We made a reservation at 6pm and found only two other tables eating at the time of our arrival on a Sunday evening. Originally, we were reserved a table in the larger area where you are seated on the ground. The tables are longer there and can fit more people. However, my grandparents were also coming and they are unable to sit on the floor. So we had to all squish at a small table with chairs. This resulted in my sitting right in front of the stove. It can get pretty warm and beware of the splashing oil. I had to put my cardigan back on to avoid getting tiny burns all over my arms... This is probably a benefit of having a longer table. I want to sit on the floor next time, more traditional and adds to the experience!
The menu is small, very small. There are only two choices of meet on the menu, and I believe they now have bulgogi as well for about $25 per serving. I've read that their servings are very plentiful and can fill much more than just one belly. It comes with unlimited side dishes and accompaniments to wrap the grilled meat, one small stone pot of soup, and kimchi fried rice at the very end. It's the full package with the price printed on the menu. The waiter said for our table of seven, a minimum order of six servings is needed. So we went with 4 galbi and 2 samkyeopsal. I think we enjoyed the beef more than the pork, as the pork gets pretty oily... Next time I would order one less pork.
|Seok Gi Si Dae Menu|
|Bean Sauce & Sesame Oil|
|Left: All 6 portions of meat|
Right: Grilling the meat
The waiter showed us another combination to eat the pork belly, by pairing it with a slice of grilled kimchi.
It was my family's first time having authentic Korean bbq, so we were totally newbies. Thankfully, the waiter is very very kind and thoughtful. His service is the epitome of restaurant service. It's as if someone welcomed me into their home to have a hearty meal. Not only serving us but also interacting with us. Poor guy has to watch all the tables in the restaurant and part of that job is to help cook, flip, and cut everyone's meat. When the first set of meat was finished cooking, he demonstrated how to wrap a piece of meat with a small piece of lettuce and fill it with a bit of other veggies and a small dot of sauce. He made one wrap for each of my grandparents, as it's Korean culture to serve the seniors. Very courteous! He is also very good at bringing more side dishes and ingredients throughout your stay. We never had to ask once for more!
As if the meat itself was not enough, each serving comes with a bubbling hot pot of soup. The beef comes with a egg soup and the pork comes with a spicy tofu and potato soup. Below is a gif of the egg soup.
|Bubbling hot Egg Soup|
|Kimchi Fried Rice|
|Free Biofeel to end the meal|
Love from Coconut Crumpet's Corner ♡