4235 S Fort Apache Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89147
Phone number (702) 740-5267
K-Bop has always piqued my interest whenever I drove by their sign heading home from work, so when I was invited by K-Bop recently to try them out, the invitation was the impetus to finally make me go!
Walking into K-Bop, I could see what June the owner was going for. It’s a hip, clean yet relaxed atmosphere with a modern yet still familiar twist on Korean food.
We started off with complimentary deep fried wonton strips which were lightly sweetened with a sprinkle of granulated sugar. I’m not one of those people to start with dessert for dinner, but these were delicious! It reminded me of cinnamon toast waffle cereal without the sugar overload. Out came the kimchi fried rice with a golden yolky egg plopped right on top. The kimchi flavor embedded throughout the rice had the right level of tangy, but I felt that it lacked some of that “wok hei” that accompanies Cantonese style fried rice. Is it wrong to expect that with Korean style fried rice? Of course accompanying everything came banchan/panchan on a 9-well plate. Now let me say this – it is rare that I enjoy every single banchan, but I did not have complaints of the nine out of nine. Still, the best was the kimchi, tangy, crunchy, fermented long enough and spicy. Our last appetizer was the half order of potstickers that comes with a Yelp check in. The wonton wrapper was crispy and the filling nice was a nice and savory mix of meat and vegetables.
Next came a slew of savory main dishes for our piggy selves – we always go overboard, but why not when you’re at a new restaurant? It’s impossible to form an educated opinion on just a few dishes. Spam Musubi came with a nice surprise of fried egg layer inside. Remember to eat it quickly or the seaweed will get soggy from the heat. The Kimchi dumpling stew of course floated my boat because of the quality of kimchi, and who can say no to a comforting stew? Kalbi was a bit too sweet for my tastes, but the pork belly bo ssam was indulgent. The unctuous pork belly was balanced out with the fresh greens and dipping sauce. The finally savory dish was a sizzling hot platter of stir fried chicken gizzards. Gizzards sounds gross to the average American, but growing up on chicken feet and pig’s blood, gizzards don’t scare me! In fact, this was a good compliment to our fluffy side of rice.
We had a nice spread of dessert of caramel flan, tempura icecream and deep fried oreos, but my favorite of the three was definitely the deep fried oreos. Something about the batter and frying process renders the cookie layer to be more of a cakey texture, and I’m a sucker for cake!
Conclusion: Though to be honest K-town in LA is always being better in taste, June serves a great variety of traditional dishes in a very nice modern atmosphere. I can see what she had in mind when designing the place and naming it for korean tapas. K-Bop is NOT K-town. Instead, it’s a whole new niche in Vegas – a hip place to hang out drink and munch on small Korean style dishes. (As a disclaimer, we did pay for our meal, but June was nice enough to let us try their stir fry chicken gizzard and an array of complimentary desserts.)