too fatty for me, personally, and my freinds, who work out daily, didn;t really go for it. Also Galbi (aka Kalbi) which instead of the strips with small bones in it, this was a large bone with a rolled hunk of meat dangling from it. Also we had the Rib Eye, as I recall, unseasoned. These slabs of meat are large, and they throw them on the grill and scissor cut them after they start cooking.
The banchan was great, tasty and a good selection. However, they served small korean won-ton type squares, which were hard to separate from each other, and we stuffed these with a piece of meat, sort of like a Korean Potsticker. I have wrapped the meat in lettuce at some KBBQ places, but never this way. It was good, but technically challenging even for the best chopstick experts!
It gets pretty smoky in here, so I wouldn't recommend it on the first date, as she will probably not appreciate the BBQ perfume afterwards in her hair and clothes! The service was spotty, as they were super busy, and forgeting us, and it took several tries to get more wonton wrappers, water, etc. The sweet Mama-san doesn't speak much English, so we had to try and flag down the next generation for help. We ordered rice at the beginning, for example, and got it at the very end of our meal.
They don;t have assigned tables per server, they simply roam up and down the aisles and help cook and serve wherever it is needed, so you may have 2 or 3 people helping you, which theoretically sounds good, but it lacked continuity and accountability, ergo, our less than stellar service.
The bill was $72.50, and that is with just water to drink, no booze, sodas, desserts, or sides beyond the banchans. So a bit pricey, but if you love meat and smoke, this is the spark after dark!
- Soowon GalbiAug 13, 2012
Getting hungry for some good quality korean bbq. Hmmm where should I go eat? Koreatown sounds great. I have eaten here before and it was a pleasant meal: And, It getting close to dinner time, Lets call them.
Hello ( everything in korean)
Are you guys open? Yes.
Are you guys busy? No.
If I get there in 30 mins will I need to wait? No.
Can I make a reservation just in case? No need to. There is tons of seats open.
Arrive and Park in valet. Walk into restaurant.
Talk to the hostess. We ask for table. She says will need to wait 30 mins.
(Translation for you yelpers 30 min wait does NOT mean 30 mins wait).
I tell her that I called.
Hmmm nothing but a rude stare back.
I informed her that I tried to make a reservation.
She points to her wall and says that all reservations have been taken.
She then points out that everyone just came into the place and were all seating at the same time.
All at the same time??
The whole place???
And it will only take 30 mins for someone who just sat down to
order the meat, grill the meat, eat the meat, and pay promptly.
Me thinks not. I inform hostess of my opinion of her, the person who lied to me on phone, and of the place.
I ended eating at Moodaepo just down the street.
- Soowon Galbi
- Soowon GalbiMember ofFamily TravelersFoodiesWellness+ 5Jul 03, 2012
To me, this is the best Korean BBQ restaurant in LA right now. The meat is excellent, as well as the service and restaurant ambience. It's in a ghetto plaza, but the restaurant interior is much cleaner. If you love Korean BBQ, the best is in LA, and of all the options, Soowon is a must-go. The marinated and unmarinated kalbi are the best meats to order.