Last night Lisette and I set out in search of LA’s best Korean BBQ. Our friend Irene had just been to Chosun Galbee the week before, so we decided to follow her recommendation.
Chosun Galbee is a very attractive, modern restaurant on Olympic at the corner of Koreatown. The interior features lots of marble, bamboo and glass, and they have patio seating and grilling that should be perfect for typical LA nights. With large tables and several private rooms, Chosun Glabee must be a great place to bring a group.
Chosun excels in the most important category for Korean BBQ: the meat. Our galbee was excellent: tender, exceptionally marbled and only lightly marinated. Its flavor and texture were perfect, and I enjoyed eating each slice most when only adding a little garlic and jalapeno.
The chap jae was also wonderful at Chosun; however, there are a few quirks I should mention. First, it closes a bit earlier that I might have guessed. We had a late start and didn’t arrive until 10:30. I thought that would be fine on a Friday night but we were the last patrons to be seated.
Second, the bahnchan (small dishes) were a somewhat disappointing. Some of my favorites were missing; there were no marinated cucumbers, soybean sprouts, green onion pancakes or the yummy little potatoes. And, the kimchi wasn't very spicy. Third, the very helpful waitresses had numbers instead of names. A little impersonal, but perhaps this is traditional? But, these flaws could not detract from our enjoyment of the fantastic short ribs.
Chsoun Galbee: 3330 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA