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Oh Korean BBQ, how I love thee

August 31, 2009

I know, I know, I’ve posted about Soot Bul Gui Rim 2 before.  But it’s my favorite AYCE Korean BBQ place in Koreatown.  For $16.99 you can choose from all sorts of meat and it’s all you can eat!!  Kalbi and tongue are probably my two faves.  We gathered here, all 11 of us, and cooked and ate and cooked more to our heart’s content.  I love the rice paper and miso paste with all the sides!!


233 S. Vermont Ave.  Los Angeles, CA 90020

AYCE Korean BBQ!

March 17, 2008

My parents came to visit for a few days, which meant eating, eating and more eating. The main reasons why they came to LA were 1. to eat some good Korean food, 2. go to the Japanese supermarket Marukai and 3. to visit their only daughter. In that order.

No offense taken though, I now have a new favorite All-You-Can-Eat (AYCE) Korean BBQ place in Koreatown! I used to frequent Tahoe Galbi and have taken many friends there but this place is even better.

Introducing Soot Bul Gui Rim 2.

For $16.99 you can choose any kind of meat listed on the wall, AYCE salad, lots of panchan (sides), a bowl of rice and rice paper. We ordered tongue, marinated kalbi and got this steak rib eye that you get for free, one per order to start. Other choices we could’ve ordered included intestine, tripe, pork belly, marinated chicken and bulgogi.


Sometimes the panchan are my favorite part of a Korean meal! I especially love cucumber kim-chee, Korean bean sprouts, and roasting garlic on the grill.


The tongue was so—-o good dipped in the sauce they bring!


After we cooked the steak rib eye, the server came and cut it up for us to eat.

Each additional plate that we ordered came out in half servings, which I think it quite smart. It also helped us because we ordered our second plate of kalbi but ended up with pork belly. We decided to just eat it… tasty but quite fatty. Luckily, we had the scissors and were able to cut off the huge chunks of fat. The marinated chicken was good (much better than Tahoe Galbi’s) and we ordered another plate of kalbi in the end.

Although they have gas grills at SBGR2, they also throw some charcoal in there for some added flavor. I think it definitely makes a difference in the taste of your meat and also the smell of your clothes! There was a button to push for service but the response time was really long and parking was a bit inconvenient… despite the smoke, bad service and parking, I would definitely go again for the food! Next time, I shall request a seat by the “open window” to get more fresh air as we cook, order a lot right when we sit down and go earlier so I can park the car on my own instead of paying the valet guy to park it 100 feet away.

233 S. Vermont Ave. Los Angeles, CA

I love me some good Korean BBQ.

February 12, 2008

We attempted to go to Father’s Office in Santa Monica for some good burgers and sweet potato fries the other night.  Bouncer: “I don’t know if this makes a difference to you but we ran out of burgers.”  WHAAAT?!?!  I didn’t even know that was possible.  We left immediately.

Since we already had our heart set on cow, we decided we might as well drive over to Koreatown to my favorite Korean BBQ place, Soot Bull Jeep.  It definitely hit the spot.  We ordered a plate of kalbi and a plate of gyu-tan (tongue for you non-Japanese speakers) and it was perfect!  I love all the pickled side dishes at Korean restaurants… kimchee and garlic everything and I’m in heaven. 



The only downfall to Korean BBQ is that you end up smelling like your food when you leave.  Soot Bull Jeep has charcoal grills so in lieu of smelling like kimchee and meat when you leave, you smell like kimchee, meat AND smoke for the rest of the night until you shower.  Everytime I’ve gone to Soot Bull Jeep, it’s been super crowded.  Parking is hard to find at dinnertime, sometimes the wait is long and there is somewhat of a language barrier between us non-Korean speakers and the waitresses… but I keep going back because the quality of the meat is good and I’ve never left disappointed.  I think whatever downfalls there might be are outweighed by the happy stomach in the end! 

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