Grills sizzle in the center of the tables at Young Dong Garden. At this traditional Korean barbecue, diners sear slices of USDA prime beef atop these grills, some lightly seasoned or marinated in the house's soy-based barbecue sauce. The scent of grilled short ribs, pork belly, or tiger prawns activates taste buds, while accompanying small plates containing sides such as kimchi add an extra kick. Kitchen entrees such as bibimbop and noodles dishes are no less satisfying or less desirable to sacrifice in a food sculpture.
From the bustling streets of Times Square to the equally vivacious streets of Hong Kong, people walk around with smiles after enjoying the japanese barbecue cuisine at Gyu-Kaku. The restaurant has more than 700 locations worldwide, each rooted in the belief that some of the strongest bonds between friends are forged at the dinner table. Groups dine on a huge variety of Japanese dishes, from popular meat and veggie dishes such as Harami Skirt Steak, Kalbi Short Rib, and Mushroom Medley - to unique Japanese-American appetizers such as the Spicy Tuna Volcano, Pork Gyoza Dumplings, and Chicken Karaage. The real excitement takes place around individual grills, however, where diners can barbecue their own slabs of filet mignon, grilled ahi tuna, or chicken with basil sauce until they are ideally tender or encircled by on-duty firemen.
Since 1994, locals have flocked to Gam Ja Gol in pursuit of piping hot and hearty portions of Korean cuisine. In the interim, the hot-pot hot-spot has done so well that the owners have opened up a second location. That means double the bibim bap, spicy squid, pork belly, and barbecue ribs the restaurant's fans applaud. Authentic flourishes add to the restaurant's appeal. Many entrees arrive in traditional stone bowls, keeping the kimchi-laden rice and vegetables warm.
Authentic Korean flavors and crowd-pleasing portions extend to the libations as well. The bar overflows with Korean vodka, fruit wine, and rice wine. Be sure to try the well-known spicy pork bone potato soup?a Gam Ja Gol classic called gamja tang.
Folks are noticing Executive chef Michael Chang's brand of healthy Korean comfort food?so much so that in 2013, Pasadena Weekly readers voted Osek Korean Restaurant the spot with the best Korean food in the city. But he's not just concerned about flavors and textures: color is important for Michael, who makes sure each dish includes the five hues traditionally associated with various organs of the body. He layers kimchi, ham, and fried eggs, stirs dumplings into spicy broths, and braises ribs until they're fall-off-the-bone tender. All of the dishes can be customized to spice preference, and the sunlit dining room with a casual atmosphere adds to the experience.
Face Cafe's expansive menu of authentic Chinese comestibles runs the gamut from sandwiches and grilled protein to stir-fried spaghetti and curried dishes. Chefs can prepare each dish with varying degrees of spice, depending on whether each patron wants to roast marshmallows on their breath for dessert.
This fast food restaurant has tasty options while eschewing all added MSG, frying, dairy, skin, and trans-fats. At 146-plus The Flame Broiler The Rice Bowl King locations, visitors can enjoy bowls and plates for lunch and dinner with wholesome ingredients such as brown rice, Angus beef, and skinless chicken. Menu items with fresh veggies include carrots containing vitamin A and cabbage with Vitamin E for good eye health.