Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Culver City: Gyenari Korean BBQ & Lounge

Back to posting about food in the States :P

Right after I came back from my trip to the Far East, I checked my Groupon and realized that I had one expiring soon so I dragged Leonard out after work before a Clippers game and headed towards Gyenari. It's a Korean BBQ restaurant located right in the heart of downtown Culver City, it totally reminds me of a Korean version Gyu-Kaku. Inside, very upscale and modern decor, and the grills here are smokeless. The surprising thing is that it works so damn well too!

Price-wise, there's no AYCE here, but they do have these sets called the G sets, and it is for groups of people so that's what we went for.

Gyenari Korean BBQ & Lounge
9540 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232


Nice decor
Nice clean upscale decor.

Kimchi & potato salad
Banchan: kim chi & potato salad. Very standard items.

Soup & broccoli
Beefstock soup & broccoli

Salad & rice/seaweed
The salad and of course, seaweed wraps for rice. They also give you cold rice on the side.

Cucumber. Awesome marinade.

Traditional bean sprouts.

Our G1 set for two also came with japchae (noodles), and wow it is goood. I wouldn't mind just ordering that and eating it all.

The amazing smokeless grill!

Our G1 set. Comes with bulgogi, kalbi, chicken, and pork belly.

Yum :]

The sauces they provide. Very different from your typical sauces at KBBQ spots. The one on the left has a very heavy tomato base so it's almost like a salsa.

Grill hard at work. Favorite was definitely the aged pork belly. Very tender and not overly fatty!

Surprisingly, it was a lot of food and we both left pretty satisfied. For $80, it is a little steep for two, especially when AYCE spots are only around $16-20. Go on a weekday since it's around $50. We couldn't get that price since we had the Groupon. If it wasn't for the Groupon I probably would've just left but the place does have high quality meat and the service is top notch. They also have a happy hour menu that I wouldn't mind taking advantage of next time around.