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Korean BBQ
March 15, 2014

Yesterday, my boyfriend took me out to try out Korean BBQ for the first time with his siblings. We ended up going to Genwa Korean BBQ in Central LA/Wilshire. This Korean BBQ restaurant is more on the expensive side and it’s not an “all-you-can-eat” compared to other Korean BBQ’s nearby but the quality really makes up for it (according to most Yelpers; I will confirm this when I try different KBBQ’s later on). The staff are amazing! They’re really attentive, friendly, walked us through everything, and all of that good stuff.

We ended up ordering the course that serves three people. Though it was mostly me and my boyfriend’s older brother who ate most of the meat. To start things off, the staff gave us around 25 mini dishes to try out such as kimchi, tofu, baby anchovies, mashed potatoes, and seaweed. My favorites out of the mini dishes would be the seaweed, anchovies, and mashed potatoes.

The first set of meat includes cha dol, which is sliced beef prime brisket. As for the second set, there are the Joo Mul Luk (marinated cut beef) and Prime Galbi (marinated short ribs). The menu states that all of the meat are premium quality and I absolutely agree with it! My favorite out of the three would be the Joo Mul Luk because I try to make it crispy on the outside and juicy + soft on the inside.

Next on the course, we got a bowl of Bibimbap (rice mixed with vegetables). It was cool because the staff came with the bowl then mixed all of the components together to literally make it mixed rice. What I liked about this dish is that the rice tastes a bit crispy.

Of course, here’s a picture of my boyfriend and myself at the restaurant. Even though he doesn’t eat meat except for seafood, the restaurant still has a seafood/vegetarian option so he doesn’t miss out.

There were a couple of other sides such as a salad and steamed egg. Overall, I loved the meal! There was deliciousness in every bite! I think it’s worth the money if you’re willing to spend it. It’s around $35 per person give or take. At the end of the meal, the staff gave us lychee shots and toasted with us. I highly recommend Genwa for anyone who’s considering the place.

After we left Genwa, we went to The Grove to buy some Sprinkles Cupcakes! I usually don’t like eating cupcakes but Sprinkles is the only exception since it’s so delicious and doesn’t get me bloated. My boyfriend bought me the “normal-sized” red velvet, mini pumpkin, mini chocolate marshmallow, and mini black + white cupcake. The frosting was supposed to look more smooth but I left it wrapped in wax paper overnight so it got a bit deformed. Either way, it’s still delicious! The normal cupcakes cost $3.75 and the small ones are $2.

This week got a bit busier for me. I started on a couple of study guides for my economics and calculus class since there’s a test coming up. I went to the first meeting of the honors society on Thursday and this looks like a promising semester for the club. Speaking of clubs, a friend and I are starting up a group for students who are interested in cyber-security/info-sec/networking/etc/etc. Some of the kinks are getting worked out. One of the goals of the group is to compete in some capture the flag competitions.

13 Responses

  1. Tiffany ☆ March 15, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    I love Korean BBQ! We have so many here in NYC. I prefer the all you can eat. It works out price and group wise. All amounting for a great deal!

    Looks like you got an awesome deal. 🙂 I’m loving that red bullseye cupcake.

  2. Tara ☆ March 15, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    YUM YUM YUMMMMMMMMMM. When I saw this on Instagram, I was with my friend yesterday, so I showed her your photo of the spread, and her eyes got big. That’s a lot of banchan (side dishes), and they all look so good! Nommmm!

    I don’t see any lettuce leaves for you to wrap the meat in — did they give it or no? That’s a common thing at Korean BBQ.

    And cupcakes! I love cupcakes, but I prefer to make my own since a lot of places here, the cupcakes are well-decorated, but the actual cake part is blegggggh! So yeah 🙂

    Oh! And to answer your question about the strawberry thing, it was in small enough chunks for them to be slurped up by a straw XD;

  3. Sarah ☆ March 16, 2014 at 1:23 am

    Wow this reminds me of my first time at Korean bbq — I was so overwhelmed but thank goodness I had an ‘experienced’ group of friends with me otherwise I would have had no idea what to do. Yum!

  4. Chynna ☆ March 16, 2014 at 7:16 am

    I have been wanting to try Korean BBQ in FOREVER.

    This post has just fuelled my appetite. Everything looks so delicious. Hopefully I get to go soon!

  5. Sunny ☆ March 16, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    KOREAN BBQ!!!! Oh my goodness, I do love me some Korean BBQ 🙂 I’m so hungry right nowww ahhhhhh. I also want some hot pot right now, actually…

    That gigantic cupcake looks mouth-watering as well… oh gosh, it’s almost 10 at night and I’m craving for food! Nancy, why you do this to me 😛 haha

  6. Penda Penn ☆ March 16, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Yum! I can’t believe you guys ate all of that! Everything looks so delicious, especially Cha dol! I don’t have Korean food very often and when I do, I usually end up ordering Chicken BBQ or Bulgogi.

  7. Michelle ☆ March 16, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    Oh my goodness, I’m beat. You post up the yummiest food pictures out there in the internets. Seriously. I want everything you had/having because it looks delicious.

    Good luck with your club!

    You and your boyfriend are quite cute together! Yay!

  8. Cat ☆ March 16, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    Wow, that’s so much food! My favorite mini dishes are the potatoes and seaweed too 🙂 All of that looks so good! I love Korean BBQ. We get it pretty often, but we usually don’t do the cook-it-yourself thing.

    Aahh, I wish there was a Sprinkles in our city. I had it when I was in LA and that was it 🙁

    Good luck starting up your group!

  9. Bea ☆ March 17, 2014 at 5:04 am

    You’re making me crave for korean food! It’s been a long time sice I ate korean food and so far i can’t find a restaurant or anyflavors except the ramen. I hope i can find one soon. Haha

  10. AnneMarie ☆ March 17, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    I LOVE KOREAN BBQ. That looks so delicious!

    The cupcakes look fun too! I find it hard to believe that the cupcakes didn’t make you feel bloated though. I always feel bloated after I eat a lot of good food in general. 😛 But it’s worth the deliciousness.

    Good luck with your studies! It sounds like you’re pretty busy.

  11. Agent Q ☆ March 18, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    Wait, this is your first time going to a Korean BBQ!? After all these posts on appetizing food that makes me crave more, I just assumed you’ve been to one already! xD You two look great, BTW. It’s nice how they offer pescetarian/vegetarian-friendly options. HA! Now my vegetarian/diet-restricted friends cannot use that as an excuse to bail out on the rest of us! MWAHAHAHAAA! *Evil grin* Sorry, I got a bit excited there. 😛

  12. Shar ☆ March 20, 2014 at 11:11 am

    OMG that looks soooo good!! I LOVE KOREAN BBQ!! I don’t get to go to a Korean place enough. Wish I could but like you said, they are more on the expensive side. I just go for this food court restaurant at the mall close to my work because they give you sooooo much food for a decent price. Still though … I would actually love to go for an all you can eat Korean place. Cooking it yourself at those places makes it so much fun and just how you like it!

    Man those cupcakes are look so good too! You’re killing me! I’m getting so hungry now!

  13. Jhanz ☆ March 20, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    Men that looks incredible! I would die to try some of those! Haha! x_x

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