Eating in LA: Haejangchon Dolgooi Restaurant

My husband loves Korean BBQ…I have, uh, digestive problems, when we go. So, I really try to be at my whiny best when he suggests it. With a toddler and a little kid who wants to cook herself, almost any grill place is a nuisance. Yet, I do love watching my food get cooked right at the table, where I do it myself (Gyu Kaku) or the servers do it (any Korean BBQ restaurant).

After we attended the Earth Day event on Wilshire Blvd. last month, we decided to grab some food. Being broke, really limited our options, but after asking around, we wound up at Haejangchon Dolgooi Restaurant, that I’m going to call Kimchi BBQ from now one because it’s the only English part of their sign. We really enjoyed it and decided to try it again on Saturday just to make sure it was consistent a month out.  The restaurant sits in the middle of a strip mall on 6th St. and has packed parking lot. After 6pm, there is valet, which any diner in Koreatown will know is practically mandatory.

There are a lot of options on the menu, but remember, this is a kimchi restaurant. Because of finances, we chose to go with the all-you-can-eat option. For $16.99 per person (children under 5 eat free), you get 5 different kimchis, kimchi pancake, short ribs, brisket and pork belly (which we took off since I don’t eat pork), fried rice, red bean paste soup and a bowl of salad.

The salad, kimchis and kimchi pancake are served first, probably to fill you up before the meat. The meat comes out and you can add more as you go along. Finally, when you’re done, the red bean paste soup comes out and the fried rice is cooked on there. In between batches of food, the servers use shredded radish clean the stone grill.

The restaurant is open from 11am to 2am, so there’s a late night eating place for you. Haejangchon Dolgooi has a patio on the side where smoking is allowed and the restaurant serves Korean beers, pomegranate and raspberry wines and several Korean vodkas. Haejangchon Dolgooi is located at 3821 W 6th St., in Koreatown at Hobart. You can call for reservations at (213) 389-8777.

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