Hobak Korean BBQ

Hobak Korean BBQ
5808 Spring Mountain Rd #101
Las Vegas, NV 89146
(702) 257-1526
http://hobakfamilyusa.com/

FINALLY.

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FINALLY, a Korean BBQ joint that can be on par with K-town restaurants on LA. We were blown away by the quality of meats and the super attentive level of service. As of this past Sunday, our server said they were about 10 days old.

Hobak is legit. Straight from Korea, and Las Vegas is lucky to have it’s first location.

The eating experience was fantastic. They already had all the panchan set up and the charcoal grills already rip-roaring. Yes, I said charcoal – real charcoal. During our entire meal, staff would continually pass by to make sure our meat was perfectly cooked, side dishes and drinks continually filled and addressed. We had one main girl, but they seemed to rotate as well.

We chose the Hobak Family Combo that gave us a taste of both beef and pork cuts. All were amazingly delicious and tender, but our definite fave was the short rib cut. You know when you’re eating the traditional short rib with the bone and trying oh-so-hard to still look civilized while gnawing on the bone? Well, in their version, all the bone has been removed, it is lightly marinated and so, so tender. No more viciously trying to pull the bone off and/or trying daintily to chew. Hobak’s meat is THAT gooooood.

Conclusion: Don’t ya’ll go there all at once. Let this be my secret spot for just a bit. 😉

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Sura (was SuLa) BBQ Buffet

Sula BBQ Buffet
4480 Spring Mountain Rd.
Las Vegas, NV 89102
(702) 365-9888

Their meat is good and decently marinated just wish they had more variety of panchan.
Sula BBQ Buffet
Recommend: Kalbi, bulgogi
Conclusion: average korean bbq, not bad for AYCE in Vegas. it ain’t no k-town, so don’t expect too much.

Count down…

Count down to Kogi Tacos begins…. 14 days…… ’til I taste the scrumptiousness of Kogi Tacos!!!!!!! *clap clap clap* *jumping up and down* oh boi oh boi!!

http://www.kogibbq.com
http://www.alibiroomla.com/home.php

here’s some muy dericious looking photos of kogi bbq!!!!! that are sourced from their flickr account.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kogibbq/sets/72157610020301062/

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Socal Revisited

NOTE: Possibly last food blog entry until I get back into the US from my tour of Asia (HK, Thailand and Vietnam). BUT! I will take plenty of food pictures because as of right now, the only thing on my mind is all the food I am going to eat and all the fruit that is going to be in season! Yip!!

Last Night’s Location: La Paella. Maybe it was because I went in with very high expectations. We got the seafood Paella but flavors WEREN’t amazing as yelp said. I expected something that needed 30 minutes to make to have an explosion of flavors. Somehow, it just tasted like minute rice quickly mixed with some seafood and sauces…

BREAKFAST: i’ve noticed that Yi Mei has been on the top 5 on LA yelp for the past few months, so we finally made it for breakfast. tasty it is. everyone in there was getting the traditional chinese breakfast – dou jiang and you tiao. so we got the dou jiang, you tiao + cong you bing and zhu rou xiao bing. all were quite tasty

(626) 284-9306
736 S. Atlantic Blvd.
Monterey Park CA 91754
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DINNER: I’ve been waiting for this for 3 wks! to Chunju Han il Kwan… we had it a couple months ago but forgot to bring a camera! here are the tasty dishes from today – squid/pork bokkeum, kimchi jigae with all kinds of yummies (spam, hot dog, daikon, kimchi), See the wonderful stew boil!, and of course the best banchan ever! their rice is made uniquely also…. everything was good, and once again, we all ate like a champ. all this food fed 2 boys and a small girl (me) very very well… oh soooo good!!!!!!!!

(213) 480-1799
3450 W 6th St #106
Los Angeles CA 90020

Chunju Han Il Kwan Sign Close Up Pan Chan Noodles Stewing Jigae IMG_9175

Bad Food

DINNER:
So, sushi roku (Las Vegas, NV, Forum Shops) – this over glamorized restaurant they claim to be a japanese restaurant. They have happy hour even on Saturdays, so i said, “why not? it’s cheap.” CHEAP it is. On their happy hour menu, $4 for rolls (6 pieces), $3 for full size alcoholic beverages, and $2 for a mini chocolate volcano cake.

CONCLUSION: BAD BAD SUSHI. fish was not fresh at all and usually, rolls can become acceptable with a healthy dunk of soy sauce. No no no…. still BAD. Shall i post the pictures? heck no! my friend has been there more than once (only for the lychee mojito, she swears) and agrees that the sushi has always been bad. we even tried all the fish on the menu – none was acceptable, not even the eel with the eel sauce that usually makes it yummy. =P

Please, please, if you want a sushi fix do not go to a trying to be trendy place with bad food like Sushi Roku, even with cheap happy hour. If you want good ambience, trendy decor, pretty decent service and to get a little sloshed before a night of partying, then you can go. Just don’t expect anything to dazzle your tongue foodwise.

MICHELLE’S MOOD: UNSATISFIED and waste of calories

LATER EVENING SNACK: after sushi roku, we wanted something more satisfying, so we headed to DJK (chinatown area, Las Vegas). another mediocre meal BUT better than sushi roku i must say. i wanted naengmyun sooooo bad but they ran out?! how do you run out of that?! anyways… we settled for tasted-not-stewed-long enough seafood soondubu and some undermarinated-slightlyburnt-kalbi and some mediocre banchan (although the kimchi was especially good tonight)

CONCLUSION: comparatively better than sushi roku, but average at best. heck, it’s happy hr after 11 pm and open 24hrs.

MOOD: APATHETIC. time for bed

The Grill mediocre banchan soondubu & rice squid slightly burnt kalbi

Shik Do Rak

Shik Do Rak – House of Duk Bo Sam.
(213) 384-4148
2501 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles CA 90006

So you take the grilled meat, pile it with some nicely shredded salad, pile some banchan on (oh boy shredded kimchee yummies), dip with some hot chili sauce and/or some salted sesame oil and eat it all in a rice wrap (see picture progression)

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duk bo sam is so delicious to me because in one bite, you can get flavors of meaty, tangy, spicy, garlicky all with textures/senses of crunchy, chewy, hot and cold. You get me?

MORE TO COME… the massive food blog is here… and going