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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Gen Korean BBQ and Yakitori Bar


So this is the current KBBQ rage in the OC.  Move over Cham Sut Gol, because you have some true competition.  AYCE KBBQ, $20, best meats (in fact, 25 different kinds of high quality meat) I've had at an AYCE and great banchan.

So my biggest qualm with this place is its front of house.  An estimated 30 minutes of wait ended up being about 1.5 hours of wait.  Why?  Oh, they just like to let their friends skip to the front of the line.  Great service guys!  Great!  This was such a horrible way to start an evening and try out a new restaurant.  Seriously guys?  We were "next in line" for about an hour of the wait, as we saw many parties (with the same number of guests) go in before us.  All Korean.  Just saying.

Other than the front of house, which left such a sour note, the rest of the evening went much better.  Our server, I believe his name was Ron, was great.  He was enthusiastic about the place and he knew what he was talking about.  His recommendations were great (but then again pretty much every cut was great).


You come in to the dining area and you notice that this is no ordinary and dingy KBBQ place.  It definitely has a more modern vibe to it and it does have certain focuses on aesthetics.  Banchan are placed in square dishes that make it easier to tetris around with your limited table area.

And hey... they have Shocktops on draft!  +1!

So we start ordering.


The prime rib sirloin was one of their most popular and I can see why.  It's well marbled and as long as you don't overcook it, it'll be beefy and tender.  Overcook it and it's just an ordinary piece of sirloin.  Don't overcook it.


Brisket is everybody's favorite.  It's much better marbled than its competitor at Cham Sut Gol.  It was really good.  How I've missed good brisket...


Short ribs... always a favorite.  But here, it's different.  It really is tender and juicy.  Other restaurants with short ribs sometimes are tough... but not here.  Well marinated too.


Bulgogi?  Pretty much standard.  Except that it's much leaner.  The marbling is great, but they don't have excessive fats like pretty much every KBBQ place.

Other favorites were the beef belly, beef tongue and a second order of the steak.  Haha, but seriously, try out most of the 25 item menu.  I didn't have a single thing that I did not enjoy.

Oh, and hopefully the front of house gets their act together.

Gen Korean BBQ and Yakitori Bar
714-505-1800
13741 Newport Ave
Tustin, CA 92780